It was my husband’s birthday recently and I knew exactly the kind of brunch he would drool over! So I decided to make banana, blueberry and strawberry pancakes but that’s not all, I though it would be fun to make FIFA World Cup themed pancakes. I searched for the official logo and tried my best to incorporate the colors into the pancakes and it was a goal! The pancakes turned out great and the side of bacon apple potatoes was perfect to balance of the sweetness. Anyways, I knew how hungry he would be when he comes home after playing golf so I thought I would kick start the brunch with an appetizer of granola fruit parfait (click here to get the recipe). But he indulged in this treat at the end instead. I told him he could start the brunch however he wishes he was the birthday boy after all. Try this recipe for your coming FIFA brunch party or just like that! Here it is;
Serves: 2 very hungry adults
For the Bacon Apple Potatoes
4 Strips of Bacon
1 Small Red Onion, diced
1 Red Apple, diced (skin on)
2 Medium Yukon Potatoes, diced and par-boiled (start with cold water)
Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Pinch of Sugar
Pinch of Paprika
Cilantro for garnish
For the Pancake
1-½ Cup Milk
¼ Cup White Vinegar
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
¼ Cup White Sugar
2 t Baking Soda Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
¼ Cup Butter (melted)
1 t Vanilla Extract
For the Bacon Apple Potatoes
1. Slowly heat a medium size cast-iron pan and cook bacon until crisp. Drain excess oil in a ramekin or heatproof container. When bacon is done, transfer it to a plate lined with paper towel.
2. Add onions along with a pinch of salt and sugar. Cook on very low heat until they are caramelized, 20-30mins minimum. Stir occasionally and add few drops of water if they start sticking.
3. Next add apples and cook for 10mins on low heat.
4. Add par-boiled potatoes and combine everything thoroughly. Cover and cook for another 15-20mins or until potatoes are fully cooked.
5. Garnish with roughly chopped bacon and cilantro. Season as needed.
For the Pancakes
1. Sour the milk – Pour vinegar into the milk and leave it aside for 5-10mins.
2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
3. Go back to step 1 and add eggs and melted butter and whisk thoroughly.
4. Now, place wet ingredients into dry and whisk until smooth.
5. Optional: You can divide the batter and add different food colors, start with ¼ teaspoon and add more as you wish.
6. The trick to cook perfect pancakes is low and slow, start with medium heat and then lower it. Ideally a non-stick pan or a griddle will work best.
7. I stress on using a cooking spray because it covers the pan evenly and you use less oil.
8. You can use a ladle or ¼ cup to pour the batter onto the pan. Don’t rush to flip until you see bubbles appearing on the surface first. Also, this is the time to add the fruits, if you desire.
*Please note the original pancakes recipe is by Kris from allrecipes.com