I’m not quite sure when it started, but we make some pretty wild pancakes in this house. If you’re interested in trying it yourself, here are a few tips:
- Be sure the kids aren’t starving for breakfast. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a masterpiece when they walk in with empty plates in their hands and sad looks on their faces. (I would presume of course…)
- Food coloring can work to add color to the batter, but the family seems to prefer color & flavor. The best additions we’ve found so far have been cocoa powder and (believe it or not) JELL-O?! Just mix some of the powder in with the batter and you’re good to go. A little goes a long way. We’ve been working on the same packet of Jell-O for a month or two- just be sure to clip the top closed, or you could end up with a multicolored catastrophe in your cabinet.
- Zip-top baggies work great for controlling the flow of the batter onto the griddle. Just seal the batter in the bag & clip the corner. My mother used to do this for frosting, and it seems to work fairly well as long as the hole in the bag isn’t too large.
- I’m going to invest in a few ketchup bottles from the dollar store. (Did I actually say I was going to invest in ketchup bottles? Seriously- if making wild pancakes wasn’t proof enough that I need to get out of the house more, I think I just crossed that line.) I’ve seen Jim the pancake god use squeeze bottles to make his amazing 3-d pancakes and I want to be as cool as he is someday.
- Toss in an M&M or two for accent- they can be shmushed in after their cooked to avoid the candy coating from exploding. Same goes with chocolate chips. Oh- and marshmallows do not work. Trust me.
- Take requests from the kids. Even when they come out looking goofy, you’ll all get a laugh.
- Don’t be afraid to mess up. Remember- once you bite into them- they’ll all look the same anyway!
What are you waiting for? Go bust out the griddle already!