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’t 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.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.
- 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
- Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 5 minutes to let milk sour (so it replicate buttermilk)
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk the egg, butter, and vanilla into the ilk mixture.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Combine with the whisk until lumps are gone.
- 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