This morning while fixing pancakes I decided to get in touch with my inner child and play around a bit, the end result were these smiley pancakes. Easy, delicious, and FUN, you alone will have a great time with these, but with kids it should be a real fiesta. And really, admit it, don't you want to be known as the best mom (or grandma) on the block? neighborhood? world?! Well, I can't guarantee that making these pancakes will do it, but it can't hurt.
Here's what I did. I followed the directions on the Bisquick box to make a simple batch of pancakes. From this mixture I removed 1/3 cup of batter, put it in a small bowl and added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of Hershey's Dark Cocoa, stirring both in well to make a darker batter.
I warmed up the Griddle (I use a Cuisinart Griddler - love it!) and, using a small spoon, dipped it into the dark batter and carefully dropped batter onto the hot surface to make eyes and a mouth. Wrong! Don't do this unless you want pancakes with a bit of a sneer.
Okay, I put the spoon in the sink, and grabbed a small icing bottle, poured the dark batter into the icing bottle and found this worked much better. (In my haste, however I grabbed the icing bottle from the Dollar Store and found the tip kept getting clogged, so next time I'm going to use the nicer one that I got from Kitchen Conservatory. As I said, I was just playing around, you can benefit from my mistakes and be well prepared when you decide to make them.) I formed eyes and a mouth on the Griddler, let them cook for about 30 seconds and then used a 1/4 cup measure to pour a circle of batter on top of this. I let them cook until bubbles rose to the surface and flipped them over. Cute! Even my husband got a laugh out of these.
|(You can see the sneering pancake at the top of this picture.)|
The dark batter really doesn't stand out in taste because of the small amount, but what I did taste was really good and I may just consider chocolate-cinnamon pancakes in the future. I also tried things other than faces like polka dots, stripes, and plaid with only so-so results. Imagine, though, making Jack-O-Lantern faces on pumpkin pancakes! The variations are endless and you are only limited by your, or your child's imagination.
|Who could possibly resist a breakfast that smiles back at you?|
Have fun, and have a great Sunday!
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