Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chorizo + Caramelized Apples.
All Sundays call for pancakes…with rum…right? Rum and Cranberry Pancakes to be exact.
Well my Sundays surely do.
I feel like these pancakes are so fitting with the holidays that are quickly approaching and all. I mean, Thanksgiving breakfast (and Christmas too, hello, those cranberries are so dang festive!)? Heck yes. Plus, you totally need a little booze first thing on Thanksgiving (or maybe even the day after Thanksgiving too). It will help to put some of those slightly bizarre relatives in a little better light. And if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner, maybe double the amount of rum in that butter sauce…everyone needs a little extra kick at extended family gatherings.
Soo, I am pretty excited about today’s post. One reason is obvious – these pancakes, I mean look at them. Two, is the fact that I get to talk about one of the coolest, nicest bloggers, Sneh Roy. She’s the creative mind behind Cook Republic, and she just came out with her first cookbook, Tasty Express, which is where this pancake recipe came from. THREE is that I am bringing on the holiday cheer today, and giving away a copy of Tasty Express! Which is kind of perfect because the recipes are so tasty (duh) and they are all pretty quick too, which makes them perfect for this busy time of year. SCORE!
If you guys are not familiar with Sneh and her blog Cook Republic, you should head over there now and check her stuff out. Both her recipes and photography are just beautiful and she is someone who inspires me daily. Plus, I think it’s pretty cool that she’s a Sydney girl. Someday I will make it out her way. What a beautiful place to live.
The day Sneh’s book, Tasty Express arrived at my door, I was in the middle of shooting this Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup. It was piping hot, and to be honest, I was so annoyed that I had to go and answer the door for the UPS guy. Normally our UPS guy never knocks at the door, but he had another package that I needed to sign for with him as well. Anyway, when I realized what was in the Amazon box, I had to open it right away and at least peek at the book. I told myself it would only take a sec. Yeah right. I sat on the bench by the door for close to twenty minutes flipping through every page and loving the next page after the next page more and more. It’s one of those books you cannot put down because not only do the recipes sound delicious, they look stinkin’ awesome too.
So yeah, by the time I got back to the soup it was cold, cold, cold (I sound like Eloise, Eloise, Eloise) and I had to put it back on the stove so I could get my steamy shot, but the twenty minutes of flipping through the book was worth it. I’d do it all over again.
When it came down to picking a recipe to show you guys, I literally could not decide because I wanted to make them all. It was so bad, that I called on my mom to make the decision for me. For her, the decision was easy. Pancakes. Without a doubt pancakes. Pancakes all the way.
She knew if I made pancakes they’d be her lunch. Which I have to say, I kind of loved too. Making pancakes for lunch sort of used to be my thing when I first started cooking. I was in high school, but I had a weird schedule since I was also taking college classes at the same time. This meant I was home for lunch and this meant chocolate chip banana pancakes on almost all snowy days. It was my favorite and not because I loved them, but more because I loved seeing the smile on my mom’s face when I surprised her with them. Ok, and I loved them too.
It was the best and when I made these on Friday, I got that same feeling again. It’s honestly the reason I cook. To make the people around me happy. And let me just say, these pancakes are way better than what I used to make. That rum butter sauce you guys – THE BEST!
Sneh’s original recipe is actually Rum Raisin Pancakes, but one, I didn’t have any raisins and two, cranberries are in season and I am slightly obsessed with them right now. Plus, I thought they would give the pancakes a fun festive twist for the holidays, so I threw in a tiny pinch of cinnamon too. Honestly though, Sneh’s recipe is perfect as is. We loved, like – loved, these pancakes. It’s all about that rum butter sauce. That sauce you guys – the cranberries get all plump and the butter rum flavor is perfection. She could not have nailed it better!
And the actual pancakes? They are crazy simple, just one bowl, mix everything, let the batter sit for fifteen minutes and then cook. They are super moist and fluffy. Perfect for soaking up that rum butter sauce. I loved the cranberries studded through each fluffy cake and um I maybe also sprinkled in a few chocolate chips for old-time sake. I couldn’t help it, and I knew Sneh would totally approve.
So let’s talk about this giveaway! Sneh kindly sent me a book to send to one of you guys (if I have cookies on hand those may or may not be included as well!), and it’s kind of like an early to start to the Christmas gift giving. And it’s a good thing the gifts are coming early, because I have a feeling this book will be your savior during the next forty-five days. There is a reason the book is called Tasty Express after all.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your very favorite thing about Thanksgiving. Your favorite food, your favorite way to spend the holidays, your favorite traditions – basically anything that you love about Thanksgiving, I want to hear it. And yes, I do actually read every comment so leave a good one! The giveaway will close one week from today.
Ok, and now, we NEED to eat that stack of rum and cranberry pancakes. It’s almost too pretty with all the rum butter sauce, but then not really, dig in.
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We obviously licked out plates clean.
A special day to be thankful, grateful and happy.
I love celebrations
Love the Holidays and celebrations this time of year. It goes by too fast.
I love Happy Faces, Good Moods, and a Special Meal to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I love happy occasions and Thanksgiving is one of them.
I enjoy Holidays and Thanksgiving is a Wonderful Day to share with friends and family.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Other than looking forward to eating my grandma’s potato pie (basically just baked mashed potatoes stuffed with cheese), I just looked forward to being with my family. I’m a homebody and having a holiday that’s just about sitting, eating, and talking.. I love it.
I love the Holidays. A chance to connect with friends and family.
Good food and good friends and family make for a great celebration.
A lovely cookbook. I love to get together with friends who are happy and ready to share some good food.
My family is spread out so I love seeing and spending time with them and gathering around the food, of course! Thanks for how much care you put into your recipes by the way. So delicious!!
It’s just nice to be with friends and seeing happy faces.
we wake up, drink cocoa and watch the parade then dog show. we cook the whole day together. it’s so nice.
I love that my whole family is on board with eating healthy for Thanksgiving.
I adore cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving !