As I mentioned earlier this week I was suckered into buying the Pancake Puffs kit. It all started when I went to Walgreens with one thing on my mind. I wanted to purchase another As Seen on TV product that had been recommended to me by a friend, the Ped Egg. I did find the Ped Egg but right next to it was the Pancake Puffs kit.
If you have a child who watches Nickelodeon you've probably heard about the Pancake Puffs. "They're finger food pancakes, mommy!" "You can make a birthday cake puff!" These exclamations and more have come from the mouths of my little darlings over the past couple of months since Nickelodeon has been running the ad every 5 minutes.
Heck, even I was a bit taken with the ad.
(I would even embed the ad here if there were a way to make it not play AUTOMATICALLY upon you loading my page. Geesh.)
So... sucker that I am, I dished out my $19.95 and arrived home with my Pancake Puffs kit.
My children saw it immediately with their xray vision through the bags. The reaction was somewhat like this:
After the children were calmed down a bit with
small doses of narcotics my soothing words and gentle ways, we opened the box.
Our kit came with the unique pancake puff pan (which I later learned is really something called a monk pan which has been used forEVER in Denmark to produce Aebleskivers - aka pancake puffs), a small paintbrush - that's right - a paintbrush, a shaker for confectioner's sugar, a injector device to inject things into our puffs, a oven mitt type sleeve for the handle of the pan, and a package of sharp pokey sticks.
Oh, and it came with a recipe book. The recipe book was quite a disappointment actually because I assumed it would give me detailed instructions on how to make all of the yummy delights that I had been promised in the commercial. It really only gives a few recipes for pancake batter, one for cornbread batter, and one for brownie batter and one for crabcake puffs. I think there were a few other recipes but I was not impressed. This is when I began googling Pancake Puff recipes and found out about the Aebleskivers. I felt a little bit snookered when I realized these puffs have been around for years and are not some newfangled thing. Oh well.
We decided to try to make Brownie Puffs first because I already had brownie mix in the house. I mixed up a batch and preheated our pan (which is actually a good solid heavy cast iron pan and probably worth the $20 in itself). We sprayed some cooking spray on there and poured in our dough. We waited. I periodically poked at them to see if they were ready to turn and it seemed to take FOREVER to get them ready to turn. In actuality it was probably something like 7 to 10 minutes per side. This was an eternity, however, with three anxious brownie puff awaiting children over my shoulder. In a few I was ambitious enough to deposit a blackberry in the center of them.
They were a bit sloppy on the turnover but overall turned out some tasty little brownie puffs. The blackberry ones were delicious, though The Man did not care for them. I sprinkled them with confectioners sugar (from my own shaker - the one they included really is crap) and the kids devoured them. They were good, yes, but if you're just looking for brownies it is far easier to bake them in a pan like normal.
This morning I decided I'd actually try the pancake version of the puffs. I mixed up a traditional Bisquick batch and filled my cups up. I sliced up some strawberries and put them in the center of some of the puffs and some I left alone. They turned quite nicely (though I don't think they were easier to turn than an actual pancake like the commercial states) and were yummy with the strawberries inside. The big advantage to the puffs was that they were super easy for Goober to eat and I didn't have to cut pancakes. He just dipped them in the syrup. Maybe someone should send a box to the Gosselins for their weekly pancake day! Then Jon wouldn't have to use a pizza cutter to cut all those pancakes. They would need a few pans, I think.
I didn't stop after pancakes, though. I was ambitious enough to make tiny little omelet puffs! These were impressive and again, Goober ate them like finger food. A few of them didn't cook all the way through though so I had to watch for that. The ones that did go all the way through were so good though!
Overall, I'm happy that I was suckered (and so are the kids). I haven't tried injecting our puffs with anything yet but I'll probably try that next. Jam, pudding, whipped cream? The possibilities really are endless!
**I've noticed a lot of searches for RECIPES that are pulling up this entry. The thing with the pancake puff pan is that you don't really need a separate recipe for pancakes or brownies or anything that I've tried to make so far. I just use the same simple recipe for pancakes or brownies to make them. My son really wants me to make him a pancake puff birthday cake which I will try to do with regular cake mix and frosting and just stack them all together.**