This recipe was inspired by Rachel Rays Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes which my guests love. Bobby Flay once put Mascarpone Cheese between waffle layers when he won Iron Chef Breakfast. That was my inspiration for the topping for the pancakes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir in grated carrot, raisins, and pecans. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
Heat griddle to 350 degrees. Use 1/3 cup measure to spoon batter onto griddle. Cook pancakes 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with dollop of mascarpone. Dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle on additional pecan pieces. Garnish with carrot curl. Serve immediately with maple syrup. Makes 24 large pancakes.
1 8-ounce container mascarpone cheese or one 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chilled whipping cream
Using electric mixer beat first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Add 1/2 cup cream; beat until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 cup cream; beat until thick and stiff. This keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.