Try Boston cream pie pancakes, with homemade pastry cream, chocolate ganache, and fluffy pancakes for a decadent breakfast.

Stack of pancakes, with pastry cream and ganache, on square green plate. Text overlay reads "Boston cream pie pancakes."

Megan from Country Cleaver is a relatively new friend of mine in the food blogging world. But let me tell you–I am so happy we “met” each other on Twitter. Megan is awesome, her site is awesome and I think we can all agree these pancakes are awesome.

And that I should stop saying “awesome.”

 Did I mention that Megan used to be a lumberjack? Yes, a lumberjack. Awesome.

Good morning, shining faces! I’m Megan and I can’t wait to share this delicious pancake recipe with you. 

I like opposite days. Days where you throw caution to the wind, turning left on that road you haven’t traveled before, eat dessert first when all rationale dictates you eat your vegetables instead and when “no” really means “yes”.

As in – yes, you should really eat a heaping stack of these pancakes. Especially because they’re practically dessert. And it’s even better when you can eat your dessert for breakfast.

And what better way to have your dessert for breakfast than by making Boston Cream Pie Pancakes. What. Up?

I can’t help but imagine a world where cakes and pancakes – two utterly divine creations in themselves – are combined to create a confection of epic proportions. We are naturally drawn to the mystical and healing properties of chocolate, and an ethereal fluffy pastry cream that is delicious enough to bathe in.

Why not combine the beauty of a Boston Cream Pie with classical breakfast fare?

Why not, indeed?! I command you to make these. You won’t be disappointed!

It was great visiting with you today – stop by and say Hi soon!

Pancakes on plate with cream and ganache, with plain pancakes in background and pitcher of ganache.

Prepare the pastry cream the night before and chill it. Before preparing the pancakes, make the chocolate ganache.

Closeup front view of pancakes with wedge removed.

To assemble, stack pancakes and layer with prepared pastry cream between each pancake. Pour chocolate ganache over the top and promptly devour. So delicious!

Stack of pancakes, with wedge removed, on square silver plate.

Boston Cream Pie Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Try Boston cream pie pancakes, with homemade pastry cream, chocolate ganache, and fluffy pancakes for a decadent breakfast.

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 3 whole egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Chocolate Ganache

  • 8 oz. chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Pancakes

  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup dry pancake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

Pastry Cream

  1. Make up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate until 1 hour prior to use.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla bean to a boil over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and whisk vigorously until no lumps remain. Temper the eggs by whisking in 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture until incorporated. Whisk in the remaining hot milk slowly.
  3. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slowly boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Let cool slightly. Cover with plastic wrap, and press the plastic wrap on top of the pastry cream to make sure it doesn’t form a skin. Chill at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

Ganache

  1. In small saucepan, heat heavy cream. Stir in chocolate and whisk until melted and the two are completely combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pancakes

  1. In large bowl, whisk together pancake mix and cake mix. Stir in milk, eggs and vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Heat a large griddle or large pan over medium high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into pan or griddle and allow to cook until golden brown on the bottom, 2-3 minutes. Gingerly flip pancake over and continue to cook until the other side has turned golden brown – about 1 ½ minutes. Remove from griddle/pan and allow to cool.
  3. To assemble: Stack pancakes and layer with prepared pastry cream between each pancake. Pour chocolate ganache over the top and promptly devour.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1095Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 398mgSodium: 884mgCarbohydrates: 115gFiber: 3gSugar: 69gProtein: 25g

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