Sunday Brunch… Pancakes with strawberries and whiskey syrup!

Pancakes with strawberries in a whiskey sauce.

Pancakes with strawberries in a whiskey sauce.

There is nothing particularly Guyanese about this recipe, but everyone loves a good pancake or two. In fact, when I was growing up pancakes, or chotah as we called it, were often made for weekday breakfast and served with scramble eggs. These chotahs were more akin to Indian dosas. Sometimes, my mom made them really sweet so you didn’t need any topping except a bit of butter. Other times she made them savory by adding scallions and garlic to the batter. The savory chotahs we rolled up (like a dosa) and ate with cheese, scrambled eggs, or even potato curry or stews. Yummy.

I make pancakes mostly on Sundays or as a treat when my husband has his first day off after a long stretch. When my sister-in-law visits, she always puts in her requests for pancakes. So I can safely say that these are pretty good. This recipe I created after trying quite a few online ones, so it might have bits and pieces from a few recipes.

Well, let’s get to it…

You should make the strawberries and whiskey syrup first. Then set it aside to cool.

Add 1 cup strawberries (I'm using frozen strawberries, it's winter y'all), 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil. Then add about 2 tbsp. whiskey. Let cook for about 10 minutes (less time for fresh strawberries). Remove from the heat and cool.

Add 2 cup strawberries (I’m using frozen strawberries, it’s winter y’all),  1 cup water and 1/2 cup granulated sugar to a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil. Then add about 1/4 cup whiskey. Let cook for about 10 minutes (less time for fresh strawberries). Remove from the heat and cool.

Now for the pancake batter…

First prepare the wet ingredients. Add 1 1/2 cups milk, 4 tbsp melted butter, 4 eggs to a mixing bowl (I'm using a measuring cup) and whisk together.

First prepare the wet ingredients. Add 1 1/2 cups milk, 4 tbsp melted butter, 4 eggs to a mixing bowl (I’m using a measuring cup) and whisk together.

In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups flour, 2 tbsp granulated sugar, 2 tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp salt and mix together.Then add previously prepared liquids (milk, melted butter and eggs) and mix together with a whisk to form a smooth batter.

In a large mixing bowl add, 2 cups flour, 2 tbsp. granulated sugar, 2 tbsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix together, then add previously prepared liquids (milk, melted butter and eggs) mixing together with a whisk to form a smooth batter.

Grease a hot skillet / frying pan / griddle with butter. Pour 1/2 cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes or until air bubbles form on the top of the batter, then flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat, top with strawberries and some powdered sugar or whip cream and enjoy!

Grease a hot skillet / frying pan / griddle with butter. Pour 1/2 cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes or until air bubbles form on the top of the batter, then flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat, top with strawberries and some powdered sugar or whip cream and enjoy!

Pancakes with strawberries and whiskey syrup. (5 servings)

Ingredients:

Pancakes
4 tbsp. melted butter
4. Eggs.
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
About 2 tbsp. additional butter for cooking pancakes

Strawberries and whiskey syrup
2 cup strawberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup whiskey

Directions:


Syrup: Make the syrup first and set aside. In a saucepan on medium heat, add strawberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling add whiskey. Boil for 10 minutes or until strawberries are cooked but not too soft.

Pancakes:
First, prepare the wet ingredients by adding, milk, melted butter and eggs to a small mixing bowl and whisking together until eggs are “fluffy.” Set aside. Then, add flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix together and add wet ingredients (milk, melted butter and eggs). Whisk until wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed and form a smooth batter. Warm a skillet / frying pan / griddle on medium. Coat pan with butter. Ladle 1/2 cup of batter onto the pan (I use a measuring cup for this). Cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until air bubbles form on the top side of the pancake. Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and top with strawberry syrup.

Tips and Ramblings:
1. This recipe makes about 10 pancakes. I consider 2 pancakes the serving size. Hence, why I said above that it’s about 5 servings. You can easily divide the ingredients in half if your family is smaller.
2. I am using frozen strawberries because it is winter and the fresh strawberries are quite sour.
3. You can use Brandy or Bourbon (I’ve used both before) if you don’t have whiskey, or even rum.
4. I seriously don’t know how to spell any of the Guyanese creolese words so I might have misspelled chotah. 🙂
5. It will take you about 20 minutes to make these pancakes. Easy peasy.

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2 thoughts on “Sunday Brunch… Pancakes with strawberries and whiskey syrup!

  1. nicole says:

    Nice Altee …got me feeling for some !

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