Fun with Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner? Absolutely, especially when it’s Shrove Tuesday. Have pancakes—and have fun with pancakes. Make them sweet or savoury, uber healthy or extra decadent. Make pancake sandwiches by spreading your pancakes with fillings and topping them with another pancake. Peanut butter and banana? Cream cheese and strawberries?

There are so many yummy, family-pleasing combinations!

Start with this basic recipe and you can chart your own course from there:

3/4 cup buttermilk
  •  1 cup unbleached flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted



.    Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into buttermilk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

Heat a large pan over medium heat, and coat with a bit of butter. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned.

You can easily double this recipe. To keep pancakes warm, heat the oven to 200 °F and place cooked pancakes in a pie plate on the middle rack.


Blueberry: Stir in 1 cup of fresh or thawed frozen blueberries with the wet ingredients.

Orangesicle:  Replace buttermilk with yogurt. Add ½ cup of orange juice.

Carrot: Add 1 cup grated carrots, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon. Replace sugar with honey.

To get some extra pancake fun going on, head over for a visit at Lisa Thornbury’s blog, Forever in Mom Genes, for pancake music and more goodies. : )


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