Posts Tagged: pancakes

Pancake Pops

My youngest son has a birthday coming up, and he wants to make pancakes for his birthday breakfast.  That is one of the special things we do together, so I was very happy he asked for that.  I wanted to make these birthday pancakes extra fun for him, and I think these pancake pops will certainly do the trick!  I usually cut his pancakes into strips so he can dip them in syrup, but this will be so much more fun!  This recipe comes from number-2-pencil and it is really easy to accomplish.  The pancakes need to be hardy enough to stay on the stick, so I would advise following the recipe below.  But, don’t worry, it is an amazingly delicious recipe!

Pancake Pops
by Melissa at No. 2 Pencil
Makes about 20 bite size pancakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1-2 tablespoons of milk, depending on the thickness of the yogurt you use
2 tablespoons of melted and cooled butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add Greek yogurt, butter, and lightly beaten egg to the same bowl. Add enough milk to make batter stir-able, 1-2 tablespoons depending on the thickness of the yogurt.

Making the “pops”

  1. Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of pancake batter.
  2. Drop the pancake batter onto the hot griddle. Give the pancake about a minute to set up on the griddle side so the lollipop stick won’t go all the way through, then place the lollipop stick in the batter just shy of the top of the pancake. Press stick down and use your spoon to smooth out the valley in the batter, that way you will have pancakes that look perfect on both sides!
  3. Space the rest of the pancake pops out, so you have room to add the sticks.
  4. They cook really quickly since they are so small. About 4-5 minutes on the first side, and around 3 minutes on the second side. Once the edges start to dry out, they are ready to turn.
  5. To flip the pancake pops use a small spatula to lift them up a bit, then you can use the lollipop stick to give them a quick turn. The lollipop stick was warm, but it wasn’t too hot to handle. Just be careful not to touch the griddle!
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Make A Better Brunch

The morning of my wedding my brother took me to his favorite local brunch spot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, The Clinton Street Baking Company.  It was the perfect way to start the day.  Now, 11 years later, if they are open, there is a line out the door and down the street.  They have been featured on the Food Network, they have been labeled “best of” in several categories by New York food writers and travel magazines, and have been featured with Martha Stewart on her show.   I was so thrilled when they published a cookbook of some of their best recipes!  My wife makes their muffins all of the time, and my sister-in-law makes their pancakes anytime there is a special breakfast celebration.  The recipes are great, and each is accompanied by a beautiful photograph of the finished product.  I highly recommend this cookbook!  You can purchase it on Amazon HERE.

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One batch of pancakes from this cookbook.

One batch of pancakes from this cookbook.

Ad Some Color To Your Breakfast

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So, why is it that breakfast is always so rushed, and we don’t give breakfast the same attention to detail that we do dinner?  Well, most of us just grab a little something on the way out the door in a frenzy to get to work or school on time.  I am a morning person, and on the weekends I like to wake up early with my kids to make pancakes or waffles.  My kids love helping me cook in the morning. It is one of our special times together while we let my wife sleep late on weekend mornings.  It also I’ve been trying to find ways to make our weekend breakfast creations more fun.  Then, I saw this recipe for rainbow waffles on Yahoo! Shine, and I knew they would be a hit!  You can follow the instructions on Yahoo!, but if you are concerned about your kids eating all of that food coloring, you can try these recipes for organic food coloring.

Ad some fresh whipped cream “clouds” to finish off your rainbow!

If these look too complicated for you, you can always make rainbow pancakes!  These are super easy.  You just make your batter like usual, and separate it into bowls.  Then just ad a different food coloring into each bowl and make pancakes like usual!

Don’t they look nice all stacked up like that?

If you want to run with the rainbow theme, ad some of these rainbow fruit skewers fro littletwoesies to the breakfast table!

A Fun and Healthy addition to breakfast

Don’t have time to skewer all of that fruit?  Just lay them out in ROYGBIV format on a nice platter.

Rainbow Fruit Platter from Globalista

Not only is it fun to cook with your kids, although you do have to spend more time on cleanup, but it is also very beneficial to include them in the food preparation process.  I recently read an interesting article on Webmd about the importance of cooking with kids.  You can read the article HERE, but here are a few quick bullet points for you:

Some of the short-term benefits:

  • It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
  • Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
  • Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
  • Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
  • Kids aren’t spending time in front of the TV or computer while they’re cooking.
  • Kids generally aren’t eating junk food when they’re cooking a meal at home.

Some long-term benefits:

  • Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
  • Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.