Celebrate Fat Tuesday early this year with a lavish brunch spread. This Mardi Gras pancake bar is a nod to the tradition of carb-loading with rich, decadent flapjacks right before Lent’s austerity measures kick in.
A simple gold Mylar curtain creates a festive backdrop, while purple, gold, and green — the traditional Mardi Gras colors — create a bright parade down the table.
Pancakes topped with cream and then sprinkled with purple, gold, and green sugar are a breakfast take on the traditional Mardi Gras king cake. Bonus points: Add a dime to one of the pancakes as it cooks; whoever gets the coin is rumored to become richer than eggs, milk, and sugar. (Just warn guests beforehand to take baby bites.)
Extra bonus points: Add a secret ingredient to the whipped cream — bourbon!
Bourbon Whipped Cream
- 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
Beat in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form.
You can even pay tribute to New Orleans’ most famous confection by whipping up a sinfully indulgent batch of praline butter. Yum!
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
Add sugar, pecans and 1 tablespoon of butter to a small frying pan. Cook over medium-low heat, shaking pan frequently, until sugar is completely melted and golden.
Spread mixture in a single layer onto a large piece of wax paper and let cool. Break into pieces. Put pieces in a plastic bag and roll over it with a rolling pin or the side of a drinking glass to crush the pieces.
Mix crushed pieces with remaining butter and mound on a small plate or in a small bowl.
Finally, ribbon flags are a super easy and inexpensive finishing touch that instantly jazz up a stack of hotcakes.
DIY Ribbon Flags
Step 1: Make a loop with an 8-inch piece of ribbon.
Step 2: Place a wooden skewer or toothpick perpendicular to the loop (on top of the ribbon, not inside the loop).
Step 3: Pull the ends of the ribbon over the skewer and through the open loop.
Step 4: Pull the loose ends tight around the skewer, then trim the ends. You can even make multi-colored flags by layering two pieces of ribbon over each other and tying them as one.
Invite friends and family to your own Mardi Gras pancake brunch — and laissez les bons temps rouler!