Red Velvet Pancake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake has been a recent trend on dessert menus, but now it’s not just for dessert. Chef Kevin has created a twist on the traditional and created a new breakfast dish inspired by his love for dessert – Red Velvet Pancakes. He served his new dish yesterday and it was met with rave reviews and requests for the recipe. So here it is for you to prepare at home the next time you feel like indulging in the morning.

Ingredients:

PANCAKES:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or make your own buttermilk)- or add a little more if the batter appears to be too thick
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon red food coloring (red gel paste will get the dark red seen in the recipe)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted

SWEET CREAM CHEESE TOPPING:
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Pre-heat skillet or griddle over medium heat or 320°

2. Make the pancakes: Mix all of the dry ingredients (flour through salt) together in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine until all lumps are gone.

3. In a separate bowl, thoroughly mix the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir until mostly combined. Add in the melted butter and fold gently to mix.

4. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with cream cheese topping.

5. Prepare Cream Cheese Topping: In medium bowl, whip softened cream cheese and add remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth. Add a scoop between each pancake and on top of the Red Velvet Pancakes! Garnish with powdered sugar and enjoy!

For an impressive presentation and a little extra flavor, add some dehydrated pineapple for a garnish.

Enjoy!

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