As pancake toppings go, maple syrup is swell and certainly traditional, if not particularly inspired.
But if you’re going to go to the trouble of griddling up a stack of hot pancakes for Mom on Mother’s Day — or for anyone on any day, for that matter — consider going the extra step and whipping up a more creatively delicious topping.
We asked chefs, cookbook authors and food bloggers around the nation to come up with easy suggestions for topping a stack of hotcakes. The only rule — no maple syrup allowed.
Here are some of the best: