There's just something so exciting about having breakfast for dinner. Maybe it's just fun to have a little indulgence at dinnertime (breakfast = no veggies!). Although, the other day my boyfriend and I had breakfast for dinner mostly because we were bored of the usual rice + dishes fare, and too lazy to come up with anything special. So pancakes, eggs, and bacon it was! The thought of pancakes made me a bit giddy, as I always think of homemade pancakes as being fluffy and warm. But I realized that we had no milk in the house to make buttermilk, so I would only be able to make non-buttermilk pancakes, which wouldn't be as fluffy (buttermilk has the acidity that enhances the baking soda action, forming more air bubbles in the batter and therefore creating a light fluffy pancake). Still, I wanted a little something special about my pancakes, and came upon a recipe for coconut pancakes. Perfect! I had a can of unsweetened coconut milk just waiting to get some action.
Double Coconut Pancakes (makes 8 medium pancakes) Recipe from Cooking Light
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp flaked sweetened coconut (I omitted this – I guess that means my pancakes weren't double coconut haha)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 can (13.5 oz) can coconut milk (at room temperature)
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1. Combine flour, sugar, coconut flakes, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, coconut milk, and egg.
3. Gradually stir coconut milk mixture into flour mixture, until a smooth batter forms.
4. Pour 1/4-1/2 cup of batter for each pancake onto a hot non-stick skillet or griddle. Cook until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked, flip and cook other side until bottoms are lightly browned.
I found these pancakes to be perfect in flavor – with the rich aroma of coconut, but still with a light taste. They weren't fluffy like buttermilk pancakes, but were still soft and fork-tender. I drizzled some of my leftover bananas foster sauce on top, and mmmmm YUM!