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I can honestly tell you that I was VERY apprehensive to try these pancakes. I can’t stand sweet potatoes (in any form) and since this recipe packs one-half cup per 10 pancakes, I thought for sure that was all I would taste! I am thrilled to say, I was wrong!! Not only are they delicious, but they may just be the best pancakes I have ever had!!! And I don’t think that I’ll revert back to the ‘old-fashioned’ way! 🙂 Here’s how I make them:

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1. Start with 1/2 cup of puréed sweet potatoes blended smooth.

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2. Add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well until blended.

3. Then add 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix well. It should be smooth and semi-runny like “regular” pancake batter.

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4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto heated pan or griddle. When the pancake starts to bubble, it is ready to flip!

I use a Pampered Chef Double Griddle over medium-high heat (sprinkle water to test — when the water “bounces,” the griddle is hot enough).

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5. I add a little butter and powdered sugar when I serve them. This recipe makes 10 pancakes and we devour them all! I think I may have to start making a double batch, they are so good!!!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Start with 1/2 cup of puréed sweet potatoes blended smooth.
  2. Add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well until blended.
  3. Then add 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix well. It should be smooth and semi-runny like “regular” pancake batter.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto heated pan or griddle. When the pancake starts to bubble, it is ready to flip!
  5. I add a little butter and powdered sugar when I serve them.

This recipe makes 10 pancakes.

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Well, the plan for today was to make Sweet Potato Pancakes for breakfast however, Munchkin and Monkey opted for the Pumpkin French Toast again.  Since I had not yet replenished my stock of Sweet Potato Puree, this was fine with me! 

So I thought I would write a post about how I prepare my sweet potato puree (which I did this evening).  While this post is dedicated to Sweet Potato Puree, be sure to check out the ways that I puree (or preserve) other fruits and veggies to “hide” in other dishes!  🙂

 

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First, I fill my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker with scrubbed sweet potatoes cut in half or quarters (depending on the size). I then put about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom of the baker, place the lid on and microwave on high for about 15-20 minutes (for the amount you see here).

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Once the sweet potatoes are tender, I peel the ‘skin’ off with a fork — it should peel right off very easily if your sweet potatoes have been cooked long enough.

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Once I have scooped all of the sweet potato out of their skins, I am ready to start pureeing.

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I use a small 3-cup food processor and loosely fill it with sweet potatoes. Pulse for 1-2 minutes until the sweet potatoes look like the picture below.

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Note: The picture on the left is what they look like initially when you take the lid off (still looks lumpy, right?). The picture on the right is after you stir them, nice and creamy!

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So how do I store these beautiful creamy sweet potatoes? I usually store my purees in one of the following methods:
1. I use ice cube trays because each well holds 2 tablespoons perfectly! (Once frozen, I ‘pop’ them out and store the frozen cubes in storage bags until I am ready to use them so that I can re-use the ice cube trays for the next food that I puree.)
2. I use the snack size storage bags to store 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup servings.

The sweet potatoes pictured above filled the two ice cube trays — that’s 24 servings of 2 tablespoons each — PLUS 2 half cup servings (one is pictured, the other is already in a bowl in the refrigerator waiting for the rest of the ingredients to make pancake batter in the morning!)