Monday, August 2, 2010

Peachy Pancakes

My kids have been asking for pancakes in fun shapes, you know cars, animals, their names, etc. I was not succeeding. I tried cookie cutters – well they got too hot, and I had to really spray them to get the pancake out, and it created a giant mess. Then I was watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” one night and this guy made a pancake portrait of Guy Fieri with a restaurant style squirt bottle (classic Guy!). I thought great idea, so I got myself a squirt bottle.

Saturday Breakfast Menu – Fun Pancakes served with Fresh Peaches and Yogurt
Farm Share Produce – Peaches

Peachy Pancakes
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens’ “Low-Fat & Luscious Vegetarian”

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 T sugar
1 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
1/8 t salt
1 slightly beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 t vegetable oil
1 t vanilla
3-4 peaches, roughly chopped
Favorite Flavor of Yogurt

In a medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, powder, soda, and salt. In another bowl combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture all at once and stir until slightly lumpy.

For traditional pancakes ladle ¼ cup of batter onto a hot nonstick griddle and wait for bubbles to form. Flip for additional minute of cooking.

For fun shapes funnel batter into squirt bottle and go for it.

Serve pancakes topped with peaches and yogurt.

For faces –
Start with the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. These cook first and are darker and provide the contrast. Then draw a circle and fill in.

I also tried cars, a crown, names, and hearts. Please tell me in the comments what fun ideas you come up with.

1 comment:

  1. Fun! I did a number "5" on B's birthday recently. It was a freehand-with-a-spoon kind of effort. Recognizable and appreciated, which was all I could ask for. I'll have to try this trick. Our other favorite is that Williams Sonoma (where grandma likes to shop...) has some fun pancake molds in different shapes. Over the years we've collected gingerbread people, leaves, dinosaurs, and bugs. They're pretty easy to use, at least easier than cookie cutters, which we've also used along with a pair of hubby's pliers b/c they do get hot as you said.