The Best Pancakes Ever!

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Normally, if someone told me, “eat ricotta pancakes,” then I would tell them to get a life. But this morning something changed. I made them, and I was wrong: they aren’t crazy, but delicious. A few days ago I had a conversation in my head that went something like this: “The world loves pancakes, and I am no exception, therefore I want to make the best pancakes ever.” I proceeded to do some research about what makes pancakes so popular and I started to think about what I thought would make pancakes super cool. I came to some pretty tasty conclusions. I found out that the world really does love ricotta pancakes, and it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Although I was hesitant, I decided to try them out. Oh silly me! I thought that the pancakes were going to taste like big fatty cheese blobs. I don’t know about you but when I’m eating pancakes I want to go all-out sweet. I’m talking obscene amounts of syrup. And bring on the chocolate sauce! Bring on the berries! How about some sugar and cinnamon? Come on, I don’t care! The options are endless. Being the curious person that I am, I wanted to know about the worlds fascination with ricotta pancakes so I decided to make my own. Let me tell you, was I wrong about my hesitation! The ricotta does nothing but add moisture and glorious love and joy to each bite. You might say, “Come on, that’s a little extreme!” But really, ricotta pancakes are hyped up for a reason and I think you’re really lame if you don’t give them a try. I was scared about the ingredients, but they really are the best pancakes ever. Let’s do this people, and let’s do it together! Join the masses, join the trend and make these delicious ricotta and lemon pancakes.

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

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Today was rough, to put it lightly. I woke up with a burst of life because I knew exactly what I wanted to do today. I had every intention of baking this beautiful cake for my boy, as tomorrow is his birthday. The plan was to make a huge, luxurious chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream and berries piled to the sky. It was going to be perfect and I could not wait to get started. With all the ingredients ready, and with no worries, I began to bake. Although the cake turned out lovely, the chocolate whipped cream was not as successful. I could not get he ingredients to come together and it was a mess. I found myself, literally, on my kitchen floor, sitting against my oven and staring blankly at the wall. I wanted tears to come but they just wouldn’t flow. Pulling myself off the floor, I decided that chocolate whipped cream was overrated anyways and so I decided to whip up some plain, good old-fashion whipped cream. What could possibly go wrong? Well, apparently, a lot. I prematurely stopped whipping the cream and eagerly slapped it on the cake. I had turned my back for 20 seconds and when I turned back around it had completely melted. That’s when the tears finally started flowing. How come it seems that when you want to make something extra special, something ALWAYS goes wrong? Is it just me!? Wiping my tears away, I made a new batch of whipped cream after salvaging the cake from the melted whipped cream mess. And guess what? It turned out to be a really pretty cake after all! Not only did it turn out beautiful, but it is DELICIOUS too! The lesson to be learned: slow down in the kitchen. Taking the time to read a recipe seems like a no-brainer, even for the confident baker, but take the time to read the recipe carefully and follow the directions. Slowing down and following steps in order will ensure that your creations will turn out perfectly. Skip skimming and you will get it right the first try; imagine that!?! Enjoy this cake. After the time it took me to make it, I know I will!

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