Pancakes to give kids exactly what they want in a breakfast dish. They can be plain and simple--the way many young ones like their food--or they can be packed full of surprises. And for pure creature comfort, you just can't beat a stack of warm, buttery, sweet and sticky pancakes. So tie on your aprons and let's make the kids some pancakes! Or better yet, put the little darlings to work. Depending on their age, they can take on some of the measuring and mixing. The older ones might even take a turn with the spatula.
Play with Your Food
Who says pancakes have to be big and round? Here are some quick ideas for turning pancakes into stacks of fun.
- Make funny faces right in the pancakes. Pour batter on the griddle and make blueberry eyes and sliced banana smiles. Once the pancakes are cooked, make freckled, rosy cheeks with dabs of raspberry jam.
- Fill a turkey baster with batter and squeeze it out into fun shapes such as letters, numbers, names, hearts, etc.
- Pour batter into nonstick pancake molds or large metal cookie cutters placed right on the hot pan. For best results, allow the mold or cookie cutter to heat up, then coat it with a little cooking spray before pouring in the batter. Be careful not to burn your fingers when you lift off the molds before flipping the pancakes.
- Cover a finished pancake with a paper lace doily and sift powdered sugar over the top. Carefully remove the doily and enjoy the pattern left behind. You can also do this with solid shapes such as hearts or stars.
- Downsize your cakes: miniature pancakes are fun for kids to eat and save you the trouble of cutting up big pancakes for the youngest ones. They will cook faster than large pancakes, so keep an eye on them.
- Set up a simple do-it-yourself pancake condiment bar with bowls of cooked and fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, toasted coconut, jams, powdered sugar, syrups, whipped cream, ice cream, and anything else you can think of that would be fun to eat with a pancake.
Make sure your pancakes don't fall flat.