Recipe Box, Pancake Pillows

Have you ever heard of Japanese pancakes?

They are also known as pancake souffles

WOW, right??

This beautiful breakfast was presented to me last weekend!

2 thick, fluffy pancake pillows,

stacked and topped with crispy bacon,

a sprinkle of powdered sugar,

and a generous drizzle of maple syrup

I can’t take a minute of credit for this remarkable dish,

it was courtesy of my son, HHjr, who LOVES to cook

A cold and rainy Saturday meant no pancakes on the outdoor griddle…

so he created these stove top

And they were AMAZING!

This recipe is from the Food Network here

You will need ring molds like these

Pancake Pillows

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 4


  • four 3-inch-wide-by-2 1/2-inch-high ring molds


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk plus 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Maple syrup for serving


  • Whisk together the flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg yolk in a medium bowl until combined.
  • Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in another large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined (it’s OK if there are a few lumps).
  • Stir one-third of the beaten egg whites into the flour-milk mixture. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites until just combined (take care not to overmix).
  • Lightly spray the inside of four 3-inch-wide-by-2 1/2-inch-high ring molds with nonstick cooking spray
  • Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat. Put the prepared ring molds in the middle of the skillet and fill each with 1/2 cup of batter (it should fill each ring mold about halfway).
  • Cover the skillet with the lid and cook until the batter rises to the tops of the ring molds and is golden on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  • Release the bottom of the pancakes with a spatula. Grasp the sides of the ring molds with tongs to stabilize them and then carefully flip. Cover and cook until golden on the other side, about 5 minutes more.
  • Transfer to a plate and remove the mold. Keep warm while you prepare the rest of the pancakes.
  • Lightly spray the ring molds and coat the skillet with nonstick cooking spray and repeat the cooking method with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with butter and maple syrup. The pancakes should be eaten before they deflate.
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The Pancake Pillows aren’t hard but they do take a little time

Here are some of my favorite pancake recipes that are quick and easy…

With Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and Easter coming up,

you might want to keep all of these different pancakes

in mind for a special holiday breakfast

👑 ❤️ 🐰

Sausage Stuffed Pancakes

Browned sausage crumbles are added to the batter before cooking

Pancake Lasagna

This goes together quickly using frozen mini pancakes

Coconut Pancakes

These are wonderful for Spring and Easter

Red White & Blueberry Pancake Stacks

These mini stacks are such fun to make, serve and eat!

Oh, and National Pancake Day is coming up on February 16!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Friday with Friends

36 Responses to “Recipe Box, Pancake Pillows”
  1. Jenna, what a stunning presentation! The pancake pillows look heavenly with bacon on top. HHjr is truly a chef and you are a blessed mother. Thanks for sharing the recipe, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  2. Martha says:

    Wow, your son’s Japanese style soufflé pancakes look like brunch at some high end fancy smanchy restaurant! They look so delicious!

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this dish looks both beautiful and delicious! Your son is a talented chef! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My family loves pancakes! Happy Thursday!

  4. So lovely! And the presentation is lovely too!

  5. As I’m reading this, hubby is making breakfast (his Covid job) and it smells delicious, and I’m sure the sausage stuffed pancakes will be one of his favorite ideas. I’ll pass it along…such fun photos, too! Thanks, Sandi

  6. Wow! You have a fabulous son! These are just beautiful — I’d never heard of them before and they look delicious and I love how they are served with the bacon and powdered sugar. Theu are so cute, being served by your little “butler!”

  7. Cyndi Raines says:

    How impressive! Your son is a real chef and his presentation is superb! So glad he spoils you, hehe, very deserving I’m sure. Now I am really hungry! 😋

  8. Very cool! And yes, this is the first I’ve ever heard of this type of pancake:@)

  9. I’ve never seen these, but Shrove Tuesday is coming up and pancakes are always for dinner. You make me a brave cook!

  10. Such a great idea. Stacked pancake pillows. Beautiful presentation. How special to have HHjr cook for you. Happy weekend.

  11. lghiggins says:

    These are beautiful! I love reading your blog; there is usually something fun to learn.

  12. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’m not familiar with these little pancake souffles! So beautiful and no doubt delicious! You won the son lottery with HH Jr 🙂 ♥

  13. Liz says:

    Wow these sound and look so delicious!

  14. These look amazing! We tried making these a few weeks ago but didn’t use a ring mold. That seems to be the trick!

  15. Kitty says:

    Oh my goodness, Jenna, I must try these!! Aren’t you lucky to have a son that loves to cook? The Japanese pancakes look swoon-worthy! ❤️

  16. Julie says:

    It’s so nice that your son is such a good cook. These pancakes look amazing and thanks for sharing the recipe to make them. Hope you have a nice week Jenna.

  17. I love the name ‘Pancake Pillows’ Such a clever idea too. They sound delicious.

  18. Rebecca - Glutarama says:

    Those look EPIC, never heard of them but I want to try them now for sure! #SundaysonSilverado

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