Toppings are one of the pleasures of having pancakes for breakfast.
Make memories over the griddle on a weekend morning with your toddler. Preparing pancakes with your toddler is not only about a yummy breakfast with your family -- it's more about waking up together, spending time chatting while the griddle gets hot and, of course, pancakes with everyone's favorite topping on the table.
1Heat a griddle to 375 degrees. If you are not using an electric griddle with a temperature gauge, sprinkle a few drops of water on the griddle. When the water dances around and evaporates, you have the perfect temperature.
2Sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a large bowl.
3Beat together 3 eggs, 2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter using a whisk. Add these ingredients to the dry ingredients. If you overmix at this stage, your pancakes will become tough. You can add in chocolate chips, blueberries, apples or nuts now, adding 1/2 cup for a batch of pancakes this size. Too many add-ins will make the pancakes fall apart.
4Melt butter on the preheated griddle. The butter should foam and sizzle. Ladle 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle. Wait to flip the pancakes until there are bubbles on the surface of the pancake, usually about two minutes. "Is it time? Is it time? Can we flip it?" The timing of the flipping is one of the most suspenseful and awaited moments of the morning. You can build it up to a climax with "I think it's time, I think it's time."
5Older toddlers can help you hold the spatula to flip over the golden brown pancakes. Warn him the griddle is hot. Position him on a step stool so he can reach the griddle comfortably. Once the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, they are done.
6Serve the pancakes immediately or place in a 200-degree oven to stay warm. Maple syrup and melted butter is a favorite topping. Bring out the fruit and the whipped cream to put on the top. Your little one may love strawberries, peanut butter and honey on top of his pancakes.
- Substitute pancake mix for the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.Freeze leftover pancakes for up to six months.
Things You'll Need
- Baking powder
- Melted butter