Friday night pancake adventure

 

Just spent a little time with my 12 year old in the kitchen making Better-Than-The-Box Pancake Mix that we had seen on Cook’s Country TV.  If you don’t get this show in your area, they have an excellent website at www.cookscountrytv.com where you can find some great free recipes as well as sign up for a free issue of their magazine.  Here’s the recipe we used:



From the episode: Rise and Shine

Makes about 6 cups of mix, enough for 3 batches of 8 pancakes each.  

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 cup non-fat milk powder
3/4 cup malted milk powder (see side bar)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut into 1/2 -inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Process all ingredients in food processor until no lumps remain and mixture is texture of wet sand, about 2 minutes. Freeze in airtight container for up to 2 months.
  2. To make 8 pancakes: Whisk 2 cups mix, 2 lightly beaten large eggs, and ½ cup buttermilk in large bowl until smooth. Pour ¼-cup portions of pancake batter onto lightly oiled large nonstick skillet or griddle and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter as desired. Serve. (If you don’t have buttermilk, make clabbered milk by whisking ½ tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice into ½ cup whole or low-fat milk and letting the mixture thicken for 10 minutes.)

This is what it looked like after whizzing up in the food processor:

 

 Now it is all zipped up in a freezer bag, tucked away into a cool sleep, waiting for what hopes to be the best pancakes ever in the morning.  The Oldest, went to bed dreaming of the pancakes that will be made on the new griddle she received for her birthday a few weeks ago! Took us forever to find the malted milk powder for this, The Oldest lamented about it to her Consumer Science teacher at school, who turned out to be an angel when she found it in a supermarket where she lives and bought it for us unexpectedly!  Overall the recipe was very easy to execute, although my ancient Cuisinart almost didn’t hold it all.  If this works out well, I smell teacher gifts for my two girl’s favorites this year. 

Do you want to see how we made these into pancakes? Click here
As far as bento posts here are a couple selections from this week that turned out rather well:

Whoops! Chicken Bun Bento

I say whoops because we thought we were buying pork buns and The Oldest informed me when she came home from school, that they were indeed chicken buns. Along with the bun she had a tiny packet of fruit nuggets, clementine, baby carrots, apple wedges and some peanut butter for dipping in the small blue container.

For The Youngest, Trader Joe's Chicken Drummettes which are absolute favorites in this house, along with half of a biscuit left over from dinner. With that she has a snowman container with ketchup and a small shaker of salt. The tiny egg is a hard-boiled quail egg that was formed in a quail egg mold (I documented that adventure and will post the details in the next few days!) The top right container holds a few cutie picks with some blueberries, which are a favorite of hers. This box came back with no food left in it, so I'd say it was a success!

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