Ok. It’s official. I’ve been
bitten attacked by the baking bug! This happens every Fall for me. Football returns. The weather gets cooler. And I fire up the oven. Fresh bread. Pies. Cakes. Pancakes. You name it…I probably love baking it! Of course, the fact that crisp, juicy apples are all over the place right now in upstate New York is certainly fueling my baking obsession. (This Apple Harvest Bread and these Rustic Apple Tarts are proof that apples have attacked my kitchen!) But I decided to break out of the apple routine last weekend and go in a completely different direction. It was a lazy Sunday morning, and I wanted to do something fun for breakfast. As I was flipping through my recipe ideas, I landed on Red Velvet Pancakes. Done! They’re fun, colorful, and a twist on the ordinary. While these Red Velvet Pancakes don’t feature apples…they still totally hit the spot for me!
Did you know that the red color in Red Velvet Cakes (or Pancakes in this case) used to come from the reaction between the white vinegar and buttermilk with the cocoa powder? Yup, it didn’t involve loads of red food coloring. Shocking! But today, most Red Velvet recipes use red food coloring to get that wonderful red color that we all know and love. Even many professional bakeries have resorted to red food coloring. So while this recipe for Red Velvet Pancakes does indeed include red food coloring, it still includes the flavors found in traditional Red Velvet recipes…namely the cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar. In fact, the buttermilk addition is what gave me the idea for pancakes. I love buttermilk pancakes, so I figured Red Velvet Pancakes would be a fun idea that still featured that unique buttermilk flavor.
Finally, I drizzled a cream cheese icing on top of these pancakes before serving. After all, red velvet cake just isn’t the same without cream cheese frosting, right? So I made a version very similar to what I would use on a cake and then just drizzled the tops of the pancakes with it. Finish with a light dusting of powdered sugar, and you’ve got a fun weekend breakfast that was surprisingly easy to make!