Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Morning Pancakes

According to Jo Frost, Supernanny, toddlers thrive on little rituals.

I think a lot of people thrive on little rituals. The world is enough of an adventure; having boring little weekly rituals gives children such a sense of home and place and security.

One of our family rituals is Saturday morning pancakes.

We even have a playlist dedicated to it. 

Here are our favorites:
Mom's Flannel Pancakes
These make a great mix if you withhold the milk, butter and eggs; when we were kids we made 1/2 million of these and packaged them in brown paper bags with bottles of real maple syrup for Christmas gifts for neighbors and acquaintances.  (Actually, Mom just kept them in a basket by the door and anyone that walked through got one.  That is classic Mom.) I like to use 1/2 whole wheat.
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1/4 t. salt
2 cups milk
Fry on a hot  griddle!
Cornmeal Pancakes
From Taste of Home, these are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes I've ever made.
1 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and fry on electric griddle. 
Oatmeal Pancakes Smitten Kitchen Style
These are the kids' favorite and probably the softest pancakes I've ever had; they're like velvet.  Delicious with raspberry syrup! I changed the recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen's site, so these are totally ours.  :) We double this recipe. 
1  3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon Kosher or coarse salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (plus extra for the pan)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1 tablespoon honey
2 eggs
Fry on electric griddle and serve hot with your favorite toppings.

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