This simple yet rewarding treat will let your loved ones know that you care for them more than any store-bought candy or chocolates, because it's heartfelt, it tastes delicious, and it's entirely homemade. This breakfast treat will keep your family (however large or small) anticipating the next valentine's day, and cherishing the holiday even more while becoming closer as a family or couple. In order to successfully cook this, you must understand that the most important ingredient to this recipe is love. If a Valentine's day breakfast like this is made without love and caring, it just doesn't taste the same.
Step 1: Gather Materials
•Pancake batter, homemade or made from a mix (I used Krusteaz).
•Jam of any kind, in which raspberry and strawberry taste the best. These types of jam also give the end result a pinkish hue, which keeps to the Valentine's Day theme.
•Heart-shaped metal cookie cutter (of desired size). If you don't have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can make one from a tin can (https://www.instructables.com/id/Heart-Shaped-Cookie-Cutter-From-Tin-Can) or resort to making normally shaped pancakes.
•Frying pan to cook the pancakes in (my family has a particular fondness for cast iron).
•Nonstick spray for the cookie cutters and the pan (PAM is very common and is what I used).
•Basic kitchen tools, such as a mixing bowl, whisk, pancake turner (or spatula to some people), spoon (for the jam), and a plate or platter (for the finished pancakes).
If you want to modify this recipe, go ahead! Experiment! Try new things, like peanut butter or Nutella or anything else you can think of that would make this taste even more delicious. Remember, this recipe isn't set in stone for anyone who uses it. On the contrary, this is meant to be a base for more imaginative cooking ideas.
I would recommend gathering all of these items together before making these pancakes, as you may not have enough time to grab individual items while the pancakes are being made.
Just as a note, many of these food items don't have amounts because I made enough for my family, and the amount of people you're cooking for will probably be different than mine. For the pancake batter, you need to make as much as you want, and for the jam, you'll need to estimate the amount needed to turn the batter very light shade of the jam's color.
Step 2: Find a Suitable Cooking Area
Step 3: Make Your Batter
When you have made this, here comes the important step: put your jam into the mix. When it comes to jam in this recipe, I would suggest putting in an amount that is smaller than what you would expect to be enough, and then stirring the batter and checking to see if it's enough, and then if you need more, in which you usually do, then add just a little more, then stir and check again. Take a look at the picture above, and use that as an example. You want the jam to slightly color the batter, but not deepen the overall color too much, as the jam will overpower the taste of the pancake. You also don't want too little jam because the pancakes won't rise as much and it won't have enough flavor to complement the overall taste. Also keep in mind that the more jam you add, the sweeter the recipe gets. If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, feel free to add more jam, and if you don't like pancakes as sweet, just use less jam.
Step 4: Prepare Your Cooking Instruments
When the pan is hot enough, you take your cookie cutter and your cooking spray and you thoroughly coat the inside and outside with the spray. If you miss a spot, the pancake will stick to the cookie cutter when you remove it. This step will need to be repeated before cooking every individual pancake.
Then, you will need to use the cooking spray on the pan you are cooking with. This step will need to be repeated after every two or three pancakes, depending on the type of cooking pan you used.
Step 5: Pour Batter
Step 6: Remove the Cookie Cutter and Flip
Step 7: Finish Cooking and Keep Warm
Then, repeat this entire process for as many pancakes as you want (or need), and put them all in the same place, be it oven or covered plate.