Mancakes & Pancakes!

Happy Father’s Day!  Like everyone other child – I woke up at the crack of dawn to prepare my Father’s Day Brunch!  My mom and sister had prepared a pancake batter the night before… However, I find that men are usually more biased toward savoury than sweet.  Something about sweets that emasculates them?  Is it really that unmanly to be caught eating a cupcake gentleman?  Apparently so as places like For the Love of Cake have introduced a line of cupcakes coined Mancakes which include more ‘masculine’ ingredients such as stout beer and bacon.  I’m sorry boys, but a cupcake is a cupcake no matter how you label it… Just suck it up like a man and eat it!

I tweaked the recipe I found to create my Bacon, Chive & Cheddar Mancakes.  The original recipe called for strange ingredients such as Cream of Mushroom Soup.  I used light sour cream instead so that we aren’t overdosing on sodium first thing in the morning.  I also used 1-1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of white flour instead of 2 cups of white flour to make the muffin a bit healthier.  And finally, I used chicken bacon instead of pork bacon – again… because I love my dad and I want him to live forever.  The original recipe also called for dried chives, but why use dried if you have fresh herbs?  Bacon, Cheddar & Chive Mancakes

The recipe is as follows..

Bacon, Chive & Cheddar Mancakes

1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
6 strips of bacon
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
4 teaspoons chives or scallions, finely chopped
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Fry bacon in a pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, sugar, salt) and create a well in the centre.
  4. Beat egg.
  5. Add wet ingredients (milk, sour cream, egg and vegetable oil) in the centre of the well.
  6. Add bacon, cheddar and parmesan cheese.
  7. Mix batter until evenly distributed.
  8. Grease muffin tins with cooking spray.
  9. Spoon batter into tins.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes. Using a toothpick, poke and see if toothpick comes out clean (e.g. if bits of batter get stuck to it, it needs a few more minutes)
  11. Turn oven off, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  12. Move to cool on rack.

We also cooked up some breakfast sausage to accompany our pancakes (its just how its done at the Tsui household!).  My mom’s effort to make the breakfast healthier by adding fresh berries was fruitless when my dad doused his pancakes with a river of Lyons Golden Syrup (courtesy of fellow Yelp Elite Special K. who brought it back all the way from the UK for me!).  All in all, my dad was a happy man this morning… What are you whipping up in the kitchen for your old man?