20110806-092218.jpgWrite your kids’ names in pancake batter!

This is a great way to make pancakes a little more fun than the standard circles. Pick up a cheap squirt bottle at the store, or put your pancake batter in a zip lock bag and snip off the corner. (If you’re using a squirt bottle, be sure to get all the lumps out of the batter first) Then have fun making letters and shapes with the pancake batter.

Here’s the basic pancake recipe we use:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
11/2 to 2 cups milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Oven Baked Pancakes

Don’t have time for fancy letters? Try cooking your pancakes in the oven! Honestly, we rarely have time to stand over the stove, especially on weekdays. Cooking pancakes in the oven makes a pancake breakfast SO MUCH quicker. Just pre-heat your oven to 375° and then either line your baking sheet/jelly roll pan with non-stick foil or grease it. Then pour in the batter and spread it around evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes for perfectly done, fluffy pancakes! I usually lift the foil out of the pan and put it on top of the stove, and then cut into squares with a pizza cutter.

To make for super easy eating, cut the squares into strips and the kids can dip them into the syrup!