Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us do not get to enjoy it most of the week. We are always hustling and bustling, trying to get out the door to get to work or school, and are satisfied with shoving food and gulping some form of liquid in our mouths to hold us over for a few hours. Since breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I thought I would share a family favourite breakfast at our home: Pancakes!
On the rare occasions I make breakfast (my other half is usually at the helm for meals), I like using cookie cutters to make eating pancakes just a little more fun. I started making these for my family this past Canada Day. I bought maple leaf-shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookies to celebrate Canada’s birthday, but then I got the idea to make something fun for my kids to kick off the festivities with pancakes.
Here is what I did to make these cute and tasty breakfast treats:
Cookie Cutter Pancakes
2 Cups Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Oil
Mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.
Pour the batter into the center of the cooking area so that it is a bit larger than the cookie cutter(s) being used.
Heat a frying pan or skillet to medium and lightly grease with butter.
Preheat oven to 200°F or to the Keep Warm feature.
Once the second side is cooked, remove the pancake from the the cooking area and place on a hard, smooth surface. Use your chosen cookie cutter(s) to cut out the shape you desire.
Cook the remainder of the batter until the bowl is empty.
You’re probably asking what I did with the unused pancake. I ate them, of course! Just because a pancake has a hole in it, does not mean that it is less delicious. I enjoyed these pieces as well as the shapes I cut out! We do not like for pancakes to go to waste at our home.
Maple leaves were the perfect way to start our Canada Day this year! My kids smiled when they saw my creation, and loved eating pancakes in the shape of maple leaves. Since this was a great success, I made other Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes for my kids with some of our favourite cookie cutter shapes such as trains, dinosaurs, butterflies and daises. They liked them even more!
I love how this idea is so versatile. It can be used any time of the year, so breakfast with these tasty treats can start off occasions (such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, etc.) on a fun note!
So if you want to put a smile on the faces of your family’s face the next time you gather around the breakfast table, try making making these Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes!