What you’ll need:
Small bowl of flour
Little Smokies sausages
Skewers or sucker sticks (not plastic)
So many cake pops, pie pops, and similar desserts, are made for night time parties, but not all celebrations take place in the evening. Take, for instance, a garden brunch, or a breakfast for the bridesmaids of a bride-to-be. What are you planning? A breakfast? An early lunch? Well, you can still serve cake pops but they’ll just be a different type of cake pops. Pig-in-a-pancake pops are pancakes, sausage, and deliciousness.
Pig-in-a-blanket treats are hot dogs rolled up in crescent rolls but pig-in-a-pancake treats are sausages and pancakes. When you put a pancake and a sausage on a stick you create pops that aren’t for dessert but are superb at your early meal with guests. Sure, anyone can make tiny pancakes, slide them onto sucker sticks, and top them with tiny sausages, but that isn’t the design of the pig-in-a-pancake pops. They’re much more intriguing than that!
Start out by putting Little Smokies sausages on sucker sticks or wooden skewer halves. Little Smokies are short, small-diameter, smoked sausages and are sold nationwide. Fill a pie pan with ordinary flour. Mix up your pancake batter; it can be regular, buttermilk, or even blueberry. Put it in a bowl that is deep enough to dunk each of the smoked sausages.
Roll the Little Smokie in the flour so that it will hold the pancake batter to it. Without this step the batter simply slides off. Dunk the flour-covered sausage in the pancake batter and lay it on a baking sheet that is covered with parchment. Leave spaces between the pig-in-a-pancake pops so that the batter doesn’t run together.
Bake the pops in the oven at 350 degrees until they are brown, about 12 minutes. Take them out and serve them on individual plates, each plate with a dipping cup of syrup. The syrup can be anything from maple to strawberry.
Don’t want to serve pops? There’s nothing that says you have to. Use the skewers to dip and coat the pigs-in-pancakes, bake them, and then remove the sticks. Or, roll the smoked sausage links in the flour, place each one on a spoon, and dip the spoon in the pancake mix. Scoop up the spoonful and deposit it – and the sausage – on a griddle or a baking sheet. Cook accordingly.
Pops or not, pig-in-a-pancake treats are so delicious for breakfast or brunch. They’re fancy enough for a party but simple enough to make for the family. Yummy, cute, hot, filling – you can’t ask more than that from a pig!