Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DIY Malasadas//Pancake Puffs

Ever been to Denny's recently? Their pancake puppies are probably my favorite thing on the menu. I figured I could surprise my boyfriend when he came over for dinner (detailed on another post). Ever since then, I’ve been making up new ways to make these convenient snacks more delectable than the last batch.

DIY pancake pups*
Makes 10 puffs **
1/2 cup of preferred pancake mix (I used Buttermilk)
1/3 cup of milk
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
Pancake syrup

**To make more, simply double all ingredients.

To make the dough, mix the pancake mix with the milk and vanilla until creamy with a whisk. Add the flour to add texture and stability to the mix (you’ll thank me later when frying). If still liquid, add 1/4 cup more.

Note that you can add whatever you like in the dough for flavor, like caramel or fruit, as long they’re not too hard.

Once the dough’s ready (should be easy to mold and shape), dust some flour on your hands and a dessert spoon. Use the spoon to scoop out some dough and use your hands to make them into little balls.

Heat the oil in a saucepan (recipe works with a deep fryer as well!). Fry up those puffs until crisp and golden on the outside; they'll be soft and fluffy on the inside.

Enjoy and remember to share the fluffy goodness!

*Pancake Puppies ® Denny's*
Note: The puppies are actually known as malasadas, a type of Portuguese donuts

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