March 26, 2014

Extreme Pancakes

Extreme pancakes are so much fun to make.  I originally posted this on one of my old blogs Make Time for Family.  It is such a fun activity I am re-posting it to share with you.

Enjoy!
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It seems whenever we have a break from school it is time to get together with family or friends for a slumber party.  After a night of movies, games and not much sleeping, I usually make a big breakfast the next morning.

This week, we tried something that was inspired by the book Extreme Pancakes by Michael Goudeau.

It was so much fun!

I freely admit that I am not an artist and my drawing skills are about 1st grade level, but I still like to be creative so this is the perfect combination.




The kids had a great time thinking of pictures to draw on the griddle.  They also loved eating their creations.  This is definitely going to be one of our new traditions!


How to Make Extreme Pancakes

Make the pancake batter.  I just used a "complete pancake mix" from Target and followed the directions on the box.

Make sure to whisk the batter.  There cannot be any lumps or they will get stuck in the container.

Pour the batter into a squirt container (similar to a mustard or ketchup container).  These empty plastic squirt bottles can be found at most kitchen supply stores.

Use the squirt bottle to draw a design on the hot griddle.  (To test the temperature of the griddle see if water droplets quickly evaporate.)

Let the outline drawing cook for 3-4 minutes.

Fill the inside of the design with pancake batter and let it cook for about a minute before flipping it over to the other side.

We thought it was fun to make personalized pancakes by writing everyone's names.  Remember to draw the letters backwards on the grill so they will be facing the correct way when you flip them over.

The eggs, bacon and toast pancakes were a big hit from the book.  Next time we will let the bacon pancakes cook a bit longer to get a darker color.

Experiment with different cooking times and designs.  

Following are just a few of our creations.