The last couple of years my family and my husband’s brother’s family have taken a family vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My kids love Gatlinburg. First we take our camper and we are camping, or glamping and then there is so much to do in Gatlinburg. We have yet to do everything one could possibly do there, I think that would take many trips. A discovery we made our last trip was the Pancake Pantry. There are tons of pancake restaurants in the Gatlinburg area but this is the place my family will be and many other families come back to year after year. My family loved their pancakes. I wish they had some gluten free ones that I could have tried but they didn’t. I was able to try their peanut butter syrup that my kids ordered with their pancakes and oh my goodness it was good. I decided that I needed to figure out the recipe to make at home.
Even though it has been a few months my husband and kids still talk about Pancake Pantry. My husband even did a project using them for one of his MBA courses. There is often talk among him and the kids about taking a day trip to Gatlinburg just to eat at Pancake Pantry. Yes, a 6 hour trip just for pancakes. I guess they were amazing, I wouldn’t know. With the amount they talk about it I figured it is probably better that I figure out that peanut butter sauce sooner rather than later.
I got to work. First researching different recipes and looking for a copycat recipe. There wasn’t a copycat recipe though. The other recipes all had a similar theme to them so I went to work. I found the formula used in the other recipes was far too sweet for us. I adjusted it and found the perfect combo, the reverse of any recipe I found online.
I let my husband try it and he wanted a spoon and the jar. At that point I knew it was a hit. I couldn’t wait for my kids to try it. Pancakes for dinner with a peanut buttery surprise was on the menu. I sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top and my kids were in love. I think I may be able to delay their and my husband’s road trip for at least a little bit longer
Since I made the peanut butter syrup no one has mentioned going to Pancake Pantry. I think I have cured their craving for at least a little while.
What is your favorite way to top pancakes?
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter (I use creamy)
- ¾ Cup Maple Syrup (Real Maple Syrup, not pancake syrup)
- Place peanut butter and maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.
- Heat for one minute on high in the microwave and then stir. If needed, heat thirty seconds and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Store in a jar in the refrigerator and warm in microwave prior to serving.