Sweet Potato Pancakes with Orange Syrup

We love Maple-Orange Mashed Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving–or any time! This year I created Sweet Potato Pancakes with the leftover sweet potatoes and topped it with Orange Syrup. Extraordinary! You can have these with regular maple syrup, but the orange syrup makes them fabulous. 

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Orange Syrup

Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast
makes 14 3-inch pancakes

mashed sweet potatoes
4 T. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 T. heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 lbs. sweet potatoes (about 2 large or 3 medium-small potatoes), peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
pinch ground black pepper
2 T. maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 c. plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt or sour cream
2 T. butter, melted

Orange Syrup (recipe below)

Mashed sweet potatoes:  Combine butter, cream, salt, sugar, and sweet potatoes in 3 to 4 quart saucepan; cook, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until potatoes fall apart when poked with fork, 35 to 45 minutes. I like them really soft so they mash well.

Off heat, mash sweet potatoes in saucepan with potato masher if you want them a little chunkier. For more pureed potatoes, use a stick blender or food processor. Stir in pepper, maple syrup, and orange zest. Save extra for another use.

Pancakes: Place a nonstick griddle or 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat (350F); when hot, coat lightly with butter; wipe excess butter off with a paper towel.  Adjust heat to maintain temperature.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In another large bowl, whisk the egg, then whisk in mashed sweet potatoes, yogurt (or sour cream) and butter until well blended.  Whisk in milk. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until evenly moistened.

Spoon batter (use a #24 scoop) onto griddle and gently spread into 3-inch rounds.  Cook until pancakes are browned on the bottom and edges begin to look dry, 2-3 minutes; turn with a wide spatula and brown other side, 2-3 minutes longer.  As pancakes are cooked, transfer to baking sheets and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.  Serve warm with Orange Syrup.

Orange Syrup

Bottger Mansion Bed & Breakfast
makes about 2 cups

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir until sugar has dissolved. Combine juice and cornstarch in a bowl; pour into sugar syrup. Simmer gently until thick, 6 to 8 minutes. Add butter and orange zest; stir until it melts. Serve warm.