Top Eight Recipes 2015

Today’s question of the day is how the heck does time work?! Cuz I’m pretty sure today has lasted about 47.3 hours already, yet somehow it’s been FIVE WEEKS since my last post?? Not even four weeks, like I thought before I realized we are a good week into February…

What day is it? What year is it? (I’m horrible.)

But I’m gonna try and make it up to you by sharing the TOP EIGHT NOMS on memo2munch, more than the number of weeks I missed because #bonus and also we must continue this theme of my not understanding anything with numbers.

I know they’re not new recipes, but I’m feeling a little nostalgic right now because in approximately five days memo2munch will be turning 2.5 years old! Speaking of time. moving. fast!!!

I went back over the most viewed/pinned recipes here on memo2munch and picked the top eight. Think of it as a trip down memory lane for your stomach and/or a reminder of what to make this week 😉

8. Six-Ingredient Cherry Cobbler

6 Ingredient Cherry Cobbler | memo2munch

Ohhhh, shoot. One recipe in and I’m drooling a lil bit. Honestly, these cherries didn’t need anything added to them, but flour, sugar, and butter never made anything worse, amiright?

Totally worth the finger stains we got from pitting all those cherries.

If you want to make this recipe now, I’d suggest using any kind of frozen berries. They’re picked and frozen when they are ripe, so your cobbler will taste great even though berries are out of season.

7. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Still haven’t recovered from these. Still want them every day. Still so happy I can eat literally all of my favorite things in one (or 7) heart shaped pancake.

PS Valentine’s Day is a’coming, so you could make these for your special person (yes, that includes yourself), ok? Ok.

6. Vegan Blueberry Hand Pies of Cuteness

Vegan Blueberry Hand-Pies | memo2munch

Name is on point, and that’s all I have to say.

5. Best Ever Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Vegan Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Best Ever Sweet Potato Cupcakes | memo2munch

Fall ain’t just about pumpkin, anymore.

4. Rum-Soaked Pumpkin Bread with Espresso Swirl

Rum-Soaked Pumpkin Bread with Espresso Swirl

However, we also still like pumpkin. A lot. Especially when espresso and rum are involved.

3. Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with White Chocolate Ganache | memo2munch

Decadent and oh so delicious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ya can’t go wrong with chocolate cake in any form (but dark chocolate orange sure is nice).

2. Shakshuka!!!

shakshuka | memo2munch

Turns out one savory recipe out of eight sweet recipes is a pretty good representation of the ratio on memo2munch as a whole… Whoops.

1. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies | memo2munch

It’s too hard to pick favorites with dessert but let’s just say that I’m very, very glad that these cookies ended up in the number one spot. Soooo gooey sooooo yuuuuum. <3

Hope you enjoyed this recipe round-up and that you give/have given some of them a try! See you in not as long this time, promise.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Lemme clue you in to a little secret. Sometimes I can’t choose between chocolate and carbs.

IT’S TRUE.

I knew I wanted to do a Valentine’s Day post, but I wasn’t sure which to focus on. After all, how does one pick between carbs and chocolate?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Well, the normal focus for V-Day seems to be chocolate, but I would be just as happy to get a steamin’ hot plate of pancakes as a present as I would getting a box of chocolates.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

After much deliberation I decided to go with pancakes because it was the perfect opportunity to use one of my Chanukah presents, THIS SQUEEZE BOTTLE! (Thanks Mom & Dad!)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

There’s a connection, I promise. A guy on YouTube has become famous for making super intricate pancake pictures using just a squeeze bottle and his immense talent. You might have seen his stuff shared on Facebook. He did the Beatles. It was awesome. Click here to watch the video.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Pancake art sounds like the yummiest art form I can imagine, so I’m giving it a go. So far I can do hearts and backwards letters (since you flip the pancakes you have to do words backwards). Not quite the Beatles, but a girl’s got to practice right?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Once I’d settled on pancakes for this post, I had to weigh some more options. Should I do strawberry pancakes because the color is Valentine’s-y, or should I do chocolate chip pancakes (because chocolate)?

And then I was like, “Molly.

