This board is SO cute! And surprisingly simple to put together.
First, I chose three main elements for this breakfast board: pancakes, bacon, & fruit. Then I put a Valentine’s Day themed twist on each element. Plain pancakes are turned into Pink Ombre Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Bacon is now Candied Bacon. And for the fruit, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries were a must.
First Recipe to Make: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are way too easy to make. Only four ingredients & 20 minutes stand between you & an army of decadent little berries. You’ll quickly find excuses to make more of them because why not?!
Note: these take time to set. You may want to make these the day before you plan to eat them.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Easy & fast dessert idea with only 4 ingredients. Great for Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day gifts too!
- 20 Strawberries whole
- 3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
- 2 t Coconut Oil
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Wash the strawberries & pat dry.
Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to a bowl with 1 1/2 t coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until half of the chips are melted. Stir with a spoon until the rest have melted.
Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, either by holding the top around the greens or by inserting a toothpick or skewer into the core. Let any excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Lay the strawberry on the parchment paper & repeat until all strawberries have been covered in chocolate.
Combine the white chocolate with the remaining 1/2 t of coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until half of the chips are melted. Stir with a spoon until the rest have melted.
Using your spoon, take a spoonful of chocolate & drizzle it in thin lines over the strawberries while they rest on the tray. I like to practice right in the bowl first so I get the feel for how fast to go back & forth. Start your drizzle on the parchment paper and then zig zag across the strawberry – there will always be a big glob at first.
Let the chocolate set at room temp for about 30 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can put them in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Second Recipe: Candied Bacon
Candied Bacon is also VERY easy to make. It only takes about 5 minutes of hands on work & then you are rewarded with a perfect blend of sweet & spicy savory goodness.
This recipe was a little spicy for my kids, but if you cut back on the cayenne & the white pepper by half it should be perfect for kids & adults alike. All of the adults loved it as written! If you’re a little timid about spicy foods, please give the full strength spice a try! The sweetness from the sugar really balances the spice well & it’s not as intense as it would normally be.
Quick & easy recipe to level up your bacon! Great for holidays or charcuterie platters, brunches or breakfast for dinner.
- 1 lb Bacon premium or thick cut preferred
- 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar lightly packed
- 1/2 t Cinnamon ground
- 1/2 t Chili Powder
- 1/4 t Chipotle or Cayenne Powder chipotle = mild; cayenne = medium/hot
- 1/4 t White Pepper ground, 1/8 t = mild
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil & place a cooling rack on top of the foil.
In a small dish, combine the brown sugar & spices together. Coat the bacon with the brown sugar mix on both sides. Gently shake off any excess sugar. Lay the bacon flat on the cooling rack & repeat with all strips.
Bake for 25 minutes, until bacon is cooked through & starting to crisp on the edges. Your bacon may take more or less time to cook based on the thickness & your preferred doneness.
- Do not put bacon on a paper towel lined plate to cool! It will be very sticky. Use parchment paper, a silicone mat, or leave right on the cooling rack.
Third Recipe: Pink Ombre Pancakes
Pink Ombre Pancakes are super easy to make but they do take a little bit of time in the kitchen. Really not much different from your regular pancake making process – the main difference is that you’ll be adding food coloring in every few batches.
Pink Ombre Pancakes with Mini Chocolate Chips
Valentine’s Day inspired pancakes with a little extra sweetness.
- 4 c Aunt Maple’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 2 c Filtered Water
- 1 c Mini Chocolate Chips
- Pink Food Coloring
- Red Food Coloring
Mix the pancake mix & water together until just combined. Gently add the chocolate chips in.
Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add butter or non-stick spray. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out pancakes one at a time & add to the hot skillet. Flip pancakes when edges look dry & they have bubbled up. You can test it by sliding the corner of your spatula under the edge – if it lifts up easily it is ready to flip. Cook on the second side until they easily release from the pan & set aside to keep warm. (I put them in the oven on the lowest heat possible.)
After you’ve made about 4 pancakes of the regular batter, add 2 drops of pink food coloring. Mix gently to evenly spread the color. Make 4 pancakes that are light pink. You may want to lower the heat a bit so they don’t brown as much. Repeat this process, adding 2 drops of food coloring after every 4 pancakes to get darker pink each time.
After about 3 or 4 rounds of adding pink, once you’re towards the end of your pancake batter, add the red food coloring to the mix to get a deep, rich pink tone. If the mix is looking flat & liquidy, add 1/2 cup of pancake batter & 1/4 cup of water to the bowl to fluff it back up.
Keep all of the pancakes warm until they are finished. Now you have several shades from regular tan pancakes to light pink & all the way to bright pink.
Serve with Maple Syrup or Whip Cream & enjoy!
Other ideas to include on a pancake board…
- Butter, sliced for individual use
- Fresh fruit
- Small jars or bowls with yogurt for parfaits
- Scrambled or boiled eggs
- Cooked breakfast sausage
- And this one might sound weird, but baked beans are a great option too!
Did you try any of these recipes?? I cannot wait to hear how is turns out! Please tell me all about how it goes! I really appreciate all of your feedback & I love seeing your creations! Please leave a review & comment. And don’t forget to take a quick pic of your creation & tag This & That on Instagram or Facebook.