Sunday, November 24, 2013

Instant Pancake Mix and Breakfast For The Kids

Homemade Pancake Mix

You are going to love this pancake mix.  I always have some mixed up in the pantry, ALWAYS!!!!

The recipe I use is one of Alton Brown's.  You can find it here at the Food Network's website.  And I love this recipe.  The best part of making your own mix is first, you know exactly what is in it.  You can make it all organic, or add different spices, whatever your family likes.  

All his recipe calls for is:

*28oz (about 6 cups) flour
*1 Tbsp baking powder
*1 1/2 tsp baking soda
*1 oz (about 1/8 cup) sugar

(and yes, I do weigh my ingredients.  Although it has only been recently, I find it so much easier quite frankly.  All I have to do is throw a bowl on the scale, zero it out, and start dumping flour in.  plus you have a more exact amout without sifting, which I am all about.)  

Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix it up.  There is enough there for about 3 batches of pancakes.  

Now to make the panpcakes...

*10 oz (about 1 1/3 cups) pancake mix
*2 large eggs
*2 cups buttermilk
*2 oz butter (I prefer unsalted)

I also like to add vanilla and almond extract, cinnamon, alspice, and ground cloves.  Just a splash of each of the extracts and a sprinkle of the spices (especially the ground clove, a little goes a loooooooooooooong way!)

Melt the butter, mix with the eggs and milk, add all together.  (Ok, his recipe is a bit more specific about adding the fats with the fats and the other liquids together then adding all together with the pancake mix but I am not nearly that particular.)  DON'T overmix.  It's ok if there are lumps.  

See, even the little ones can help.  

Now lightly butter the pan, and start cooking.   

Add a couple chocolate chips for a face if you would like and there you have it.  A fabulous breakfast for the family. 

Now I like to have a hot breakfast for the kids in the morning, but many times I don't have time to make pancakes and eggs and things nor will they eat an entire batch every morning.  So what I have started doing is making a double or even tripple batch of pancakes on the weekends and putting the rest in the freezer to take out any morning the kids want them during the week!!!  How great is that, they get a hot breakfast, it is cheap and easy for you, and you know what is in it, no preservatives, no chemicals, only the best for your fabulous family!  I usually use the toaster to heat them up but the micorwave works just as well, I just like the little crunch on the outside rather than soggy.  Personal preferance really.  

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