Making a special Valentine’s Day breakfast is a great way to start the day. Your family will light up at the sight of pancakes with a heartfelt message. Serving them with strawberry purée and whipped cream adds a special flair. After trying these pancakes, you may never eat them with syrup again.

What you'll need: 

  • Pancake mix
  • Canned whipped cream
  • 20-ounce bag of frozen, unsweetened strawberries (or 20-ounces of fresh strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, optional
  • Squeeze bottle

For the strawberry purée:

1. Place the unsweetened frozen strawberries in a large bowl and thaw. This may take a few hours.

2. Once thawed, put the strawberries and their juice in the bowl of a food processor or blender and process the berries until they are puréed.

3. Pour the purée into a 2-cup measuring cup. You should have about 1¼ cups of purée. Add ¼ cup sugar and stir until dissolved.

4. Taste and add sugar if needed. You can also add a little lemon juice to taste.

5. Store covered in the refrigerator for one week. The sauce can also be frozen.

How to make the pancakes: 

1. Mix pancake batter in a bowl according to package directions. Let batter sit a minute or two then transfer to a squeeze bottle.

2. Heat griddle to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly oil it.

3. Using the squeeze bottle of batter, spell out a message for your Valentine. The trick is to write backward so after you flip the letters, the words read correctly.

4. Pour strawberry purée onto plate and top with pancakes. Garnish with whipped cream.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Momaha Magazine.

kiley.cruse@owh.com, 402-444-1374

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