I really must thank Jim’s Pancakes for revolutionizing the way the world sees breakfast. He has turned pancakes into an art form, and compared with his amazing creations, mine are quite simple!
This morning I made these flourless crepes and the kids loved them. I’ll warn you right away – it takes a few tries to master the technique. These also cook very slowly, so be patient. Trust me, it will be worth it!
Flourless Festive Crepes
1 small acorn squash
2 very ripe bananas
pinch of salt
light sprinkle of ground nutmeg
several generous dashes of cinnamon
Cook acorn squash. I prefer microwaving for convenience. (Pierce in 6 places with a knife, microwave on high for 8 minutes, turn over and microwave on high for 2 more minutes until soft.) Split squash in half and scoop out seeds.
While squash is cooking, add remaining ingredients to the blender and thoroughly combine. Adding a couple of scoops of cooked squash at a time to the blender, blend all ingredients together.
Pour mixture into a diner-style ketchup bottle. (I used this in my butterfly pizza recipe and you can see a picture here.)
Now comes the tricky part – the pancake art. Heat electric griddle to medium-high and very lightly oil it. Start with something simple (like a snowman), and it’s best to draw your outline, then fill in the gaps. Then comes the harder part – wait. Walk away. Check your email. Pay the electric bill. Call your mother in law. Trust me, this step takes a few minutes. Basically, you don’t want to flip them until they are cooked through. If you test a corner and they seem like they are sticking too much, don’t flip them yet! Your patience will be rewarded! After they are flipped, they probably only need another minute to cook. Another tip – shake your squeeze bottle lightly before starting the next batch, so you don’t start with the foamy part that rises to the top.
Most of all, have FUN with this, and don’t be alarmed if your first batch or two is a complete disaster. It takes some time to master the technique. Be as creative as you wish. The picture above has a star, Christmas tree, gingerbread man, angel… even a “holly and ivy” that looks a little more like a reindeer. Pictured below, I decorated Christmas trees with shredded coconut “snow” and diced strawberry “ornaments”. Kids loved it!