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.
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.
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.
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.
I haven’t tried making Red Velvet Pancakes 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.
- 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
- 180 g Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Icing Sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tblspn Milk if needed
- Berries as desired
- Mint leaves
- 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
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.