National Pancake Day

February 28, 2016

Whether you eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I think we can all agree on the wonderfulness of pancakes!  They're delicious to have for any meal, and you're in luck because today is National Pancake Day!

So, why not make a short stack to be enjoyed with your family today.  I know we're all used to using boxed pancake mix, but if you're feeling ambitious to make pancake batter from scratch, here is a surefire and easy recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 1/4 cups of milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • fruit or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.  Then make a well in the center, and pour in the milk.

  2. Start with 1 1/4 cups of milk, adding up to another 1/4 cup if necessary, as you mix it with the dry ingredients mixture.

  3. Add the 2 eggs, vanilla (if you're using it), and oil.  Whisk until mixed, but still a bit lumpy.

  4. Heat a frying pan (if the pan in non-stick, you will need to melt a bit of butter or oil in it), when the pan is hot, pour in some pancake mix.

  5. How much pancake batter you want to use depends of how good you are at flipping pancakes and how big you want them.  Start with about a 1/4 of a cup of batter at a time for small pancakes, but you could use up to a 1/2 of a cup of batter for larger pancakes.

  6. If you're adding fruit or chocolate chips, sprinkle on top of the pancake.

  7. When the pancake starts to bubble on the top and is golden brown on the cooked side, turn it, and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.

  8. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.  You may need to adjust how much batter you use or the heat as the pan tends to get hotter as you keep making pancakes.

Why not after you're down making pancakes, you curl up with a book all about pancakes!  We recommend, Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes by Anna Kemp, Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle, Dragon's Pancake Party by Mara Conlon, and Pancakes for Supper by Anna Issacs. 

 

 

 

 

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