easter basket

Nutella, cheddar cheese, strawberry jam for coloring

Tips: Pour pancake batter in an overlapping pattern to create basket weave effect (you can use a squirt bottle or drip loosely from bowl). Use a drinking straw as a stamp to create dots from a slice of cheese.

cupcake

Nutella bottom, Strawberry yogurt for frosting, miniature pancakes as sprinkles, and pretzel M&M as cherry on top

Breakfast disguised as dessert is always a favorite.

Tips: Don’t be afraid to use pancake batter to create mini adornments and use a knife as a drawing tool in Nutella to create¬†more texture.

my funny valentine

Whole wheat pancake / strawberries

Experimented this week by adding raspberry & blackberry jam to the batter to add a natural red color. I separated the batter into three bowls and added jam to two; poured regular batter to create heart shape and filled in the center with the jam batter, but the color didn’t show up as I had hoped.

Afterthought: would have been great with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Tips: You don’t have to make your pancake overly complicated. Sometimes repetition of pattern has the strongest impact.

christmas tree

Apple star, yogurt garland, blueberry and mini M&M ornaments and nutella trunk. Presents were decorated with nutella, yogurt and bits of crunchy pancake crumbs.

Original request was “wrapping paper,” but that was a tad complicated to say the least. Lots and lots of presents to go under a tree was the second request. This is the year we ruined our son.

Tips: A sprinkling of miniature M&M’s is a great way to add a touch of color on special occasions.

the buddha

Almonds, raisin, carved apple for lips and nose

It was a strange request this week. Ave has an affinity for images of the Buddha and pointed to the one hanging over our bedroom door when asked what he wanted for his pancake.

The refrigerator was still empty from our recent trip, so I was forced to use what I had in my pantry: a can of nuts, an apple, and a box of raisins. Carving an apple with a dull knife was harder than I had expected.

Tips: Nuts are a great source of protein and when combined with fruit are even better. Hair texture was created by dabbling spots of batter on griddle, letting them sit for 30 seconds, and then continuing to pour the rest of the shape.

jack-o-lantern

Chocolate syrup

Tips: Not every pancake has to be overly complicated. If you’re not already using pumpkin pancake batter, try adding a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to instant batter for a seasonal zing.