When the temperature drops, it’s cold enough to snow and the Royal Pond freezes over, the castle grounds sparkle like an honest-to-goodness Winter Wonderland.
Seriously, it’s one of my favorite times of year.
I like to bundle up and take long walks through the Royal Forest and invite my family and friends over for an ice-skating party followed by a hearty brunch.
A royal brunch
Fluffy Quark Protein Pancakes are a staple on my winter brunch menu.
There are only a few choice ingredients in my favorite quark pancakes recipe, but that doesn’t stop them from being ultra-satisfying and utterly delicious.
What’s more, they’re so quick and easy that I don’t have to start making them until the hungry skaters come in from the cold.
After a strenuous workout like skating, it’s important to know that you’ve probably depleted most of your body’s store of energy.
Certainly, you’ll need to replace the protein, fats, vitamins and minerals you’ve used up in order to maintain optimal health (not to mention get through the rest of your day). Honestly, I can’t think of any better way to refuel than to eat pancakes with quark!
Quark protein pancakes
When you eat enough protein, you have a better chance of building muscle mass, lowering blood pressure and increasing bone strength.
Obviously, the eggs in this royal recipe are used for protein, but did you know that they’re also terrific sources of vitamin D, B6, B12, copper, iron and zinc?
Quark boosts the amount of protein without adding extra sugar or sodium.
Other advantages of Quark are its smooth texture and neutral flavor. It’s the perfect ingredient for making the most pillowy pancakes ever!
A touch of stevia (a natural sugar replacement that’s 40 times sweeter than regular sugar) adds sweetness without adding calories. In fact, stevia has so few calories that it’s often used in weight-loss and other weight-restricting diets.
Stevia is also thought to regulate blood sugar levels, which is great news for anyone worried about complications due to diabetes.
One of my favorite things about quark protein pancakes is that they complement so many other breakfast foods.
In terms of beverages, besides the usual coffees and teas, a choice of a healthy smoothie will definitely be appreciated.
I’m not kidding when I say my quark pancakes recipe is simple!
Here are the only supplies you need on hand to make this irresistible breakfast: a mixing bowl, a wire whisk, measuring cups and spoons, a frying pan and a spatula.
Wisk eggs in the bowl, mix in the Quark and stevia and then add the flour.
Keep mixing until everything is well-blended and smooth.
Place the frying pan on low-to-medium heat and add a dash of vegetable oil to coat the surface of the pan (this keeps the pancakes from sticking).
Tip from the Queen:
To test the temperature of the pan, drop a small amount of batter on it. If little bubbles appear on the surface of the batter, the pan is good to go!
Cook and flip!
Drop a few spoonfuls of batter onto the frying pan, but make sure the pancakes aren’t touching.
When the bubbles appear and the edges of the pancakes look dry to the touch, it’s time to grab the spatula and flip them over.
Be careful not to overcook; you’re aiming for a nice golden-brown color.
Tip from the Queen:
You may want to make a double batch. My guests have been known to head back to the skating rink after they eat. When they return, they never say no to another plate of Fluffy Quark Pancakes!
Fluffy Quark Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup Quark (homemade or store bought)
- 1 tbsp stevia or sugar
- Vegetable oil or Quark butter
- Mix ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Heat the oil in a pan, ladle dollops of batter into it, fry at medium temperature until golden brown.
- Top with fresh fruit and a little more Quark and you’ve got a real power breakfast.