My parents got me the pancake puff and it came with a cool recipe book. But I decided to go with my own twist and I was sure glad I did. These little puffs came out great, combining my favorite nut and sugar. This is what the box looks like and the tools that come within. It comes with the puff pan, a tiny oven mitt for the handle, and wooden sticks. I used a little ladle (or you can use a medicine cup) to spoon the batter into the pan.
The puffs remind me about takoyaki, a Japanese octopus pancake ball. The pan and technique is very similar to our pancake puffs. (I wonder where the puff guys really got their idea from…hmmm). Takoyaki is very popular is Osaka, Japan and I hope to try their cuisine in person one day. Street takoyaki vendors are really popular with the locals and tourists. This YouTube website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic_MxDRRNn4 is a cute video of how to make takoyaki. Also, here is the wiki page for more information on takoyaki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takoyaki
But anyways, let’s get started on our American pancake puff cuisine.
*Follow the directions of your pancake mix and just add walnuts, vanilla extract, and brown sugar
- 2 cups of your favorite Pancake Mix ( I used Aunt Jemima)
- 1 1/2 cups of Water (this is the amount of water my pancake mix called for)
- 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
- Confectionery Sugar (optional)
1. Pre-heat puff pan on medium-high heat.
2. Pour pancake mix into a large bowl.
3. Add brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
4. Add water and vanilla extract, mixing until combined and no clumps are left.
5. Add walnuts.
6. Spray puff pan. Test the pan for readiness putting a drop of pancake mix into the pan. If it sizzles, then you are ready to make your puffs.
7. Fill each circle about 3/4 full. (As you can see, I tend to be a bit messy)
8. After about 2 minutes, take one of those neat wooden sticks and run it around the puff to release it from the sides.
9. Stick the edge of the stick into the edge of the puff and flip.Sometimes using two sticks is helpful to guide the puff over.
10. Cook for another one to two minutes.
11. Take your handy stick again and stab the puff, placing it then on a plate for later consumption.
12. This recipe makes about 50 puffs (it sounds like a lot but two to three people can easily taken them on). Plate them and serve them with confectionery sugar and syrup.
13. Eat and Enjoy!