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Friday, July 24, 2015

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese 'Syrup'

My younger daughter recently turned 10. Double digits. My husband and I are super pumped that diapers, diaper bags, car seats, strollers, temper tantrums and unreasonable negotiations are a distant memory. (It can be argued that unreasonable negotiations are still a part of the mix.)

This is the first year the request was made that the 'Birthday Fairy' not show up for the festivities.



I am amazed that not too many people have heard of the Birthday Fairy. She always made an invisible appearance in the middle of the night (similar to Santa or the Tooth Fairy) on birthdays and would decorate with balloons in the tree of the front yard. Streamers and balloons would magically appear all other the house and a wonderful birthday message written with colorful marker in super fancy handwriting on the bathroom mirror. It was magical to wake up to such fabulous decorations on your birthday.

The Birthday Fairy's departure leaves our family with only a couple simple Birthday Rules.
     1. The birthday person get to choose what is on the menu for the entire day.
     2. The birthday person MUST take the first bite of cake for Good Birthday Luck. 

For breakfast, the request from my daughter was for Red Velvet Pancakes. The mix I had used had been discontinued. That was a bummer, but I'm a  capable person so I developed a recipe of my own.

We ate our pancakes and then set out on a shopping spree at the mall. My daughter didn't even want traditionally wrapped birthday presents this year.  Her birthday wish was to go shopping on her actual birthday and make specific selections and purchases from her 'Must Have' and 'Nice to Have' birthday list. There were only a few things on the 'Must Have' list and one item was at the very top: Ollie. (If you don't know what an Ollie Robot is, check it out on YouTube. I am not capable of giving an adequate description.)

When the few items had been crossed off the 'Must Have' list, we made our way home so my daughter could figure out how to operate her new Ollie.  

Let the birthday drama begin.

Ollie was missing its hubs. I ripped the plastic holder that was glued in the box. No hubs. I rummage for the receipt and called the store. We had to go back to the mall and make an exchange. I do not like going to the mall. At all. I rarely go shopping and for me to make a second trip to the mall in the same day does not make me happy. At all.

The very kind clerk at the store saw us coming (he is the one that sold us the original Ollie and the one I spoke with on the phone), grabbed an Ollie from the shelf, made the exchange and we were quickly on our way. As I was driving home, my daughter pulled the box from the bag only to find it had been resealed with blue painters tape. It had obviously been returned to the store. When we got home, the Ollie II was dirty and had the wrong type of charger. My daughter looked helpless at me with tears welling up in her big brown eyes.

Back to the mall. A third trip in the same day. At this point, Ollie II was returned for a full refund since I did not want to make a fourth trip. 

We ended up purchasing Ollie III from another retailer (closer to home) at 8:30 PM so my daughter felt like she had a good birthday after all.

Thank goodness we started the day with Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup!


RED VELVET PANCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE SYRUP


INGREDIENTS:

For the 'Syrup':

  • 4 oz Neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • Milk (amount will depend on desired consistency)


For the Pancakes:

  • 2 cups red velvet cake mix
  • 1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups buttermilk

DIRECTIONS:

For the 'Syrup':
Beat cream cheese until smooth in a medium-small bowl with an electric hand mixer. Add powdered sugar, salt and vanilla and blend until smooth. Gradually add milk, a couple of tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.

For the Pancakes:
Blend cake mix, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups buttermilk. Add additional buttermilk until desired batter consistency is achieved. Cook on griddle. Brush nonstick griddle (or skilled) with vegetable oil or butter. Heat to medium and cook 1/4 cup batter (more or less depending on personal preference) 2-3 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.

9 comments:

Ashley C. said...

The birthday fairy sounds like such a fun idea! I would want a big stack of these pancakes too. Happy birthday to your daughter!

Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks said...

Oh my goodness! I am not familiar with this Ollie, but 3 trips to the mall on the same day sounds horrible! I'm glad your daughter finally got the right one that was new and clean for her birthday. Thank goodness for these delicious pancakes and that "syrup" sounds amazing. P.S. temper tantrums come back to girls when they reach their teens. You've been warned. :)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I've never heard of the birthday fairy - but I love the idea! Glad my kids are already grown so I don't have to start this one too! We have a special plate that was used for birthday meals and I think this would be a great treat to put on it! What a terrific idea and that cream cheese syrup is brilliant! Have a great weekend :)

Kennedy Cole| KCole's Creative Corner said...

You have totally inspired me to make red velvet pancakes! These look super yummy, especially with that creamy cream cheese "syrup"! I am seriously drooling over these ;) Thanks for sharing, and have a great day! :D

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen said...

The birthday fairy sounds like an awesome idea! And these pancake look divine! YUMMY share! :)

Cocoa and Lavender said...

There is no birthday fairy in my house, but it does remind me of my college years. Everyone was assigned someone else's birthday on each hall in the dorm. When that day came (or their half birthday, if the actual day came during summer break), your door was decorated in the middle of the night, and sweet treats were left for you the next day. It was a nice tradition.

Your pancakes look great - I am sure yours was better than any mix! And sorry to hear about the Ollie issues... I hate the mall, too!

Vineetha said...

Sounds delicious. I just love red velvet pancakes, and I like how you made a cream cheese "syrup" in lieu of maple. Yum!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! I'm sorry the Ollie saga was so long and grueling! I'm sure these pancakes made up for all of it ;) They look wonderful!

Priya Joshi said...

Yummmm I love the cream cheese syrup.......mouthwatering