Yeah, I know! They’re pretty spectacular in a Dame Edna kind of way. These … are Rainbow Pancakes.
I was Googling around the Internet last week trying to figure out something fun to do with pancakes for Shrove/Pancake/Fat Tuesday. This is not at ALL what I was looking for and literally stumbled upon the idea of Rainbow Pancakes. I immediately halted all former pancake production to try this to see if it was really possible.
Sometimes, as I’ve discussed before, the Internet is a big fat liar, so I wanted to make sure this was do-able. It is indeed, but there are a few tricks to it.
I used my favourite pancake recipe, which comes in a box, and it ain’t a recipe box.
Just kidding. Boxed pancakes are actually fine, but I used this recipe for my Buttermilk Pancakes.
Rainbow Pancake Instructions
- Put on a frilly apron, some 40’s music and mix up a big ole bowl of pancake batter.
- Measure out a half cup or so of pancake batter into a smaller bowl. (whatever amount you would use for 2 pancakes)
- Add 2-3 drops of food colouring. Red, Blue, Green, yellow … whatever you want. Stir food colouring in gently so you don’t knock all the air out of your batter. No matter how hard you try, they’re going to end up being flatter than an “uncoloured” 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.
- Cook your pancakes in a pan or griddle in 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil. Make sure your heat is medium/low otherwise your pancakes will BROWN. You don’t want the pancakes to BROWN like a regular pancake would brown a bit. Once the pancake browns, you can’t see any of the colour anymore. So watch them closely and don’t overcook them.
- Stick your pancakes in the oven at 210° F to keep warm.
- Clean out your bowl, add more pancake mix, a different colour of food colouring and cook like the first batch.
- Once you’ve cooked all your pancakes, stack them all up on a plate, put em in the centre of the table and watch their eyes light up.
The thing I love most about Pancake Tuesday? It’s one day I don’t have to decide and think about what we’re having for dinner. Enjoy.