Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Meals with Mincie: Mickey Mouse Pancakes

While Mincie did make pancakes from time to time, I actually associate pancakes more with her son Mick, my father.  As I was making these for my boys yesterday morning, I decided they needed to be today's blog feature, even though they technically aren't a "meal with Mincie" item.

There was a period of time when Dad worked an early shift that ended around 3:00 pm and Mom worked a night shift so dinner duties fell to Dad.  At the time, grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes were his specialties, so we often had them for dinner.  One night, we were presented with pancakes Dad dubbed "Mickey Mouse Pancakes" which were a normal size pancakes with two silver dollar size "ear" pancakes attached.  To be honest, I think they were an accidental creation caused by putting pancakes too close together on the griddle, but he passed them off as something he intended to do and we ate them up (literally).  Since then, pancakes are rarely made in any of our houses without at least a few of them being shaped like Mickey Mouse.  My boys and I have even invented a few shapes of our own.  During the fall we make pumpkin shaped pancakes and during the winter we make Santa heads and snowmen. 

Buttermilk Pancakes
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1)  Beat egg.

2)  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar; add to egg.

3)  Add buttermilk and oil; beat until smooth.

4)  Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle or skillet, then about 1/8 cup (silver dollar size) at each side of the top of the larger pancake so that they're touching and look like mouse ears.

5)  As the pancake cooks, bubbles will form and pop.  Turn when the popping bubbles start to leave small craters on top and the edges look cooked.

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