One of the best parts of being married is developing traditions that are specific to our little family of two.  I couldn’t tell you exactly when this particular one started, but it’s been going on now for at least a year or two.  There are times when my husband and I are in the kitchen when he’ll crank up the jams on YouTube.  It’s always unexpected.  Usually it’s the best of _____ (insert your favorite year here), and we see how many songs either of us knows without looking at the screen.  But sometimes it’s a playlist with a specific theme.

mascarpone pancakes

I decided to make sure we started 2014 off on the right foot by making pancakes, so we were hanging out in the kitchen while I whisked and stirred.  Because I was trying to connect with a certain friend on this particular morning, my husband cued up this long forgotten tune.  When he went into his next selection I didn’t think much of it, but then he let me know there was something connecting his song choices.  Songs with names as their titles.

mascarpone panckes with syrup

And so, over the next hour or two, I made a fabulous first breakfast of the year, we enjoyed it together, and he did all the dishes.

Traditions, indeed.

Here’s our complete morning playlist of name-title songs.  What did we leave off?

  • Maria, Maria – Santana
  • Amanda – Boston
  • Rosanna – Toto
  • Jeremy – Pearl Jam
  • Baba O’Riley  – The Who
  • Clint Eastwood – the Gorillaz
  • Roxanne – The Police
  • Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Penny Lane – The Beatles
  • Captain Jack – Billy Joel
  • Amie – Pure Prairie League
  • Layla – Eric Clapton
  • Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  • Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Lola – The Kinks
  • Daniel – Elton John
  • Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp
  • Frosty the Snowman – Burl Ives (yeah, so this was a joke, and we just listened to it for a second)
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Sarah Maria – James Taylor
  • Jolene – Allison Kraus

And here are the pancakes, which are a riff on these, which I Googled because I had mascarpone to use up.  They are super fluffy and luscious.

To make banana chocolate chip mascarpone pancakes for 4, you will need:

  • 1 C flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 C mascarpone (you could use softened cream cheese and 1/2 tsp. vanilla instead)
  • 1 1/2 bananas, chopped
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips
  • Additional butter for the skillet

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.  Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and mascarpone in smaller bowl.  Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk together.  It’s okay if there are some lumps in the batter.  Lumpy pancake batter is what it’s all about.  Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.

Heat a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Let butter get nice and sizzly.  Add batter to skillet by the quarter-cupful.  When bubbles start to appear on the top of the pancakes, use a spatula to flip.  Let pancakes cook 2-3 minutes on the other side (if yours puff up as much as mine did–if not, 1-2 minutes should be fine), and set aside.

I serve my pancakes hot off the griddle, but you can also keep them warm on a foil-lined baking sheet in a 200 degree oven if you want your loved ones to eat together.

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