Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sprinkle Pancakes Recipe

My kids absolutely LOVE sprinkle pancakes! I used to use Bisquick pancake mix or any other that was on sale, really. I always buy in bulk so I had A LOT of it! . One day, I went to get it out of the pantry and there wasn't enough for a batch. I forgot to pick it up at the store over and over again until finally, the kids had begged for pancakes for so long that I thought, "Hey, I have flour, sugar, and baking soda! I bet I can make pancakes from scratch!" Yes, I once was a "pre-made everything" cooker. Everything came from a box with lots and lots of preservatives! I am still learning how to incorporate made-from-scratch foods and learning just how much you can make from scratch! Once you get the basic stuff (flour, sugar, etc.) on stock, its easy to throw anything together!

The pancakes this recipe turns out are so fluffy and light! The recipe became very easy for me to remember, and its also easy to cut in half:

3 cups of all purpose flour
2 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp and 1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup and 2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional) 

For us this recipe makes about 24 medium sized pancakes. We often add chocolate chips, sprinkles, strawberries, blueberries, etc to them.

We are all different here, so I sometimes will do half the batch plain, then throw in the chocolate chips for the other half. My kids do not care for syrup, so we use whipped cream on top instead and its YUMMY! Here is a standard recipe for homemade whipped cream:

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whip cream with mixer by itself for about 2-3 minutes. When it begins to thicken, add sugar and vanilla; stir. Refrigerate. Be careful not to over beat the cream or else will get too thick. You can add a little strawberry jam or cocoa powder to make strawberry or chocolate whipped cream.

I know it sounds like a lot, but honestly, after the first 2-3 times you make this, you will have the ingredients memorized and it will take no more time than warming a frozen breakfast burrito in the microwave!


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