Make it. Eat it. Love it.
Three years ago tomorrow I met my best friend and one year and 3 months ago I married him. Enter Emanuel, the love of my life, my rock and biggest supporter. This post is all about him. Well, him and pancakes.
I often find myself just starring over at Emanuel while we are eating dinner, watching tv, walking the dogs and think “how did I get so lucky”? I never thought there would be someone so loving, caring, smart, dedicated and supportive as Emanuel. His sense of humor always make me laugh, his knowledge of so much teaches me new things every day, his support gets me through rough times and his drive to excel inspires me to do great things. He kisses away my boo boos, kills creepy spiders for me, tells me that I’m beautiful every day, lets me sing along to the music even though Im completely tone deaf, tries all my creations in the kitchen and even washes the dishes afterwards! He allows me and encourages me to be myself, flaws and all and loves me unconditionally. He has brightened my world more then you can imagine and opened my heart up to more love then I thought was possible. Sounds like a pretty great guy huh? He is. And, have I mentioned yet how cute he is??
Emanuel grew up in a family of 9 and has 22 cousins so as you can imagine there are birthdays as often as there is a new food network show. And, now that everyone is getting older, a new baby every other month! So as you can imagine birthdays can become pretty routine. And so I take it upon myself every birthday to make Emanuel feel like an only child (sorry sibs-I still love you) being spoiled with birthday love.
Yesterday was Emanuels birthday and a day that I got to shower him with sugar, er I mean love. OK fine, Love and sugar. I mean really, isn’t that what birthdays are all about anyway? Birthday pancakes have been done before and will be done again. But, they haven’t been done yet by me. I have gawked over images of birthday cake pancakes on various blogs and have been waiting for a chance to make them. Emanuel’s 29th birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity because well lets face it, who wouldn’t want to start their birthday off with something as pretty and delicious as these pancakes?
I opted to make fluffy buttermilk pancakes (with the addition of a little more sugar then normal) instead of the birthday pancakes I have seen that uses a cake mix for the batter. As amazing as that sounds, cake was for dessert and pancakes were for breakfast. These pancakes are fluffy and festive and the perfect way to start your birthday. And, if no one in your family is celebrating a birthday for a while then I’m pretty sure you can think of something to celebrate.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons colored sprinkles
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon colored sprinkles, plus more for sprinkling on top
Heat griddle or fry pan
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
Add eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter; whisk to combine. DO NOT over mix. Your batter should have some small lumps.
Fold in colored sprinkles.
Brush remaining butter or onto griddle or pan.
Using a ladle, pour pancake batter onto griddle.
When pancakes have bubbles on top, about 2 1/2 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.
Repeat with remaining batter.
To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and sprinkles.
Serve drizzled over pancakes.