The easiest is to decorate your pancakes with pretty-colored toppings, like raspberries, strawberries, and whipped cream. Red and yellow test well as good food sellers, so topping golden pancakes with juicy red fruits will surely call to the people sitting at your breakfast table.
It’s also fun to use the Disney model and make Mickey and Minnie shaped pancakes. This is easy to do by making different sized cakes. Just make one regular sized pancake for the face, and 2 “silver-dollar” ones for the ears. You can make the facial features using fruits. I’ve seen pineapple mouths, blueberry eyes, and blackberry noses. Of course, when you order one at Disney World they arrive loaded up with chocolate chips and whipped cream. Just sayin’.
It’s also fun to pull out your cookie cutters and make cute shapes out of cooked hotcakes. But since cookies tend to be small, using cutters to make your shapes will leave a lot of waste.
I prefer to use my cut-out pancake molds. They come in a few shapes and are made for use on a griddle or hot skillet. Mine are made by Amco. They come in non-stick 2 packs and can be found all over the internet for under $10.00. I got mine a few years ago at Home Goods for $6.99. I shop there often because they carry quality cookware at low prices.
For those who have gluten sensitivities or cook for others who do, it’s easy to find gluten free flours and pancake mixes in most supermarkets. Bob’s Red Mill makes my favorite one, and that’s what I used to make the hotcakes pictured here. I find Bob’s Mill products in all of my local grocery chains. But even Bisquick makes a gluten free variety.
When I serve pancakes I like to go all out with a nice 100% maple syrup. My favorite brand is Maple Gold. I like its amber color, rich taste, and price point. Pancake syrups come in all kinds of flavors, too, including fruit, coconut, and even peanut butter! Persimmon Hill Farm makes some especially delicious ones for reasonable prices, including Blueberry Amaretto. Find them on the internet.
If you’d like to celebrate National Pancake Day even though you’re pressed for time, I’ve found that plain old unadorned pancakes bring smiles to surprised faces at breakfast time in my home. And your local I-Hop has a special pancake deal for the 4th which you can find on our Facebook Page.
Enjoy your hotcakes at home or at your favorite pancake shop!
Photos Courtesy of Easy Weekly Meals