sheer ‘BLiS’ with sweet potato pancakes

December 23rd, 2007 · 10 Comments


i know just what you’re thinking… you look at this and you wonder, where’s the bacon? and really, i’d have thought the very same thing. and i even had some speck in the freezer and bacon in the fridge – and well, i just didn’t. because this was dessert. and yes, i know what you’re thinking now too. but i forgot to make/buy some vanilla ice cream. apologies all around. hey. wow. i just this second thought about a chocolate with bacon ice cream served right alongside this dish. chocolate would be good here … and i’ve heard ‘ruhlman‘ talk about maple bacon ice cream – but i already had the maple thing covered. and i am saying C.o.v.e.r.e.d. enter: BLiS


BLiS Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup is aged in specially selected twelve to eighteen year old single barrel bourbon casks. The intense flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, charred oak and the seductive bourbon take maple syrup to new heights. Celebrated chefs around the world use this unique product, and of course it s one of Oprah s favorites.

ok. feel free to scratch that last line, but DAMN! what a friggin description! and i too have had ‘BLiS’ in a few high end restaurants over the past two years in little bits on various meats and desserts. but never have i had a bottle to call my own, to use unabashedly on whatever turned me on. the makers produce whatever they produce and then it gets sold and you wait for the new batch. twice i got caught in the availability grey area, and i am just telling you that this is one of those instances when to perservere is worth it – and using more ‘BLiS’ really is – more. and much more is aok too. and here is where i may disappoint you. my pancakes are not "homemade". i’ve talked about one of my guiltier pleasures before. bruce’s sweet potato pancake mix. this storebought, pre-packaged product is a big hit around here. cary loves it. it’s even close to rice pudding in his book although he prefers the stuff in its lesser (imho) waffle format. and now i ask you this, i mean does EVERYONE who writesthesegreatblogs i read – do you all EVER just grab a mix? cause i don’t. except this one. and you should too. i get ours at ‘the fresh market‘. just add water. love it. next time with chocolate bacon ice cream. or at the very least, ‘BLiS’ whipped with ricotta cheese and chocolate sauce drizzled on top.

pinky swear…

Tags: breakfast · dessert

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pee dubya // Dec 23, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Chocolate bacon ice cream – now your tawkin! Just need a cigar and cognac to finish ‘et off.

    I’ll have to give that mix a try. It sounds deelish. Several years ago I found sweet potato butter at the Farmer’s Market and was hooked. Then they never carried it again despite my wordy protestations.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours Claudia!


  • 2 Heidi // Dec 24, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Oh no, the BLiS is sold out.
    Must. get. a. bottle. somehow. -h

  • 3 Amy // Dec 24, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Never! Never with the mix! But BLis? Oooooohhh. Like most Southern girls, I have a special relationship with bourbon.

  • 4 Mary Coleman // Dec 24, 2007 at 11:49 am

    That is the best pancake mix ever. The only one allowed in our house! I need to get a bottle of BLiS ASAP!!

  • 5 ElZorro // Dec 24, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Don’t mean to be a Larry-Craig perv, BUT the arrangement of sweet tatters in the first picture looks like…

  • 6 claudia // Dec 24, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    pw – i might join you on the cognac but i’m not man enough for the cigar…

    heidi – i could be persuaded to part with a bottle…

    amy – i am TELLING you, girl. the mix is where it’s at. just this mix. you will email me and say “claudia, you were so very right… how can i ever thank you”

    mary – i knew you’d know…

    Z – i count on you to be the perv. so thank you!

  • 7 yveala // Dec 26, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    just googled BLiS to read more about it and a wieght loss website popped up…so i thought for about an eigth of a second ..not sure if that was a sign to resist…then continued to search and learned that the BLiS website is under construction and will be offering BLiS online soon…can’t wait.
    and about the mix, wish i knew before chanuka…and for those unexpected guests or when i’m in a hurry – i need some.

  • 8 Carrington // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Claudia — We must revisit rice pudding soon. If I have ever disparaged it–and I have (texture issues)–I recant the mean things I said. I made some RP over the holidays with leftover basmati and a secret ingredient that redeemed the species.

  • 9 teeth bleaching // Jan 2, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I love sweet potato pancakes! My kids do too, and lets not tell them they are anything more than pancakes.

  • 10 Justin // Jan 8, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I know it’s a madhouse/tourist trap/ waste of precious time…but the pancake pantry in hillsboro village provides the best sweet potato pancake experience of my life thus far, though I’ll admit to never trying Bruce’s mix. With that ginger cream syrup, the impending joy of digestion is (almost) worth waiting for a half hour to be ignored by my waitress and rushed out the door. Try it.

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