Independence Day has special meaning for me this year. I was always in such a hurry to grow up, and prove I didn’t need anyone – I could do it all on my own.
Since this Sunday marks a special new beginning, I thought it appropriate to salute the day with a patriotic breakfast. Wishing everyone a very happy (and safe) 4th of July. They tell us to dream big – well don’t forget to wish big on those fireworks too!
For the Whipped Cream Cheese Topping
- 1/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
For the pancakes or waffles
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 scant teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons canola oil plus 1-2 tablespoons extra for making pancakes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 ounce red food color
- 1 teaspoon cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- melted butter, optional
- warm maple syrup, optional
- pecans or walnuts, optional
1). Use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to whip the cream cheese until smooth. Reduce the speed and stir in the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, and beat until the mixture is smooth and well blended. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the cream. Use a rubber spatula to remove any unmixed cream cheese from the bottom of the bowl. When the mixture is smooth, gradually add the rest of the whipping cream. Increase the speed to high and whip until soft peaks form. Should be the consistency of a dense whipped cream topping. Set aside.
2). Stir flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. Mix in egg, oil, and buttermilk. Mix until smooth.
3). Mix red food color and cocoa in a small bowl, then stir into batter. Add vanilla, baking soda, and vinegar (in that order), and beat until everything is well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
4). Spray waffle iron with nonstick spray and heat until it signals it is ready for batter (usually indicated by a light). Open, pour desired amount of batter in, close iron, and wait for signal the waffle is ready.
5). Serve hot with whipped cream cheese topping, and any additional topping you desire.
Serving Suggestion: Crispy bacon and sausages.