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Loaded Pancake Boards Are A Fun New Way To Serve Breakfast

These look beautiful and delicious!

Move over, charcuterie boards. There’s a new board in town, and it’s taking over brunch — and the internet. If your ideal mid-morning meal includes a stack of warm, buttery flapjacks and your choice of accouterments, take note: Pancake boards are a delicious new brunch trend.

Pancake boards and trays are ideal for brunch, but you’re not limited to serving (or indulging) in this tasty treat then. Of course, you can have them for breakfast, but dinner or a late evening meal is an option as well.

The focus of these spreads might be fluffy, warm circles of hearty goodness, but what makes this trend so tempting is the toppings. What you include on a pancake board is really up to you. You could go for a theme, such as sweet sides and toppings — think sliced fruit, blueberry syrup, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. Or you might veer toward savory, with offerings such as zucchini pancakes, egg bites, bacon, sausage, and cheese.

If you love the idea of a loaded pancake board but would like a bit of inspiration, look no further than social media. Using the hashtag #pancakeboard on Instagram reveals dozens of mouthwatering images and info that will have you dashing to the kitchen to whip up some batter and dig some delicious extras out of the fridge and pantry.

Here’s one from @everyday tables, featuring small pancakes, fruit, syrups, bacon, and some fun toppings!

On the other hand, you might want to go for a full brunch board with a combination of all of your favorite foods and ingredients. There really is no wrong way to enjoy pancakes.

This one from @jackiesboardlife includes eggs, bacon, grapefruit, peanut butter, bananas and more. It’s definitely a complete breakfast spread.

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Nicole Dyer (@thatdyerlife) posted a pic of her scrumptious-looking board, which included roasted pears, homemade raspberry compote, coconut whipped topping. and pumpkin marshmallows.

“Brunch board? Pancake board? Grazing board? Whatever we are calling it… it was freaking DELICIOUS” she wrote. “So many flavour combinations created here.”

Kids can get in on the fun, as well. Instagrammer @homemadeforelle shared her daughter’s impressive contribution to family dinner.

“My 9yo makes dinner on Mondays and tonight she made a Pancake Board,” she posted. “Complete with brown sugar candied bacon. Love how much she loves cooking!”

Creating a loaded pancake board can be easier than you think. Perfect Pear Events offered useful tips along with their post, such as making the hotcakes ahead of time or freezing them. Not a fan of flipping?

“You can buy frozen pancakes at your local supermarket and just follow the instructions to reheat,” they suggested.

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Pancake boards are the new trend in brunch gatherings but making one can seem overwhelming when you’re pressed for time. Make it less overwhelming by making your pancakes ahead of time, freezing them, and reheating in the oven the day of your event. Hate making pancakes or concerned that your pancakes look a bit wonky? 🙋🏻‍♀️ You can buy frozen pancakes at your local supermarket and just follow the instructions to reheat. Jazz up your board with pretty condiments and your guests will never know the difference. Shortcuts like these can take the stress out of home entertaining and leave you feeling like a brunch pro. Picture by @treschicstaci #pancakeboard #pancakeboards #pancakes #brunch #brunchathome #brunchentertaining #homeevents #breakfast #breakfastofchampions #entertaininglikeapro #entertainingathome #brunchlikeaboss

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You could also celebrate a special occasion with your pancake board; some Instagrammers made versions that were appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Here’s one with heart-shaped pancakes, strawberries, breakfast meats and chocolate from Rachel Goodman at @blessedmidwestmom.

Or stick to a particular color theme and focus on the aesthetics without sacrificing taste! This gorgeous board from chef and food stylist Lauren Cooper at @laurenkandelc is wonderful for blueberry lovers.

What will you load your pancake board with?