There’s absolutely nothing better than food and friends. This year my roommates and I hosted a Christmas brunch in order to capitalize on those two things before everyone heads home for the holidays.
I wanted to make a special dish, and was inspired by Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars. Of course that meant I needed to find a way to serve a dessert before noon. Now personally, every hour of the day is an excuse for dessert, but since not everyone feels that way I turned the coffee-shop-classic into lovely little pancakes. My love for pancakes is no secret.
–4 tbsp. orange juice (fresh squeezed if you’re feeling fancy)
–zest of 1 orange
–1 tsp. vanilla extract
-2 tsp. powdered ginger
–1/2 cup dried cranberries
–1/2 white chocolate chips
–1/4 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
–1/8 cup white chocolate chips
–2 tsp. orange juice
–1 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1. Add the first set of ingredients to the pancake batter, Be careful to not over-stir, you still want your batter to be lumpy.
2.Pour your batter onto a hot, greased griddle. I love making little mini-stacks for guests, so I made my pancakes small: about 2 1/2 – 3 inches in diameter.
3. Sprinkle cranberries and white chocolate over the pancake batter on the griddle. Flip the pancakes when bubbles come to the surface and burst. Cook the other side for about 1 minute, until golden brown on both sides.
4. In the meantime, make the cream cheese topping. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Add the cream cheese, orange juice, and confectioner’s sugar. The mixture should not pour well: liquid, but still opaque and not too watery. If you want a dish that’s a little less sweet, use more cream cheese and less confectioner’s sugar.
5. Arrange your cooked pancakes in little stacks, and drizzle the cream cheese glaze over top.
These adorable little hot cakes were a hit! We also served hashbrowns and cocktails (my cranberry mimosa recipe is coming soon), and guests brought baked goods, fruits, scrambled eggs, and cheese, lots of cheese.
With so many wonderful things to eat, and people to share with, I have so much to be grateful for this holiday season,