Y’all already know my love affair with CBD oil but I’ll give you a little breakdown in case you’re new here. And again – I’m not a medical professional and not giving any medical advice, just speaking from my own experiences.
I began researching CBD as a supplement to give my oldest pup Sadie, while she’s going through Chemotherapy to help with her appetite. And Sadie is one tough cookie, and quite possibly the pickiest dog of all time so I wasn’t sure I would be able to get her to take it but to my surprise she was ready to chow down anytime I added the oil to her food. So I’m already sold 100% just from this alone. Then I started researching what it could do for me. Anxiety is something I’ve dealt with for years so I’m willing to give anything a shot that can help a girl out! So I began chatting with the ladies behind CBD & Me – a company based out of Northwest Arkansas and we began brainstorming ideas to show how to incorporate CBD into food items. https://www.instagram.com/cbdandme.co/
So, now that you’re caught up – we can begin talking about to joys of a pancake board. I’m all about having any food you want served on a board! The possibilities are endless – which is what I love so much about grazing boards. I don’t have a recipe for the pancakes themselves – I literally just do what the mix tells me to. I’ll occasionally throw in some mini chocolate chips but for the most part I just follow the instructions. One of the few times I actually do that when cooking. The first couple are always ugly, I think that’s a fact of life but after that I become a pancake machine. What we’re going to talk about here is more the things you add to the top of a pancake.
Let’s talk butter! Butter might be one of the great joys in life. I feel like it makes everything better. It is incredibly easy to make your own, but you can always just use storebought! (Insert my Ina Garten voice here) I also love making compound or flavored butters – it’s a great way to zuzsh up a recipe! For this recipe I knew I wanted to to incorporate the CBD to the butter but I wanted to make sure the flavor didn’t overpower it. So I added in the sweet flavors of maple and vanilla to offset any overpowering taste. Here is what you need to do to make it.
1 cup heavy cream
3ml cbd oil (I use @cbdandme.co 500mg infused oil with a hint of almond) https://www.shopcbdandme.com/product-page/1-oz-infused-oil-500-mg-oz
In a stand mixer pour your cold cream and a pinch of salt and mix using the whisk attachment. Mix on slow and as your mixture thickens gradually turn the speed higher. After several minutes, you’ll have whipped cream. Keep mixing and the mixture will begin to turn a pale yellow and you’ll see the fat separating from the liquid. Strain the fat solids from the buttermilk using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Pour cold water over your butter and form into a ball. I then let my butter come back to a room temperature (so it’s easier to spread) and I add in my cbd oil, maple extract and vanilla extract. I give it a good mix and transfer to a bowl for serving! If you are wanting to use butter you already have on hand, just soften the butter then add your find oil and maple/vanilla extract and give it a good mix.
Now onto flavored syrups! You could always just stick to regular ol’ maple syrup for your pancake board BUT why do that when you can be like you’re own personal IHOP and have flavored syrups. I did a strawberry syrup and blackberry syrup.. because I’m extra and also because I had some fruit I needed to use. The recipe for each of them is fairly similar but I’ll give you both.
First up – Strawberry
2 cups strawberries finely chopped (now because this sometimes hangs me up when I look at recipes – I’m going to clarify – finely chop your strawberries, then measure out the 2 cups. Not two cups of whole strawberries, finely chopped. You may be like duh – that’s always what that means.. but if not, you’re welcome)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lemon juice
1tbsp coconut oil, melted
2ml CBD oil (I use @cbdandme.co 500mg infused oil with a hint of almond) https://www.shopcbdandme.com/product-page/1-oz-infused-oil-500-mg-oz
In a small sauce pot, add your sugar, water, cornstarch, and lemon juice, whisk to combine then add your strawberries and bring to a boil. As your mixture is cooking, using a fork or masher (ugh is that the name of that tool? Potato masher? I mash more than potatoes with it.. I don’t know) mash your strawberries so that your mixture cooks down to a mostly smooth sauce/syrup. Cook for around 8-10 minutes until it has thickened to a syrup-y consistentency. Here is where you can go one of two ways. Rustic style – don’t strain. If you want a smooth syrup – strain. If you strain, carefully pour mixture through a mesh strainer, and using a spoon or rubber spatula push mixture through to get all the yummy strawberry syrup goodness out without getting all the seeds (you’ll probably still have some seeds) and chunks that didn’t cook all the way down. Mix together your melted coconut oil and cbd oil then once your syrup has cooled slightly, add the cbd mixture and stir.
2 cups whole blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1tbsp coconut oil, melted
2ml cbd oil (I use @cbdandme.co 500mg infused oil with a hint of almond) https://www.shopcbdandme.com/product-page/1-oz-infused-oil-500-mg-oz
In a small sauce pot, whisk together your water, sugar, and cornstarch until dissolved then add your blackberries. Bring to a boil. Using your masher or fork, mash your blackberries as they cook down. Cook for around 10-12 minutes until your sauce as thickened. Now same as with the strawberry – you can go for either a rustic sauce or strain it to make a smoother syrup. Mix together your coconut oil and cbd oil and add to your blackberry syrup.
I want to make note here than you can increase or decrease the cbd oil as needed! It’s all about what amounts work for you but these are some baseline options for you to build off of.
Now to assemble your board. Place your syrups and butter into small dishes and arrange on your board. Add your pancakes to the board in whatever arrangement makes you happy!! Fill in any blank spaces with fruit, chocolate chips, whatever you like to top your pancakes with. I like to use fruit because it gives you a pop of color to your board!