Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate.
Really, there are not many words for this dinner.
Other than completely awesome, easy (like embarrassingly easy) and simple.
I know that nothing about this recipe is a new concept or anything, but sometimes I feel like we all just need a little reminder about the beauty of simplicity. And in today’s case, I mean a little reminder about breakfast for dinner…which may just be the best kind of dinner. Anytime you can eat pancakes with butter and maple syrup you know that things are going to be good.
I have no idea what brought on this whole breakfast for dinner thing, but when I thought about it as I was hiking, I knew I had to make pancakes for dinner. Not breakfast, not lunch, but dinner.
The classic breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, bacon and eggs. Come on, it sounds so good, right?
I love the idea of breakfast for dinner, but I never get the chance to actually make breakfast for dinner because whenever I make breakfast, it normally all gets eaten by lunch.
But this time, I actually made breakfast at dinnertime and not one person complained, not one. They loved it – I loved it – it was just an all around cherished meal. Especially by my mom. I think this may just be her favorite dinner. Err, well, maybe crepes would be her favorite, yeah she might have liked crepes a little better, but this was so easy and I had everything on hand. Winner, winner, breakfast-dinner.
Alrighty, so I since I actually made these at night, I didn’t take pictures because I only shoot with natural light. This means, I made more the very next day. It really wasn’t a problem though, because I was happy for another round of pancakes. They never get old, plus I still have plenty of mouths around to push them into.
I knew I wanted to tell you guys about this breakfast/dinner the second I smelled the first hot pancake coming off the griddle (it’s the combo of buttermilk, ricotta and a lot of vanilla).
When I made these the first time, I actually made about sixty pancakes. Yeah, sixty. I spent probably forty-five minutes in front of the stove flipping pancakes at nine o’clock at night. That got a little old, but I had to feed ten people breakfast and eight of those ten people where hungry boys that had been outside snowboarding all day. So yeah, I knew I would need a lot of pancakes, practically a month’s worth of bacon and a decent amount of eggs (the boys did not get the spinach, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese eggs – obviously). We only had one pancake leftover and zero bacon (of course).
I do have to say, that I am never making that many pancakes again. I will be saving “breakfast for dinner” for smaller groups of six or less. That was just too much flipping for one night. Still, I think it was worth it because this was the best dinner. I do not think I can say that enough – best, best, best.
Oh, and since we enjoyed these with the Christmas tree all lit up nearby, I thought I’d throw a little festiviness into the photos. Made sense in my mind.
Here’s the deal, I may never make pancakes without whipped egg whites and ricotta again. I actually said this once last winter, but somehow I forget. I will make sure that does not happen again. These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes around and the simple flavors just allow everything to shine in their own way. All they need is butter and real deal maple syrup (no sugary stuff!!). Simple as that. Trust me, you will be able to eat a stack of ten without even thinking twice.
As for the candied bacon, this was actually my first time making it. I sort of did my own thing by adding in some maple, but wow, that stuff is good. I am not even a bacon fanatic, like at all, but I could see snacking on that stuff all December long. For some reason it just feels like a December food to me. Actually, the whole breakfast for dinner concept feels like a December thing. Maybe it’s the busy days that call for cozy nights or the fact that December should just be extra sweet in general, but whatever the reason I think this is the meal for December. Yup, declaring it now.
The eggs I honestly added just for balance, but they actually ended up being delicious. I blame this on the sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Those two ingredients, especially together will always be delicious. Plus, the eggs give us the protein and the spinach + sun-dried tomatoes give us our veggies and fruit.
See there, that is a very balanced meal.
Now who is with me? Breakfast for dinner tonight??
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Umm, for sure. How can you resist Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes with Maple Candied Bacon and eggs for dinner? You just can’t.
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An outstanding meal that’s rich, flavorful and filling. Loved by the whole family.
I am so glad to hear that this recipe was tasty for you and appreciate you giving it a try! xxT
How much salt and pepper? It just says “1/2 salt and pepper.” Thanks!
You will want to use 1/2 teaspoon of each! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
Thank you for the pancake recipe! I made it last Sunday and my husband has been raving about it to other people lol! I did make substitutions because I don’t like to whip my egg whites. I used 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp baking powder and it was fab! I figured since I’ll lose a lot of the height and air from the whipped whites, I’ll add more leavening agent. I also added some sweetened creme fraiche on top of the pancakes, along with strawberries, and so yum! I hope this helps the ones who don’t want to whip their eggs. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!
Awesome!! Thanks so much for your review:) Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. xx
These are the best pancakes ever! They really are the best I’ve ever had thanks to the egg whites and ricotta. They were so fluffy and delicious! I didn’t not try the eggs and bacon. I’ll have to do that another time.
Happy Sunday!! Love hearing that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it!! xxT
Yet another amazing recipe!! I substituted King Arthur Paleo GF flour. These are like pancakes for adults! Light, fluffy …. WOW!!
Hi there! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for giving it a try! 🙂 xTieghan
Searched for pancake recipes on your site this morning and decided to try this one. SOOO good. I didn’t have ricotta so I food processed some cottage cheese and used that. So so so good.
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have the best week:) xTieghan
My wife and I tried these but were a bit disappointed. They looked great, and had a very good flavor. However, the texture was not like a Pancake. The cakes were very soft. My best description is it had a texture of cheesecake in my mouth. It mostly dissolves with nothing to chew on. I do love cheesecake, but not as a pancake, if that makes any sense. That said, we’ll try doctoring the recipe. Maybe a little more flour and less cheese next time? We’ll see what we come up with.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, so sorry you did not enjoy the texture. Was there anything you adjusted? What was your cooking method? Let me know if I can help! xTieghan
Thanks so much Bettina! xTieghan
My entire family raved about the pancakes and bacon!
That is so amazing! I am so glad you all loved this Sandi! Thank you! xTieghan
Whipping the egg whites for pancakes is the ONLY way to go. I learned that from my mom, and it’s the only way I do my pancakes. We have them at least once a week, although if I had to be flipping pancakes as long as you were, I’m not sure that would be the case anymore!! Love this whole breakfast for dinner spread!
You ate one smart girl and your mom taught you so well! 🙂 Ha!
Thanks so much, Deborah!
Is it baking soda or baking powder? you’ve got one in the ingredient list and one in the directions? 🙂
It is baking soda. So sorry about that!