Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

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Fasten your seatbelts, kids. By the time I’m done with you today, you will be down on your knees, begging for more, declaring your undying love for cheese blogs in general, but this one in particular, and declaring me Queen of Cheeses. Everyone else is merely my jester.

Let the merriment begin.

I might have mentioned this before, but I kind of look like and English rose. On the inside, however, I am a sweaty, hairy cowboy. It gets really confusing sometimes. So while the lady-like breakfast en vogue seems to be composed mostly of fresh fruit and sea breeze, I’m more into waffles and pancakes. And bacon, let’s not forget the bacon.

And of course, no meal is complete without cheese.

So while I’ve combined cheese and pancakes before on this blog (see Cream Cheese Pancakes), those were light and very lady-like indeed.

These here are a horse of a different color. They’re messily, stickily, blissfully un-lady-like. They will step on your average pancake and crush it to a sad, cheese-less pulp. They are the Beyoncé of pancakes.

I see no reason to ever make the plain recipe again.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Servings: 4 to 6, or you know, 1

Prep time: 20 minutes

You will need:

For the strawberry sauce:

  • 3 cups diced strawberries
  • 1 cups sugar
  • tablespoons lemon juice

For the pancakes:

  • 8oz, or 250gr, of either cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone, or a combination thereof (which is what I went with)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • about 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

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Combine all the ingredients for the strawberry sauce in a sauce pan. Place over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until slightly reduced and thickened.

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Set aside to cool.

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Beat the first 7 ingredients on the pancake list until smooth.

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Gradually add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

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Heat a skillet over medium heat. Measure out 1/4 cups of batter and pour onto the hot skillet, flipping the pancakes over as bubbles appear on the surface.

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Finish browning on the other side.

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Serve hot, topped with strawberry sauce.

Enjoy 🙂

Clara

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Apple Cheese Danish

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I am not, on a general note, a person who is easily embarrassed. I have been known to skip down the busiest street in town, flapping my arms, bird-like, at the hint of Christmas in the air. It is not at all uncommon for me to wait for the doors to close on crowded elevators to ask: “You must be wondering why I have gathered you here”, or to wind up in a ball on the floor in reaction to the loudspeakers at the grocery store, moaning “The voices! The voices are back!” In a nutshell, doing a lot of things that seemed like a good idea at the time… but weren’t.

Good times.

But I draw the line at singing. I do not sing. I have sung, on occasion, but only under duress, and after at least two human sacrifices, and half a bottle of vodka. And trust me when I tell you, it’s for your own good. “Oh, it can’t be that bad”, you must be thinking. “She’s being modest”, you might add. Oh, how I wish I was. I forgot myself the other day and began singing in the shower, and now feel solely responsible for two hurricanes, an earthquake, and the near-extinction of the red-barbed ant.

But – it’s Christmas, and everybody seems to expect me to go a-carolin’ around. I’ve politely declined so often I’ve started to go with “bah, humbug” to speed things up.

Over the years, I’ve learned a profound and enlightening truth: People don’t like other people who “bah,  humbug” more than strictly necessary. However, people do like other people who make scrumptious treats.

So I make scrumptious treats. And share them on the Internet to spread the Christmas cheer.

And, my friends, this definitely falls into the category of scrumptious, Christmas-cheer-spreading breakfast treats that make people really like you.

Like, really.

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Apple Cheese Danish

Adapted from the scrumptious Live Laugh Rowe.

Servings: 8

Prep time: 1 hour

You will need:

  • 4 or 5 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry (any shape, really, but they should match)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup (250gr) sugar, separated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, separated
  • a good pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons caramel sauce of choice
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Milk

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First off, place one sheet of puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake in a medium oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden. Set aside.

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Place apples and butter in a large pan and cook until beginning to brown.

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At this point, add ½ cup of sugar, the flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and the nutmeg, and stir to mix.

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Add caramel and stir again.

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Cook for a few more minutes to caramelize a bit, then set aside.

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Beat the cream cheese with the remaining ½ cup of sugar and the egg.

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Allowing for some space along the edges, spread the cream cheese mixture over the baked puff pastry, taking care not to break through the surface. Spoon the apple mixture over that, distributing evenly.

Eat any stray apples straight out of the pan. Go ahead, it’s fruit, it’s good for you.

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Top with the second sheet of puff pastry and seal off the edges by pressing them together, or even folding them over a bit.

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Brush with a bit of milk, cut 5 or 6 small vents and sprinkle with sugar and the remaining cinnamon.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until a deep golden brown (I might’ve overdone it a wee bit here…). While this is baking, kick back into your couch and enjoy the heavenly smell wafting from your oven.

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Cool for a bit, carefully cut into triangles and enjoy it hot out of the oven, or completely cooled the next day. If you can even wait that long.

Enjoy!

Clara

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Cream Cheese Pancakes, or the Ghost of Mornings Yet to Come

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This week, it’s all about mornings. To begin on a completely recipe-unrelated note, someday I’m totally going to wake up my kids to this:

And if that doesn’t work, I’ll play this:

That ought to do the trick. Because if Mufasa pacing regally across the African savanna doesn’t get the kids out of bed, Darth Vader sure will. Disney and Star Wars, those are totally gonna be my educational values.

I mean, admit it, you cried when Mufasa died. And Bambi’s mom. That was traumatic. And don’t even get me started on Dumbo. I was a mess after Dumbo. And these are supposed to be kids’ movies. Kids’ movies! Look at me! I’m scarred for life.

But I digress. This all started with mornings. Mornings mean breakfast. Breakfast means pancakes.

Duh.

With my mixed-up heritage muddling up much of my life, in this I can say I am a true American: I love pancakes. Let me rephrase that: I adore pancakes. Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast food. They are perfect in so many different ways. But they have one major drawback: They do not, traditionally, include cheese.

Of course we needed to remedy that ASAP. It turns out, you can make pancakes with just cream cheese and eggs. Yes, that’s right. Cream cheese and eggs. Which, granted, is basically cheesecake in a pancake-disguise. Zorro mask and all (are you picturing that? I am). And tell me, dear friends, what more can you ask for?

True pancake lovers beware: These are not your traditional fluffy pancakes. These are wonderfully light and delicate. These are fairy pancakes. These are pancakes you will eat by the dozen, guilt free. I believe we have found paradise.

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Cream Cheese Pancakes

Servings: 3 or 4, depending on how much you love pancakes. 1 if you are me.

Prep time: 10 minutes.

You will need:

  • 120gr, or 4oz, cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • optional: sweetener of choice
  • optional: vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, or whatever you might like to try
  • optional: topping of choice, e.g. powdered sugar, maple syrup, etc

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Place all ingredients except the toppings in a bowl. Beat until fully incorporated. You will note this batter is very liquid compared to other pancake batters. Remember that it will spread out quite a bit in the pan, almost like a small crêpe.

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Heat up your pan or skillet with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Pour one or two tablespoons of the batter into your pan, and cook for a couple of minutes on one side. Carefully flip them over and cook for maybe one more minute. Repeat the process with the rest of the batter.

Serve with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, as shown. Or drown them in maple syrup, as not shown, but definitely the way I ate them.

Enjoy!

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