This extra special pancake post is in honour of Shrove/Pancake/Fat Tuesday. Whatever you want to call it the meaning is the same ... YOU DON'T HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU'RE HAVING FOR DINNER TONIGHT because you're having pancakes.
You can cook up some bacon or mini-sizzlers, slice some fruit if you're feeling fruity and just like that you have breakfast for dinner.
The whole point of Pancake Tuesday to me, is an easy dinner so you're not going to get any pushback from me on using boxed pancake mix.
Obviously you have to make your own maple syrup though. You're not a plebe.
- The classic stack Use a boxed mix or the Buttermilk pancake recipe below. Take the cap off of your syrup bottle and throw it away. You're not going to need that anymore. Just keep pouring.
2. Rainbow pancakes You just need food colouring and pancake mix. Instructions & recipe below.
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5. Potato pancakes Because the potato should never feel left out.
6. French toast Use brioche, use brioche, use brioche. Recipe below. When given the choice I choose French toast over any other breakfast option.
I personally think that Rainbow Pancakes are the most Mardi Gras-ish of all the pancake variations for the day.
Rainbow Pancake Instructions
- Measure out a half cup or so of your prepared pancake batter into a smaller bowl. (whatever amount you would use for 2 pancakes)
- Add 2-3 drops of food colouring. GENTLY mix so you don't knock all the air out of the pancakes.
- No matter how hard you try, they're going to end up being flatter than an "non rainbow" pancake. That's the price you pay to have a stack of pancakes that look like something Katy Perry would wear to an awards show.
Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 cups buttermilk if you don't have buttermilk just add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla optional
- 1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Sift together dry ingredients.
- In separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (not including vegetable oil)
- Make well in centre of dry ingredients and gently whisk in wet mixture until just barely incorporated. You want lumps to remain. Lumps are good!
- Heat pan to on medium. Brush with vegetable oil once hot.
- Drop ¼ - ½ cup onto griddle or non stick pan. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form on top. Flip, cook another 1 ½ - 2 minutes.
I can't bring myself to make French toast for dinner tonight because it's Pancake Tuesday not French Toast Tuesday, but really, I prefer these.
- 4 slices bread Brioche is EXCELLENT
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoon butter
- Whisk egg, milk, cinnamon (if using) and vanilla together.
- Dip each slice of bread into mixture and let it soak until the mixture is absorbed. The heartier the bread, the longer this takes. 30 seconds or so on each side.
- Heat non stick pan over medium/low heat then add 1 Tablespoon of butter.
- Fry soaked bread until golden on both sides. Place in 200 degree oven to keep warm.
- Repeat until all your bread is fried.
I'm toying with the idea of making poodle pancakes tonight after the great success of the Snickerpoodles.
They might work and they might not but either way I'm having breakfast for dinner tonight and that right there is reason to be excited. Whether they look like a dog or a dog's breakfast is irrelevant once they're covered in butter and syrup.