Valentine’s Day Brunch (with pancake recipe!)

My husband and I don’t like to spend money for Valentine’s day—it just feels too corporate, too manufactured. So instead of buying gifts and going out for an expensive dinner, we stay at home and spend the day together to enjoy handcrafted meals and sincere gifts of affection.

This year, we celebrated a little early and had a Sunday morning brunch. The night before, I filled a heart-shaped ice cube mold with cranberry pomegranate juice, and surprised him in the morning with the ice in his cup of orange juice.

Orange Juice with Heart-shaped ice cubes

My plan was to make strawberry and blueberry waffles—I have a heart-shaped waffle iron—but apparently it wasn’t cleaned well enough last time, and I couldn’t get the waffles out. So, we had pancakes instead, using the same batter. I garnished his plate with heart-shaped strawberry and banana slices.

Valentine's Day Brunch

My Valentine to you, dear reader, is my waffle/pancake recipe. It’s light and fluffly and very easy to add your own favorite flavorings, plus, it’s handed down to me from my pancake-connoisseur mother.

Mom’s Best Fluffy Pancakes (or Waffles)


  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 T sugar
  • Optional: 1 tsp of one or each of your favorite spices
  • scant cup of milk (or soymilk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • Optional: 1 C chopped fruit or fruit filling
  • Optional: 1 C rolled oats
  • Optional: 1/2 C chocolate or butterscotch chips


Mix the dry ingredients (including any spices) in a small mixing bowl. Add the egg and the milk and combine until all the dry ingredients are moistened, but do not over mix. If you are adding fruit or other optional ingredients, fold them into the batter.

For pancakes:

Using a non-stick griddle or frying pan on medium heat, pour the batter into the pan in manageable sizes for flipping. When the edges of the pancakes become dry looking and the bubbles at the edge have popped, carefully flip the pancakes. Cook each pancake on it’s other side for slightly less time than the first side (just check to see if they look done).

For waffles:

Pour the batter into your waffle iron and it will tell you when it’s done. That’s it.

Be sure to check out my Pinterest Board for more Valentine’s Day recipes and ideas!

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