When my kids were little, I made the mistake of serving them a family recipe called Orange Pancakes. It calls for fresh orange juice in the pancake batter and syrup made from oj and sugar. It was a childhood favorite of mine, and I thought it would become one of theirs. Oh, how very wrong I was. They fired me on the spot from ever making pancakes for them.
So, Bob became the pancake maker. He'd use a mix that typically called for just water or milk and add a splash of vanilla to it to give it a little something extra. The kids liked Daddy's pancakes.
Since Bob died, Peanut has taken over pancake making. She has her own take on the process. She and my boyfriend downloaded a recipe from cooks.com called Charles' Pancakes from Scratch. She loves to makes them for the family, letting the other kids choose colors for their pancakes. It becomes a rainbow breakfast when Peanut is on duty.
It reminds me of my grandmother making pancake breakfasts for us when we were kids, always asking what animal shapes we wanted our pancakes to be. There's something special about love and food made especially for you. It warms my heart to see my kids sharing that value.
|CHARLES' PANCAKES FROM SCRATCH|
1 c. low fat milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Beat egg, milk and vanilla together. Combine remaining ingredients and stir into the batter, just until somewhat smooth, but slightly lumpy. Don't over mix.
To make pancakes; pour a little batter onto a hot griddle. Leave at least 2" of space between pancakes. Allow them to cook until the tops of pancakes are bubbled, then turn with spatula. Cook just until the underside is lightly browned.
Makes 10 (4") pancakes. Recipe may be doubled. Unused batter may be stored in the refrigerator. Thin with a little cold water if batter becomes too thick.