Since the first time I came across a recipe for birthday pancakes, I’ve been dying to make my version. But the next birthday in the family won’t be until January when Alex turns 20 and I don’t think I can wait that long. So, I made birthday pancakes today even if it’s no one’s birthday. I’ll just pretend it’s mine.
There are many versions of birthday pancakes on the web. Some have sprinkles mixed into the pancake batter. The toppings vary too from powdered sugar to melted white chocolate to whipped cream.
My birthday pancakes don’t have sprinkles mixed into the batter. The sprinkles went on top after the glaze had been poured. And the glaze is made with fresh lime juice and powdered sugar. What a combination, seriously. So good. If you don’t have limes, you can substitute lemons or even oranges. Any citrus fruit, in fact, or a combination of one or more varieties to create that perfect symmetry between sweet and tangy. For added panache, you can even add finely grated citrus zest to the glaze.
The pancakes are just ordinary breakfast pancakes. I make mine from scratch (get the recipe). The sprinkles you can buy from baking supply shops. Sometimes, you can even find them in regular grocery stores.
The glaze is very easy to make. You’ll want about two tablespoonfuls of glaze for every pancake. Place two tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar in a small cup. Add the zest if you’re using any. Add lime juice (or whatever citrus juice or juices you’re using), a few drops at a time, mixing after adding the liquid. Use just enough juice to make a paste that is pourable.
And that’s it. Stack your pancakes, pour glaze over them, top with sprinkles, stick a candle in and light it. Then, serve it to whoever’s having his or her birthday. Breakfast in bed. Isn’t that a wonderful way to say “Happy Birthday” first thing in the morning?