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When it comes to pancakes and waffles, the classic syrup staple is maple -- not only for its taste, but also its compatibility with so many other flavors, such as home-brewed fruit and berry syrups. If you're not a maple fan, try cane syrup, honey, or a quality prepared all-fruit syrup. Or, try honey on your next stack. It's a satisfyingly sweet alternative to traditional maple.
CUSTOM TOPPINGS & MIXERS:
It's easy to flavor pancake and waffle batters with the tastes you love.
Additions to consider include crumbled crispy bacon, dried fruit, shredded coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, and instant espresso powder. And when your favorite fruit or berry is out of season, frozen versions do just as well when thawed and thoroughly drained (watery fruit will thin batter).
Stir mashed banana, chopped nuts, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, grated apples, and the like into the batter so whatever you add flavors every bite.
Sprinkle sliced banana or berries (halved or whole, depending on size) directly onto the batter right after you've poured it onto the griddle or waffle iron so the fruit remains intact and evenly distributed.
When butter plays a starring role, opt for the best-quality sweet (not salted) butter you can find. Or make flavored butter. After mixing, roll in parchment paper to form a log. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.
Strawberry Butter: Cook 1/2 cup strawberries and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and liquid evaporates. Cool. Blend with 8 tablespoons softened butter.
Vanilla Butter: Blend 8 tablespoons softened butter with 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, the seeds from half a vanilla bean, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Orange-Honey Butter: Blend 8 tablespoons softened butter with 1/2 cup honey, and 2 teaspoons orange zest.
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