Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup

9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy
When your son is named Phoenix, you simply can't let his 9 3/4 month birthday pass by without celebrating.  I am such a fan of Harry Potter, although I didn't discover its magical world until my 30s.  I was a freshman in college when the first book was published 20 years ago, and it wasn't until I met my husband that I started watching the movies from the beginning, and then read through all the books one summer.  I've since seen the movies at least two dozen times, and I never tire of them.  I especially love watching them at Christmas; they make me feel warm, cozy and loved.  I hope Phoenix loves them as much as I do, and I so look forward to the day when that's something I can share with him.

So to celebrate his 9 3/4 month birthday, what better than a stack of cauldron cakes - a.k.a. pancakes - topped with treacle syrup?



9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy

9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy

9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy

9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy



These pancakes are classically light and fluffy, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.  The key, I have found, to perfect pancakes, is to not rush the cooking process with high heat, but rather to cook them slowly over moderate heat, so that they brown beautifully, with a slightly crisp crust around the edges and a lovely, soft fluffy interior.

Treacle, which is featured prominently throughout the Harry Potter books, usually by mention of treacle tarts, is the British name for any syrup made of refined sugar.  Since black treacle is not available in the US, molasses makes a wonderful substitution.  Blackstrap molasses are pretty strong, so I used a ratio of 1 cup of pure maple syrup mixed with 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses, and the result is a richly flavored, intensely dark, slightly bittersweet maple syrup that's perfect over these pancakes.





Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add the milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter and whisk until well combined, but a few lumps remain.  Set aside while you heat the griddle.

Preheat a griddle to 300 degrees.  Grease with butter or non-stick spray and measure out 1/3 cup of batter per pancake.  Cook the pancakes until golden brown underneath and lots of air bubbles are rising to the top, then carefully flip the pancakes and cook the other side until golden brown.  Keep the pancakes warm in a 200-degree oven while you cook the remainder of the batter.

For the syrup, combine the maple syrup and molasses and warm in the microwave.  Serve the pancakes with the syrup and extra butter.

Yields about 11-12 pancakes

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen 


9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy

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