Friday, August 1, 2014

Vegan tiramisu pancakes

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Hey y’all! Long time no see! No worries, I’m back to torture you with more odd-looking breakfast food and gory butchering of the English language. Hide yo wife and hide yo kids, cos June is here to stay.

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Oh noes indeed. source

Clearly, I haven’t been on my game lately. Not that I’ve ever been on my game. But more radically so in recent days, which I can of course blame on four factors:

1) The goddamn oven broke.

2) Being rather sick.

3) Zucchini.

4) Binge-writing.

Number one is self-explanatory: after coming home from vacation, how delighted were we to see that oh joy, the oven won’t work anymore! Which means I have to do all of my zucchini bread-making in the toaster oven! Wow! Yay!

I know, a first world problem right up there with spotty airplane Wi-Fi and stolen ponies, but a problem nonetheless, especially when you have [redacted] pounds of zucchini to deal with in the form of quick bread (“redacted” so you do not have to suffer secondhand squash-induced panic attacks).

Number two involved lots of nose-blowing and almost-fainting when trying to brush one’s hair. Have you ever almost fainted while brushing your hair? I had not, until yesterday.

In fact, the past few days—since we got home from vacation—have been just delightful in my family, with all four of us catching fevers and coughing incessantly and snotted-on tissues falling from the sky. It’s really great, living in a Petri dish.

I’ll get to number three next post.

Number four is, by far, the most joyful and warm and fuzzy item on this list. A sign of success, perhaps. My current novel-in-progress has been going extraordinarily well—for me, anyway, since I’ve mostly been a writing failure over the course of my short and sad life.

Which has left me with only a few writing neurons left in my brain to dedicate to a blog post…so, um, yeah, whatever. 

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Nor any neurons left to decipher what this is.

Going to stop trying now and just tell you what the recipe is today.

Basically, it’s like, tiramisu, but pancakes.

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I got the idea when, in the comments of the Boston cream pie pancakes post, Rachel mentioned tiramisu…which obviously made me think of pancakes, not actual, authentic tiramisu, because my mind works in strange and mysterious ways like that.

You see, my mother (the same one who eats half a banana) likes to make this tiramisu recipe which calls for Cool Whip and instant pudding mix and Kahlua, and yes it is a hit at parties, so my perception of this dessert has largely been influenced by that. Vanilla pudding. Coffee-flavored sugary shit. A sprinklin’ of cocoa powder. What’s not to love (hint: nothing)?

As such, you will see three main components in here:

1) Vanilla pancakes.

2) Gooey ooey vanilla pudding.

3) This dangerously addictive espresso sauce.

I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous and potentially life-threatening that espresso sauce is. You think salted caramel is addictive? That’s cute. Try adding coffee.

Although I will admit that yes, my cocoa powder sprinklin’ skills are somewhat subpar. I blame this on my alarming sense of complacency and idiotic use of a fork instead of a sieve to complete the act of sprinklin’, which made it not as pretty-like as I would have hoped.

But whatever. Doesn’t matter; had pancakes.

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#IDEKA source

Vegan tiramisu pancakes

Makes one serving pancakes, plus extra toppings


Pancake batter (adapted from my mint chocolate chip pancakes)

62 grams • white whole wheat flour • ½ cup

4 grams • baking powder • 1 scant teaspoon

1 gram • salt • 1/8 teaspoon

15 grams • brown sugar • 1 heaping tablespoon

61 grams • nondairy milk • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons

3 grams • apple cider vinegar • ½ teaspoon

7 grams • oil of choice • ½ tablespoon

6 grams • vanilla extract • ½ tablespoon

Vanilla filling (adapted from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan)

12 grams • cornstarch • 1 ½ tablespoons

305 grams • nondairy milk • 1 ¼ cups

67 grams • granulated sugar • 1/3 cup

13 grams • Earth Balance • 1 tablespoon

4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon

Coffee syrup (adapted from

60 grams • coconut milk, full-fat and at room temperature • ¼ cup

8 grams • instant espresso powder (use less for a less intense flavor) • 1 tablespoon

75 grams • granulated sugar • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons

7 grams • water • ½ tablespoon

20 grams • vegan margarine, room temperature • 1 ½ tablespoons

2 grams • salt • ¼ heaping teaspoon

For serving

Cocoa powder


In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup nondairy milk and cornstarch, using amounts under “vanilla filling”. Set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk remaining nondairy milk and sugar, heating until it begins to steam. Add cornstarch mixture at this point. Stirring occasionally, cook until mixture begins to thicken and barely reaches a boil, about four to five minutes. Turn down heat to very low and cook another three to four minutes, stirring occasionally until thick. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Refrigerate in the meantime.

