Since I slacked off yesterday, I woke up this morning feeling inspired. Actually, I woke up with a sneaky child asleep next to me hogging the pillow. Usually when she asks for breakfast we pour a bowl of cereal or fling a waffle into the toaster, but there was extra time this morning so we opted for pancakes. Yay! It’s been seriously two decades since I’ve made real pancakes, and I got to learn how with MY mother. No, I don’t start from complete scratch, but Bisquick is still totally fun to make together.
Ryley’s been cracking eggs for a few years now, and she’s actually quite good at it! She loves to “cook” so I let her do all the safe stuff – cracking eggs, pouring ingredients, mixing, etc. She complained very loudly when I wouldn’t let her do the flipping, but unfortunately I still think she’s just a bit too young to be handling food over a hot stove/pan. Call me crazy. We have many many years and opportunities to come for her to practice her cooking skills, and I don’t know any other 5 year olds who have a huge need for mastery of flapjack flipping either.
Mixing the pancakes and pouring them into the pan brought me all the way back to childhood and helping my mom cook meals, and I could literally picture us in our kitchen in La Mirada with homemade aprons and old food splattered cookbooks. Great memories. I don’t have a large griddle (only some griddle plates for our George Foreman Grilleration G5, but that seemed like it would take forever having to do like ONE pancake at a time), so I used the nonstick 10″ Skillet from one of the Pampered Chef collections and rubbed a little butter in it first. I love my cookware because it’s restaurant quality and so easy to clean!I definitely want the Double Burner Griddle someday, and then I’ll be able to do the pancakes, eggs AND bacon all at once, haha! You can see my Classic Batter bowl here in the picture ( I have both sizes, Classic is 2 qts $15.50), and I seriously use it for everything! It’s dishwasher, freezer, microwave and oven safe, and the measure marks are actually ridges on the glass so they won’t scratch off over time. It’s one of my go-to pieces for everything from salsa to quick defrosting to – yes, you guessed it – pancake batter! I started with normal pancakes for a warm up, but started feeling creative and remembered that one of my grade school best friends’ older sister taught us how to make dollar pancakes once. They were so cute, and she even “flipped” the drips that would land in the pan so I thought Ryley would get a kick out of Barbie pancakes too. Then I made a very poor attempt at the Mickey Mouse ear pancakes. They looked a little more like Salvador Dali’s rendition of Mickey Mouse, but Ryley enjoyed them anyway. Jeremiah had his first experience with syrup-less pancakes. Yes I KNOW it’s probably sacriligious to put butter on pancakes and not use syrup, but we don’t keep any in the house. I’ve always had a problem with pouring liquid sugar directly onto your food. SORRY! I did hear something about me serving him “sponges with butter on them” but he’ll get used to it, haha! All in all, it was a fun morning together before school, and perhaps next time I won’t be so rusty with my flapjackery. Enjoy your day everyone!