Pancakes!

Kiddo loves making pancakes. One of her favorite make-believe games is to serve up pancakes (usually a coaster) to anyone around. When we make them together she particularly enjoys using the whisk.

We’ve made pancakes together several times, but I don’t have many pictures. That’s odd, because Google Photos says that I have 3,345 pictures of Kiddo. And that doesn’t include the ones where you can see her face. I might be obsessed. But I digress. I don’t have as many pancake photos as I thought, so my pictures are from when we made banana pancakes. We were on vacation, and had limited ingredients, so we made the pancakes from a mix. I really think pancakes from scratch taste a million times better, without too much effort… so I will include my usual recipe.

I love how messy Kiddo got. How? LOL. She reminds me of that old commercial for making Rice Krispy treats. The one where the mom pretends it is super taxing to make them, and sits back in the kitchen relaxing, only to throw flour on her face and bring out the pan of treats to her appreciative family. So, after writing that, I had to go find the video. I got a few of the details wrong, but it literally aired 30 years ago.

Back to the pancakes… this is my favorite recipe. If you haven’t yet figured it out, I love AllRecipes.com. I love that users review and offer tips. So you will see that I have another standard recipe that I found on that site. The pancakes are delicious on their own, or with the addition of fruit. I like to add bananas or blueberries. Kiddo likes to eat all of the blueberries before I can get them into the batter.

I let her measure and add the ingredients, and mash the bananas because it’s fun. I like to use dry measuring cups with Kiddo so that she just has to fill to the top of the cup. When she is a little older we will work on accuracy and pouring to the line on a clear measuring cup. If you are using a liquid measure, you might want to do the pouring yourself, and let your kiddo tell you when you get to the line.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk (I use unsweetened, plain almond milk)
  • 2 TBS white vinegar
  • 1 cup AP flour (works with white wheat as well)
  • 2 TBS white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS butter (I use Earth Balance), melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla *
  • cooking spray
  • variations: add (mashed) banana, blueberries or other fruit

Directions

  1. Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 5 minutes to let milk sour (so it replicate buttermilk)
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk the egg, butter, and vanilla into the ilk mixture.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Combine with the whisk until lumps are gone.
  4. COOK! Heat a pan or griddle to medium and coat with cooking spray. Use 1/4 of batter for each pancake. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear.

* this is my only tweak, but I think it makes a huge difference

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