I’m not a big New Year’s Eve person. My plans over the years have run the gamut, from staying in and doing nothing (and I mean ab-so-lutely nothing), to hanging out at a club (ha! not my scene), to renting a cabin with friends for a long weekend of lounging, day drinking, and card games. I tend to prefer the latter, as it feels social but also like it’s not a big deal. I don’t think I’ll ever go to a bar again for New Year’s Eve – I’m too introverted for that many people, my voice is too soft to even talk to anyone above the roar of the crowd, and holy crow is it expensive. No thanks.
Give me champagne, give me people I enjoy, and give me a bedtime at around 12:30. Done deal.
This year we’re going to hang out at a friend’s house to watch the ball drop. It should be pleasant, uneventful, and perfect for my need for a simple NYE.
A low-key NYE doesn’t not mean I won’t be enjoying some champagne. If it were up to me I’d order champagne regularly at restaurants, but no one wants to be that girl. You know the girl I’m talking about. Let’s not even go there.
Whatever your plans might be, you should consider kicking off 2014 with a boozy breakfast, because why not keep the celebrations going and enjoy some fluffy pancakes?
These pancakes were a distraction for me. I’ve been battling with a cookbook recipe for healthy, protein-filled pancakes for about a month. Despite several (SEVERAL) attempts, nothing has turned out well enough for me yet. That recipe is full of whole wheat, Greek yogurt, oats, and all that healthy stuff. That recipe is NOT the recipe you see here today. These pancakes happened after I was exhausted by my failed attempts, and just wanted some damn good pancakes. I consider these special occasion pancakes, because they’re filled with all kinds of
slightly naughty good stuff: white flour, white sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and champagne.
Apart from the fact that champagne is delicious and decadent, the bubbles make for some fluffy, puffy, seriously perfect pancakes. I assume that any carbonated beverage would work, but why not add some bubbly? I like to CELEBRATE the start of the day, and of the YEAR, in this case. So should you.
While the champagne results in pancakes with great texture, it gives the simple strawberry sauce a nice kick. The sauce comes together quickly, and doesn’t even need to be strained. It’s fresh, tart, and a great complement to those damn good pancakes.
Happy New Year! Are you a resolution person? What are you hoping for this year?
Thick, fluffy champagne pancakes topped with smashed strawberry champagne syrup. Sweet, tart, and perfect for those "hair of the dog that bit ya" mornings. Oh hello, New Year's Day.
Yield: 9 pancakes (serves 3)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Syrup adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian.