I’ve now reported on a pancake of the week for one full year. That is a lot of pancakes! Not 52 different cakes, but probably more like 40 since I did have the same one more than once. Here’s my report on the very last.
Pancake of the Day: Banana batter with walnuts inside, a honey cream cheese drizzle and cinnamon butter.
What I thought: The batter was tasty, the drizzle delicious, the cinnamon butter good. Overall an enjoyable last pancake for this blog, although I have to say it was a little dry. I could have asked for extra butter, but I didn’t. A bit more butter would have counteracted the dryness but might have hid the yummy flavor of the drizzle.
The Summary and Honor Roll of Pancakes:
I just read over my entries, and it seems like my most constant comment was the pancake was too sweet. That makes it sound like I didn’t like my pancakes, but I almost always did. I don’t know if there was one I truly didn’t like. At one point, I did ask the staff if people complained that the pancakes weren’t sweet enough and was told that many do ask for syrup. But really, with the number of choices offered, it should always be possible to find a pancake that suits your tastes. And as mentioned, the kitchen is very accommodating.
I love that there is a pancake of the day and that the menu changes seasonally. I love trying new things, even when I don’t end up liking them. I thought it would be interesting to list some of my surprises, as well as my favorites.
2. I love peppermint or mint in my pancakes: The pre-Christmas Cake with peppermint (Dec. 23rd) and The Espresso Cream with mint mascarpone (Nov. 7.)
My Favorites: Looking over my list and comments, it is obvious that I really like fruity pancakes. My #1 favorite, which I was lucky enough to score twice, is the Raspberry Jalapeno (Oct 23), followed by anything else raspberry. I also loved the Strawberry Malted pancake (June 19), and the Strawberry Rhubarb cake (May 24).
Best Savory Pancake: I think I only had one this year, and it was a good one, Fort Fun. This was a buttermilk pancake with maple-bacon gravy, topped with candied bacon and cheddar crisps. It was super yummy but also super filling.
At some point in the past, instead of a pancake of the day, the cook concocted a savory bread pudding, which was also very delicious. I’d love to see savories on the menu more often.
My Favorite Post: I found tying the pancake post to something else was, other than the actual eating, the most fun part of this challenge. I liked the mention of my hometown when reviewing a strawberry pancake, but my favorite entry was for the one I dubbed The Union Cake for the first college I attended. I happened to be having breakfast with a college representative and the pancake just fit since Union’s colors are garnet and grey and the most interesting building on campus, the Nott Memorial, has 16 sides and could be represented as the blob. Union had recently won the D-I National Hockey Championship, too.
What makes the pancakes so good? For me, it’s the variety and the constant change. Some days are less interesting than others, and sometimes I wish old favorites would be recycled–Sunshine Wheat pancake anyone? The butters are outstanding, and one of my favorite parts of the toppings. They always have cinnamon and ginger butter, but have also featured lavender butter! The mascarpone toppings are almost always interesting and delicious, as are the sauces and drizzles, especially those in the citrus family.
All in all, I think you should try one of their many branches. (http://snoozeeatery.com/ )If you’re in Fort Collins, I very well may see you there!