Molly, Molly, Molly. Silly girl. Why not do both?”

*In falsetto* Jackpot!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Chocolate and strawberry are meant to be together anyway. And then you add pancakes to the mix (ha ha), and HUZZAH!

These pancakes are like a strawberry coated in rich, semi-sweet chocolate and then surrounded by the fluffiest pancakes known to the world ever.

Uh, you better know I ain’t eating these just on Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

They’re just as delicious in not heart form, but I really recommend splurging on the squeeze bottle! It will cost you like a full 34 cents and you will have SOOOOO much fun. I’d love to see your pancake designs so pleaaaaase share them with me ok?!?

Ok. Pancake time. (Also, syrup pouring creds to Tori)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c. dark rye flour (or other whole grain of your choice)
  2. 3/4 c. white spelt flour or unbleached all-purpose
  3. 3.5 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
  7. 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil, vegan butter, or ghee, plus more for pan
  8. 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  9. 3-4 strawberries, washed and sliced
  10. 1/4 c. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flours, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the strawberries and chocolate chips. Whisk until fully incorporated and frothy.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Lumps are ok!
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. If making heart-shaped pancakes, fill your squeeze bottle with batter while the skillet heats. Add some butter to the pan. Draw a heart outline with your squeeze bottle, then use a ladle to fill in inside with batter. Press some chocolate chips and strawberries directly into the pancake in the skillet. When you see bubbles forming, flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two. Repeat with remaining batter.
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Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes (No Modern Wheat!)

When you’re not too good at something, the only way to get better is to practice.

I’m not too good at flipping pancakes. So…

BRING OUT THE SPATULAS, IT’S PANCAKE TIME!

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes Cornmeal

And not just any pancake time either. We’re talking made-with-corn-flour/modern-wheat-free/stuffed-with-blueberries-and-peaches pancake time. Oh, yes.

You see, most recipes call for part corn flour or cornmeal and part all-purpose flour. However, after learning the truth about gluten intolerance and modern wheat, I’m giving some substitutions a try. This recipe uses spelt flour, and I give it an A++.

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes cornmeal

If you’re unfamiliar with spelt—also known as farro—you’re not alone. It’s mostly cultivated in Europe and very rarely in the US, especially after the introduction of modern wheat to the US food system.

It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a grain these days. Get this: it’s an ancient variety of wheat that hasn’t changed since biblical times. No cross-breeding. No genetic alterations. It’s exactly the same. Were you aware that could still happen these days? ‘Cuz I wasn’t so sure.

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes Cornmeal

And you can substitute it for regular flour without making any adjustments!

As if you needed another reason to make these pancakes, I’ll give you six more. These pancakes have:

A subtly sweet flavor
Bursts of juicy blueberries and peaches
A satisfying texture
The “fluff” factor
A gorgeous, pale, yellow hue
My heart <3

Am I serious? You’ll never know until you make them!

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes Cornmeal

I’m pleased to say that besides for the first couple of flips, pancake-making went quite smoothly. You can’t hesitate; that’s what gets me. Any hesitation and your perfect, little pancake might tear in half!

Is there anything you still struggle with in the kitchen? Let’s commiserate and then become awesome at it. 🙂

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes Cornmeal

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Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes Cornmeal

Blueberry Peach Corn Flour Pancakes

Serves 4
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Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups whole spelt flour (can sub all-purpose)
2/3 cup cornmeal or corn flour
3 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup canola oil
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Blueberries
Peach, skinned and sliced into thin wedges
Earth Balance or vegan margarine to grease skillet

Method:

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.
2. Wash the blueberries and peel and cut the peach.
3. In a large bowl, combine spelt flour, corn flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing briefly to distribute everything evenly.
4. In a second smaller bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, oil, and vanilla together.
5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until no large lumps of flour remain. If batter is too runny, add more corn flour.
6. Use a large spoon or small ladle to pour pancakes onto lightly-greased skillet. Immediately drop blueberries and peach slices onto the pancakes on the skillet. Cook until bubbles start to appear, then flip and cook a minute or two on the other side.