Red Velvet Pancakes

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Red Velvet Pancakes

I am so glad that the gorgeous color on these Red Velvet pancakes comes from a natural ingredient- Beetroot ! Can it get any better to treat your valentine this year?  All you need is the classic Denby Tea Set to accompany, which is perfect for any occasion.

Natural Canvas Tea Set is a part of Denby’s Natural Canvas range launched in 2016. It is hand crafted in the Denby Pottery from quite a high quality and locally-sourced clay.Their rich neutral tones match any décor, suits to any home’s style and colour and works equally well when mixed and matched with other items in the Natural Canvas Range.The unique ‘chevron’ patterned texture inspired by iconic seventies range of the same name and adds a sense of occasion to tea time.

Denny Natural Canvas Textured Tea Set

 

The set comprises of Teapot, a Small Jug and Sugar Bowl.The Natural Canvas range is suitable for oven, microwave and freezer use, and is dishwasher safe.

When I first opened the beautiful gift packaging, I was overwhelmed by its timeless beauty. They would work great as a Kitchen Display when not being used on lazy Sunday Brews or early morning coffee.
Bright Red Pancakes served on the neutral toned Denby Plates would set the mood for Valentines was what I had in mind. And then my Pancake tales began.

Denny Natural Canvas Textured Tea Set

 

 

Red Velvet Pancakes

Okay! Let me tell you, I was so obsessed with getting my red color right with pancakes that none of the store bought colouring agent did the job for pancake. My first attempt with one of the popular Super store colouring agent and the pancakes actually turned black. ( My bad for not reading the label – where it was mentioned that there could a possible discolouration if cooked) . To my second attempt, I had to literally add the whole tube of Natural Color gel to the pancake mix and I did not find it right. I was still okay to add a Tsp to Two but not the whole tube ( Still got a Pink Pancake – Not Red) .  I am feeding my family a synthetic pancake, kept pricking my conscious.

Next in mind was making them with Red Velvet Cake mix, which I had reserved it for morning.

 

But Next morning after dropping my kiddo’s to their respective Education Stations, I hit the supermarket again to find some Beet Powder. Later I decided to give that a miss too and bought a lot of fresh Beetroot & Cooked Beetroot.  Zoomed home in literally 10 minutes, I began my recipe testing again. Pureed the Cooked Beetroot along with milk and added it to my regular pancake mixture.  Wohooo, Eureka !! It actually worked.  And it does not take too many extra minutes in this procedure.

Red Velvet Pancakes

Yes, But the trick is to cook the Red Velvet Pancakes in really low flame to get pretty pancakes and not brown ones.  If you are adding store bought color to the pancakes, then they cooks pretty quick just like the usual ones . But with the fresh ingredients, a little extra care is needed but its totally worth it.  Apart from the aesthetic appearance, they taste wonderful and the fact its healthy makes me absolutely contented.

Red Velvet Pancakes

 

I haven’t tried with roasted beetroots , but guess that will work too.

Just incase you are looking for Pancake Inspirations, check out my recipe for Oat Amaranth Flour Pancakes and Fluffy American Pancakes. I am also working on my Pinterest board with Pancake Collections if at all you need more ideas.

 

RED VELVET PANCAKES

Serves 3 | Time taken 40 Minutes

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Ingredients
135 g Plain Flour
150 g Cooked Beetroot (3 medium sized Beetroot)
10 g Baking Powder ( 2 Tsp approx )
3 g Salt ( 1/2 tsp approx)
3 tsp Caster Sugar
130 ml Milk
2 Tsp of Sunflower/Olive Oil
1 Large Egg Slightly Beaten
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Butter for greasing the pan

Cream Cheese Glaze
180g Cream Cheese
1 Cup Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tblspn Milk ( if needed)

Toppings
Berries as desired
Mint leaves

Directions

To prepare the cream cheese glaze, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Thin the consistency with a tblspn of milk if needed and set it aside.

Sift the Flour, Baking Powder, Caster Sugar and Salt together.
Blend Cooked Beetroot and milk until you get a smooth puree. In another bowl, mix Beet Milk Puree, oil, vanilla extract and lightly beaten egg.
Add the wet ingredients to dry gradually with constant whisking in between, making sure there is no lump formation.
Heat the non-stick pan on low heat,spread the butter just enough to grease. Pour 2 small ladle of the batter onto the pan, allowing it to spread on its own. When the bubbles begin to appear ( approximately 2 minutes, flip the pancake and cook for another 1 minute or so.
Repeat the process until all the batter is used up. Keep the pancakes warm by stacking them in an oven ( heated at the lowest setting). I could make 12 Pancakes with this measurement.

Stack the Red Velvet Pancakes, top them up with cream cheese glaze, loads of berries and enjoy a hearty brunch this valentine’s day

Notes:
Make sure the flame is at a low setting. Cooking in high heat could discolor the pancakes. Each pancake takes about 3 – 3 1/2 minutes.

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Comments (9)

  • Oh they look absolutely gorgeous, lovely! I Wanted to make GF vegan red velvet pancakes to surprise the children for Valentine’s Day (one of the girls is allergic to wheat and eggs), so I’ll bookmark your post to use the beetroot trick. You’re a genius! Stunning Denby set too xx

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    • Oh dear!! you are a star mum. Let me know how you get along making them..
      U can use the cooked beetroot vaccum packed from tesco’s too.. that worked for me .

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  • I love how you’ve healthified a sweet treat favorite 🙂

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  • I just did the same beet coloring with tortillas today! Beets make the most beautiful color – your pancakes look fabulous. Thanks for the great tip on cooking the pancakes on low to preserve the color – I hadn’t thought of that. Cheers!

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  • I can’t STAND red food coloring! This is fantastic! And that tea set is GORGEOUS!

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  • Beautiful pancakes — the color is just right! And that tea set is gorgeous! Believe it or not I’ve never had a tea set — and never thought I was missing out until now!

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  • Wow, these pancakes are gorgeous! I love that the color comes from beetroot, I adore beets. I can only imagine how good they are topped with that cream cheese glaze. You have a winner in my book!

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  • I am loving that coffee set maybe more so in your images. I havebto admit that red velvet has never been a big favourite but these pancakes look incredible. You should also try food coloring made with raspberries a gorgeous color

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  • I am loving that coffee set maybe more so in your images. I havebto admit that red velvet has never been a big favourite but these pancakes look incredible. You should also try food coloring made with raspberries a gorgeous color .

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