If you are looking for some recipe inspiration, look no further. Joy the Baker‘s new cookbook, Over Easy, is a delight! My little ones and I have enjoyed browsing through the book and marking the recipes we want to make.
While the book is filled with delicious meals, like Green Pea Fritters, Spaghetti Quiche, Breakfast BLTs (yes, please!) and Mini Apricot and Cardamom Scones, the Happy Birthday Pancake recipe really takes the cake (ahem, pun intended).
When the kids saw this picture, they both shrieked with happiness – I mean, wouldn’t you? Looks like we have a new birthday breakfast tradition!
Happy Birthday Pancakes
2⁄ 3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon baking powder
1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon baking soda
Generous pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 ⁄4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon plus a dash of pure vanilla extract
1 ⁄ 2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
About 1 tablespoon clarified butter (or regular butter) for the pan
2 tablespoons multicolored jimmies (sprinkles), plus more for topping
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Pour the whole mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until the wet and dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Let rest for 10 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the cream by hand or with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes, until it holds very soft peaks. Add the confectioners’ sugar and a dash of vanilla and beat for about 3 more minutes, until it forms slightly firmer but still spoonable soft peaks.
4. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt about half of the clarified butter.
5. Just before cooking the pancakes, fold 2 tablespoons of jimmies into the batter. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into the skillet. Cook until browned around the edges, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter, adding the rest of the butter to the pan to cook (you should have 6 small pancakes).
6. Stack all of the pancakes on a plate. Top with the whipped cream, sprinkle with more jimmies, light a candle, and sing “Happy Birthday”!
Reprinted from Joy the Baker Over Easy by Joy the Baker, Inc. Photographs by Jon Melendez. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.