" Hook" Peter Pancakes with Lost Boysenberry Syrup

If you're a kid at heart, you know that pancakes don't have to be just for breakfast! Drag your shadow down to the kitchen and whip up some of these sweetcakes!


For the syrup:

  • 4 cups or 1 lb. fresh or frozen boysenberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

For the pancakes:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • pixie dust, to taste


Make the syrup:

1. Combine berries, cinnamon, water, brown sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Remove cinnamon and add corn syrup and vanilla. Strain if desired and keep warm until use.

Make the batter:

1. Chop pecans into small pieces and toast in a dry skillet over medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring and tossing occasionally. Set aside.

2. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.

3. Separate the eggs.

4. In a second bowl, combine and whisk together the egg yolks and melted butter.

5. Add the milk and buttermilk to the egg yolk mixture and mix well.

6. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir together, then fold in the pecans.

7. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold into the batter.

8. Heat a griddle over medium high heat until quite hot and brush lightly with vegetable oil.

9. Pour batter onto the hot griddle 3 to 4 tablespoons at a time and cook until the surface begins to bubble and volcano, about 2 minutes.

10. Flip the cakes and cook another minute and eat promptly.

11. After eating your share of these lofty cakes, sing a round of "I Don't Want to Grow Up"; take a nap and leave the dishes for the grown-ups.

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