Coconut Pancakes, A Tropical Goodmorning.

It was a warm Sunday morning, and the perfect day for pancakes...coconut pancakes.
I stirred up a bowl of pancake batter using the basic recipe from Joy of Cooking, then added unsweetened finely shredded coconut flakes and extra milk.  After flipping them on the griddle, I garnished with more coconut flakes and fresh banana.  Super easy!  But for next time, I think I should experiment with real coconut milk.  Has anyone ever done that?  And do you think it would be weird to garnish with fresh pineapple instead of banana?
In April I bought a large bag of finely shredded coconut to top my buttercream frosted cupcakes.  Though originally fearful of the extra coconut, this investment has revolutionized my eats.  A little dusting over my oatmeal, a spoonful with my yogurt, a pinch on my peanut butter toast...I've been going coconut crazy!  In fact, sometimes I forget I'm living in the Northeast.  ; )

Just as a sidenote, despite the name of my blog and my kitchen conconctions, coconut is not my signature trademark.  Any family or close friend can tell you that my true loyalty lies with pineapple.  

Here's a fun experiment to try: Leave a fresh pineapple on the kitchen counter and set a timer.  I might have a genetically altered sensitivity for this sweet fruit, because within seconds I will come running into the kitchen, knife in hand (ok, I know I shouldn't be running with a knife).  What ensues next, a sticky scene of cutting, spiraling, and finger-licking, is a tribute to efficiency and single-minded determination like you have never witnessed before.  Left undisturbed, I have been known to quietly eat the entire pineapple, and can continue indefinably if not for the risk of cankersores.  So please don't hesitate to forcibly stop me if you want a taste!

You wouldn't believe how pretty this stack looked after I poured on the maple syrup.  The amber drizzles slowly pooled and puddled around the pancakes, making the coconut flakes look like little sticky crystals.  I wanted to capture a photograph, but I was too hungry.  Sorry!
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(10pm) I just returned from church, and my mind is busy trying to file away new hopes and fresh convictions.  Now I feel silly posting this trivial tribute to pancakes, but since I already wrote out the description this morning I decided to share it.

Recently I've been pensive, trying to examine why I invest so much hope in fleeting academic achievements and a future career, rather than in the God who has given me these opportunities.  It's that timeless question of "What ensures happiness?"  Perhaps I'll expose more thoughts in a future post.
Apologies for ending on a heavy note.

Goodnight.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Rachel

8 comments:

MaryMoh said...

Lovely pancakes for breakfast. My family would love that.

Lyndsey said...

I think pineapple goes perfect with coconut! I would eat these alone without syrup! Yummy! I was thinking coconut milk when you mentioned adding a little more milk. I'll have to try it that way. Ooo and maybe some nutella on top!

MelindaRD said...

The pancakes look great. I love that there are so many variations when it comes to pancakes. I will have to check out the recipe in the Joy of Cooking cookbook.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The pancakes sound great! I've just recently started to appreciate coconut; I'll have to give these pancakes a try...

bentobird said...

So yummy! I adore coconut and love this recipe...

Emily said...

Pancakes look delish!

And I definitely think that God has given you the academic and career aspirations that you have! He can (and will) use these things to touch the lives of others and to do his work. I think that part of living for God is using the gifts and talents that he's given us. :-)

susanyuen said...

Those look delish!!! Great photos too! :D

sherimiya said...

I would definitely try coconut milk. I adore shredded coconut too. I really need you around to spiral-cut my pineapple for me!! I would totally keep you in pineapples if you would be available to do that for me :D

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