Bloody Pancakes for Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! If you have kids at home who like the gross, gory aspects of Halloween, bring smiles to the table with these blood pancakes from Will Cook for Smiles. You can use your standard pancake recipe if you have one on hand and skip to the part where you make the blood sauce.

Buttermilk Pancakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 oz melted unsalted butter
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

“Bloody” Chocolate Covered Strawberry Syrup:,/i>
16 oz container of frozen strawberries in their own juice (defrosted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbs corn starch
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate syrup (about 2-3 tbs)

Whisk you wet pancake ingredients until combined. Whisk in your dry ingredients and let the batter stand for about 10 minutes. This is a good time to preheat your cooking pan. Cook the pancakes, in your preheated pan, for about a minute or two on each side. Check the pancakes by pressing lightly in the center, if its firm the pancakes are done.
Mix cornstarch and sugar until combined. In a medium sauce pot, add the strawberries with the juice (still cold) and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Mix well until all evenly combined.
Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Using a hand blender, blend the strawberries into puree (or run it through food processor). Strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove as much seeds as possible.
Mix in the chocolate syrup slowly, while stirring, until the desired color is reached.

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