Recipe – Easter Pancakes


Recipes / Monday, April 11th, 2016

Not just any pancakes, festive Easter themed pancakes. Note: I’m no pancake artist. I’m a beginner cook as I am still basically beginning my life… I am not ashamed to admit it. Especially not when I am clearly making the effort to better my skills. And who better a teacher than my Grandma?

I hate pancakes, the only pancakes I ever liked were my Grandma’s. She unfortunately passed away several years ago, I miss and wish I could talk to her about all the things that have happened in my life, instead I will stay happy for what she has left me to enjoy. One of these things is a recipe book full of her favourite recipes. Her pancake recipes are included.

I like to involve Gregory in as much as what I’m doing throughout the day when he is interested. The kitchen is always fun because he gets to play, eat, help mommy cook and watch her dance around to music while making a fool of herself. Not only does this satisfy his need to be entertained while I am clearly trying to get something done, but it teaches him about his world by exploration.

Wooden spoons, whisks, spatulas, pots&pan lids, and plastic containers are just some of the many things in your kitchen your child will enjoy discovering. It may get loud, and it has the potential to get very messy, but this is a wonderful bonding experience that teaches your child about healthy eating and kitchen safety.

I have a small kitchen and prefer to have Gregory set up in the highchair while we cook. This way he doesn’t get under my feet or into cupboards. He will get into them when I open and close them repeatedly grabbing and putting ingredients away. I also like to put bits of food and things he can discover onto his highchair tray. This is where it can get messy. I don’t usually mind, it’s all apart of growing up. The sooner the discovery, the sooner the novelty can wear off. That’s the hope anyways. 


This morning Gregory got to play with flour, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and then the actual pancake when it came to eating the meal. His smiles and coos of joy are totally worth the extra time and effort it requires to have him in the kitchen. What may have taken ME merely 20 minutes to make pancakes took US an hour. We were snacking on the fruit and occupied with playing and dancing. It felt like no time at all. I saw this post by Jamielyn at iHeartNapTime.net and thought ‘I could do that’. So, here are my bunny pancake making skills.

 

They look not too bad and most importantly they tasted not too bad. Not nearly as good as I remember my Grandma’s tasting, but I may never be able to recreate her ‘cakes. Then again, I’m just learning. One day I may be able to measure up to her, in the mean time, I thought I’d leave you the recipe for her Easy Pancakes. Thankfully my Grandma left extra notes to help cook the perfect pancake.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups  Flour
1 tbsp        Sugar
1 tbsp        Baking Powder
1/2 tsp       Salt
2 lrg           Eggs, beaten lightly
2 tbsp        Cooking Oil
1/2 cup      Half and Half Cream
1 cup         Buttermilk

Directions
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Beat egg slightly in a small bowl. Mix in oil and milk. Add this wet mixture to dry ingredients. Stir.
Drop batter by spoonful onto lightly greased hot pan (380 F) or frying pan. Brown on either side and flip.

Extra Notes
A few small lumps in the batter are preferable.
Add more or less milk to have a thicker or thinner pancake.
The pan is ready for pancake batter when drops of water bounce all over it.
Pancakes are ready to flip when bubbles appear and edges begin to dry.
Best served with butter, maple syrup, jam and whatever else you enjoy.

Serves 12 decent sized portions. Although you may care to differ, I would appreciate hearing how many you manage to get out of this batch, and link up your pancake photos! These were pretty rad, thanks for giving us a fun breakfast Grandma!