Kids' Activity: Easy Pancake Recipe

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

Ingredients:
• 1 egg
• 1 cup of self-rising flour*
• 3/4 cup of milk
• 2 tablespoons of oil
• 1 tablespoon of sugar

This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled -- depending on your appetites! Each batch makes 6 - 8 pancakes.

1) Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl using a wisk or fork. Kids can measure and stir.
2) Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray (such as Pam - recommended) or grease bottom only lightly with butter.
3) Heat electric skillet or griddle to medium high.
4) Test readiness by sprinkling water on to see it bubble.
5) Using a ladle, pour in pancakes one by one.
6) Watch carefully - as the top begins to bubble, (generally in less than 5 minutes dependent on heat), flip the pancake.
7) Cook for another minute or two and then serve immediately.
8) Top with butter and your favorite syrup! Yum!

*To make your own self-rising flour, use 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Smiley face pancakes can add a giggle to your breakfast! To make these, add a teaspoon chocolate powder (or a few drops of food coloring) to 1/4 cup of batter and draw eyes and smiles on the griddle. Allow to cook for 30 seconds and pour the rest of the pancake over the features. Cook as above.

Pancakes alone can be an adventure. Even so, feel free to experiment a bit. Are 20 silver dollar size ones as filling as 3 big ones? What happens if you add another tablespoon of milk to the last pancake's batter? Can chopped up fruit be added to the batter for an especially yummy treat?

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

Copyright © Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org.