Valentine's Day falls on a weekend this year and what better way to show you love your partner, than cooking them up some breakfast!
This is going to require a few optional items that make your dish look cute. Other than that, we're going straight from the box as to make it an easy morning brekkie.
Eggs & Pancakes (Valentine's edition)
I know my wife loves her morning coffee but if your significant other is more of a tea person, go for it!
Here's what you'll need:
4-6 strips of bacon
1 3/4 cups of pancake mix
1 cup of milk (or water)
1 1/2 TBSP beet powder or a few drops of red food coloring (optional)
Heart molds (optional)
Let's get started!
1. I always start with my bacon and if you've read my previous recipes, you know I'm all about throwing them in the oven. Lay out your strips of bacon on a baking sheet. Place on the middle rack and crank up your oven to 400 degrees. Leave them alone for about 16-18 mins (cooking time varies between ovens, keep an eye on them every now and then). Drain on some napkins when they're done.
2. For the boxed pancake mix, I used Trader Joe's Buttermilk Pancake mix. Mix together the 1 3/4 cups of mix, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk. Mix until combined but don't overmix! You want some lumps but still have all the ingredients incorporated.
*here is where you would mix in the beet powder or food coloring as well.
**the pancake mix will make about 8-12 4" pancakes.
3. If you're using metallic heart molds, place it on the pan and set the flame to medium-low. Butter up the mold and the pan. Once the pan is hot and ready, pour about 1/4 cup of prepared pancake batter into each mold. Try to fill it up just about halfway of the mold or less. It'll puff up and end up overflowing the mold if you put too much! Once you see bubbles es forming in the pancake and like it's holding it's shape, remove the mold and flip carefully (so you don't break the shape).
*Catering tip: you can always keep your food warm in your oven in the lowest setting.
4. Wipe the molds clean and preheat/butter them up again, this time for the eggs. This step is fairly simple because you can leave them to cook for a sunny side up egg or remove the mold and carefully flip them over if you like them any other way.
5. Setup your plate and enjoy! I actually ate mine like a little pancake sandwich. Pancake/bacon/egg/pancake and then drizzled some maple syrup on it. Delicious.
Have a good morning and enjoy!