If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, this Valentine’s Day Recipe for two is just the trick. What better way to start the day than with a special breakfast prepared with love.
Whether you’re whipping up breakfast for a spouse with sophisticated tastes or you’re tempting the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired.
- Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries. These berries pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up cold cereal.
- For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity-berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top.
- Show your affection with a plate of these colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes cooked with 100 percent cocoa, buttermilk, and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavorful pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and more berries for a sensational way to say “I love you.”
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Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring
- heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
- butter, for garnish (optional)
- powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
- maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
- fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
In a large bowl, fully combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Use another large bowl to whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.
Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1 – 2 minutes more, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.
Tip: If using cookie cutters, be sure to coat them with oil so pancakes doesn’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping.
Servings: 10 pancakes