Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes: Kidz In The Kitchen

I sometimes think that my kids are hooked on carbohydrates.  And, honestly, they get it from me.

My favourite breakfast is probably a big stack of pancakes with fruit and whipped cream.  My eldest, easily, can eat six pancakes for breakfast.  They aren’t tiny, either.  I like to make fun shapes with the pancakes and then cute them up so the kids can drench them in syrup.  I know, I know… not the healthiest stuff but whatever.

Anyhow, the other morning we finished off the syrup.  And, as I flipped (my eldest usually flips until he has some that he can eat), I got an idea while staring at my empty syrup bottle…

Why not put the pancake batter into the bottle and squirt out some fun shapes?!  Too bad my kids can’t read cursive…

They did, however, understand this one:

My pancake recipe is delicious and so easy to prepare for camping or other overnight trips.  You just put the dry ingredients together and pack ’em along.  You add the wet stuff later.  I often use milk powder instead of milk, too.

Then, I can just add water when I’m at the camp site.
1 1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup milk (or 2 Tbsp skim milk powder and 1 1/4 cup milk)
1 egg
1 Tbsp oil
Mix together, but not too much, and then add onto the hot griddle (or frying pan).  Flip when bubbles are just popping and it is browned.
You could even make this batter into “Shaker” pancakes by putting it into the bottle beforehand and then just adding your wet ingredients and shaking!
Sometimes we add chocolate chips or blueberries.  Sometimes we add lemon juice and make it buttermilk.  Sometimes we mix in whole wheat flour and flax.  The kids adore measuring the ingredients, stirring, flipping and then (of course) dipping and dripping the pancake batter all over the kitchen.
What’s your favourite way to make pancakes special?

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