Off the Griddle with Ihopapotamus at…The Forum

This Ihopapotamus has a confession to make: I don’t actually like pancakes all that much.  It’s just that I don’t eat them very much, and when I go out to breakfast, I have some favorites that I tend to stick with (potatoes and bacon) However, I do love this pancake blog so I wanted to do my part and review pancakes at my regular breakfast place here in Fredericksburg, VA, The Forum.

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(from google maps)

It’s a very home cooking kind of place and I had never had their pancakes (aka “hotcakes”) before but I really liked them!  

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I got the regular pancakes with butter and syrup (they came in a stack of 3).  And I really liked them.  They came out piping hot and with a crispy edge, but were maybe a bit too plain, I wish there had been more options (preferably a pecan pancake) but for plain pancakes, I thought they were really good.

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The pancakes were on the thinner side, which I like, and not too doughy (which is why I usually don’t like pancakes).  Also, the pancakes were nice and brown and crisp on both sides.  People tend to underestimate that the second side of the pancake needs to be brown too!

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While maybe not the most memorable or snazzy pancakes I’ve seen/had, the pancakes were good, not too thin or thick, and the right density.

3.5 out of 5 Paul Bunyans: image

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Just Beet It

I love beets, but even if you don’t, these beet crepes are only mildly beety so go ahead and give them a try!

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(Skip to my recipe and the original here).

I’ll admit that the thought of beets, oranges, and cinnamon-sugar sounded a bit weird to me at first, but it totally works and these crepes are one of my favorite combinations to date.

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The crepes are just lightly sweet on their own, the oranges give a tangy zest, and the cinnamon sugar blends everything together while spicing things up a bit.  Not only are the crepes really good, they also look really cool (the beets give the crepes a really intense color), so just give beets a chance!

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4 out of 5 stackies: imageimageimageimage

Tea and Crumpets

Yes, yes, I’m claiming crumpets for the pancake party.  Deal with it.  After all, they are small bready cakes cooked in a pan!

Crumpets are a bit like English muffins except that they’re only cooked on one side and there aren’t quite so many nooks and crannies.  (See what I did over at my Recipe Box and take a gander at the original recipe from King Arthur flour).  

The crumpets definitely have a slightly savory quality, but I thought they were delicious with a light coat of butter and a drizzle of honey.  Mmm mmm, just thinking about them makes me want to make more.  I also tried them with peanut butter, plain, salted butter, and an assortment of jams and jellies, but the butter and honey was definitely the best.  Oh, and paired with tea, these might be the ultimate snack.  I snarfed down at least 3 in less than 2 minutes…not very ladylike, I’m afraid.

The crumpets do take a bit of time to cook so if you’re in a rush, these may not be the pancakes for you.  Also, don’t worry if you don’t have crumpet molds – a lot of recipes say you can use biscuit cutters or cleaned out tuna cans, I just used the tops of some ball jars.

4.25 out of 5 stackies: 

Peanut, Peanut Butter (and pancakes!)

There’s something about peanut butter that just makes me happy.  I always liked pb&j when I was little, but I’d also be happy just to eat an entire spoonful of the good stuff without anything else.  I guess these pancakes (recipe here) are sort of my ode to the peanut butter days.  

As you can see, my roommate and I had a bit of trouble deciding what to top our pancakes with, we ended up experimenting with rhubarb jam, powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, peanut butter, and honey.  My favorite was the honey but they were all good.  You could also use nutella, some fresh fruit, or whipped cream (and just go for the whole fluffer nutter experience!)

I was a little worried that these pancakes would be really dense and we’d have one of these Aaron Burr moments, so to make sure they were nice and light, I used buttermilk (well, my faux version of it), whipped the egg whites separately, and made sure to let the batter aerate by letting it rest.  

Oh, last thing, I used to sing this song A LOT when I was little. And yes, I do still know all the lyrics and the dance moves. Jealous?

3.75 out of 5 stackies: