When I was a kid, one of the first things my dad and I cooked together was pancakes. They weren’t special pancakes in any way and came from a box, but it was fun for me and my dad to do it together. I was pretty young, but he let me help out from the very beginning. Pancakes are one of those breakfast staples that are easy to make and can be great fun for kids.
When it comes to pancakes, you can make your own batter or use one of the many powdered mixes that are out there. When it comes to cooking with the kids, I always let them get out the ingredients and I actually mix them together. If your kids are older and more responsible, then they can mix as well. I do let them stir to create the batter. You can use a skillet or a griddle, but I’ve always enjoyed the griddle method, especially if you are cooking for several family members. Younger kids like to watch the pancakes bubble up, but I always handle the flipping. The kids do enjoy slathering on the butter and syrup though.
Pancakes don’t just have to be about the batter. You can add chocolate chips or some sliced blueberries or strawberries to the batter for some fruity goodness. The additions don’t have to be in the batter, either. Pancakes topped with some sliced bananas and whipped cream are heavenly. It’s easy to make pancakes more of a dessert-like breakfast food, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Some crunchy granola can add flavor and texture without giving up the sweetness that comes with the syrup. I always let the kids add the fruit and such because they love touching the gooey fruit…it’s a kid thing.
If you have the opportunity to make pancakes on a large griddle, then you can create different shapes and cartoon characters. One of the most famous is Mickey Mouse, created by pouring a large circle in the center and two smaller ones where the ears would be. It makes it a little more difficult to flip, so you have to be careful. If you don’t have that kind of confidence, then you can wait until the pancakes are done and then actually cut them to the shapes you want.
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