To make coffee sauce, start by combining coconut milk and espresso powder. Whisk until espresso dissolves.

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar and water over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then cook undisturbed for about 3 to 5 minutes until amber in color. Remove from heat and immediately add margarine. Whisk in cream mixture and salt until smooth. Let cool before using.

To make pancakes, whisk together dry ingredients. Fold in wet just until combined. Fry on a pre-heated pan until little bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pancake, then flipping and cooking all the way through. Serve with vanilla filling, coffee glaze, cocoa powder, and whipped cream. Nosh.

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Floating in a vast, featureless void of my own visceral fat.

If you choose to make this, you may find that there are lumps in your pudding. That’s okay. Sift it out. There may also be lumps in your caramel. That’s also okay. You can also sift it out. Also, you may feel slightly homicidal towards me while doing these things, but that’s okay. Please consult a doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.

Um. I need to sign off now, before I start trash-talking President Putin and end up getting myself knifed in the back by a rouge lifestyle-blogging Jedi. Back to binge-writing.


  1. You are hired! Will Monday suit? I'll have these as my dinner after work, purr-lease! Tiramisu is one of my favourite desserts, and in pancake form? Bring it!

    I hope you have recovered by now, fainting when attempting to brush one's hair is less good.... Did you see the doctor to check what on earth was happening?
    I cannot wait to see your zucchini creations as well, mmmm :) Oh oh, and writing! This is epic news :D Keep up the good work, and have an amazing weekend! I myself went for a swim today after work, cycled home and got yelled at by a woman for rolling on the pavement (sorry, but I don't wish to die...) aaaaand then I studied a bit, exciting stuff! Will be working both tomorrow and Sunday though, most likely - which should be all right! Finally working in a kitchen fo real yo! :D

    Have an awesome Friday missy! x

    1. Tiramisu is one of my favorites too, I ought to make a vegan version for the blagh... :) And yes there will be a lot of zucchini creations in the coming days / weeks / years. Maybe even zucchini pancakes. And about the almost-fainting-while-brushing-hair incident I did not see a doctor, instead I stumbled back to my room and snoozed for another six or so hours, that seemed to help :D Anyway hope you have a great weekend too! :)

    2. Ahhh sometimes sleep is the best medicine! I remember making courgette/zucchini fritters a few times, deeelicious! Especially when paired with (drowned in more like it...) sweet chilli sauce, yum! x

    3. Oooh that sounds great (fritters in sweet chili sauce). I will have to find a recipe for that. :)

  2. Tiramisu is one of my favorite cakes; therefore these pancakes would be something I would love.

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Please take good care. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Thank you! So happy to hear you like these. And thanks for the well wishes. :)

  3. Pancake tiramisu? Awesomelove tiramisu I am this pancake will tastes yum

  4. I hope you feel better soon, June! I am not surprised at all to hear that you have a novel in progress, you have real writing talent. I love the idea of these decadent pancakes. And I really like the second photo! : )

    1. Thanks so much!! I'm glad you think so, I will be sure to talk about the book if I ever end up (self) publishing it. :I

  5. Hi June, what a brilliant dish, hope you feel better soon.

  6. UMMM... I want to start my morning out with these pancakes!!! They look super yummy, June!

  7. These look delicious!! I love my pancakes on the weekends and I love experimenting with different flavors. Pinning!!
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

    1. Thank you! I agree, the weekend = pancake time in this house :)

  8. you had me at Tiramisu, dessert in a pancake/breakfast form, now that is starting your day off right!

  9. Are you sure these pankcakes are true? They look too ood and too delicious to be true! :)

  10. Hi June Baby, what is Earth Balance? I am in the United States. is there a substitute for it?

    1. Earth Balance is just a brand of vegan "butter". These days you can usually find it in big supermarkets and such, but if you can't find it you could use margarine, as long as there aren't any milk products in it (some have casein, etc.). You could also use coconut oil in this recipe. Thanks for asking! :)