perfect rainbow pancakes

My original Rainbow Pancakes have been quite controversial, but hopefully that is all done.  I am sharing a slightly less technicolor version of them today, AND sharing tips on how you can great the Perfect Rainbow Pancake, just in time for Easter!

Tips for the Perfect Rainbow Pancake! #pancakes #rainbow

 

Here are a few tips!

Have lots of bowl on hand.  By far the most time consuming part of rainbow pancakes is creating six batters in six different bowls.  I suggest enlisting the little ones in the entire process, and then allow them to help with clean up afterwards.  I have found that this helps them understand that this is a “special” event and not something we do everyday.

Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Cook low and slow. I often cook my rainbow pancakes at 250 degrees F on the griddle.

Do not use butter to grease pan.  I do not use anything to prepare the pan, I simply use a a griddle that is non-stick.

Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Make all of one color at once.  I prepare all of the pink, then the orange, then so on.  I place finished pancakes on a warming plate in the oven, and that way I can serve all of the pancakes hot and in rainbow color order!

If you want to make shape you can place batter into a pastry bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner.  Make an outline and then quickly fill the shape in.   This can be esepceially fun with you have so many different colors!

I do not recommend using cookie cutter to get the designed shape you want.  The average person (like me!) does not have 5 of one shape cookie cutter, so this means you are making one pancake at a time.  You also need to spray the cookie cutter before each use and be careful because it gets very hot!  I have yet to find a way to make this method  be efficient.

Use a “good” recipe.  I put good in quotations because what I really mean is use a recipe that is ideal for creating beautiful looking pancakes.  The following recipe is one that tastes delicious, but is slightly runnier.  When you are making colorful pancakes you do not want them to get too brown, so having a pancake that will cook faster (and therefor allow you to flip sooner) is ideal.  This recipe uses a lot of baking powder so it still fluffs up nicely.

If you want to make sure your pancake is done, let them cook on one side a bit longer.  It is just fine if one side is more brown, just serve that side down.

I slightly adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com, but any basica recipe will do.  Simply add more liquid to achieve better results.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Pour in milk, egg and oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter onto the heated griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
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Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Use a good food coloring.  With this recipe specifically you can use liquid food coloring with great success!  It’s also a great time to get your teacher hat on with the kids, and help them to figure out what colors you need to combine to achieve orange and purple and green.

Enjoy the process.  Most of all, enjoy this time in the kitchen with your little ones.  They grow up so fast!

 

 

three happy years

Mister Edward (or Eddie as we call him) woke up bright eyed and with a hungry belly this morning.

His request on his very special day?

Waffles!Sprinkle Waffles

These are just simple waffles with a bit of whipped cream and sprinkles, but definitely something new to him.

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He was in disbelief.

He didn’t know if he could eat it.

He wanted to eat it, but hesitated.

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I told him to dig in.

Really?

YES!

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He did!  And only at the whipped cream and sprinkles.

But is one very happy three year old.

Happy Birthday Eddie!

 

Rainbow Waffles

My little tiny adorable baby turned seven this past weekend.

My Parker…

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… has yet to lose a tooth much less even have a loose tooth.

… could sleep in until 10:00am and take three hour naps everyday if I would let him.

… has an odd fear of bug swarms.

Happy Birthday Parker!

… is the most generous soul I know.  He will scrimp and save and work hard to get something he wants then in the next moment give it away because he loves to see people happy.

… is a kind and gentle loving brother.  Eddie runs up to him in the morning for his “morning hug”.  Olivia looks into his eyes and smiles and smiles.  He is adored by us all.

Rainbow Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. **I have a family of seven and doubled the recipe.**
  2. Place all ingredients in large bowl and mix until combined. Evenly separate batter into six bowls. Add 1-2 drops of red to one bowl, orange to the next bowl, yellow to a bowl, green to a bowl, blue and purple gel food coloring to their each bowl.
  3. Pour first batter onto heated waffle iron and heat according to machine directions, about 2 minutes.
  4. Place waffles in low temp oven to keep warm while completing rest of the colors.
  5. Serve immediately with syrup.
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Rainbow Waffles

… has been asking me for Rainbow Pancakes since I first made them in 2009.  Seriously.

Every. Single. Year.

The night before his birthday he changed it up and requested waffles, and I was more than happy to oblige.  These rainbow waffles were fun and delicious. My husband and I chuckled every time they would say, “I like yellow the best.”

“No, I think green tastes the best!”

“No, I say the purple is the best!”

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 To see his eyes light up and a smile spread across his adorable face is just about all a mom can ask for.

Happy Birthday Parker!  You are much loved!

Banana Oat Pancakes

These Banana Oatmeal pancakes were born in a moment of mental anxiety.  The prior day had gotten away from me and I had failed to get to the store for milk, cereal, bread… some essential breakfast ingredients for a growing family of seven.

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As I laid in bed and tried to recall the contents of my pantry and fridge, the idea for banana oat pancakes came to be.  And man am I glad it did!

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This recipe is good… and big.  I fed the whole family and had 6 pancakes left over, which is a rarity with growing boys.

As a busy (frazzled, over-anxious, stressed out, often times certifiable) mom I will take little victories where I can get them.  The ingredients in these pancakes were enough give me a moments peace; content in the knowledge that they got a few essential foods that help their little bodies grow.

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Plus they taste great.  Sweet, lush, gratifying… really reminiscent of banana bread but lighter.

Banana Oat Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid form)

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, flaxseed and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together egg, milk, water, and oil. Gently stir wet ingredients into dry and combine until just incorporated. Add in banana's and stir until combined.
  2. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter onto a heated griddle. When bubbles form around edges of pancakes, flip. Serve immediately.
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Tips for Success:

This batter is thick, so I found the low and slow method of baking to be best.  My griddle was set to 300 and each pancake cooked for almost 2 minutes before I flipped it.

Since the batter was thick I used a spoon to spread it out on the griddle.  I found that pancakes about 4 inches across ended up being the most manageable size.

If you want a thinner batter simply add in more milk, a tablespoon at a time.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature.  For this recipe I found it easier to use in melted form.  Simply pop a scant 1/2 cup solid coconut oil into the microwave for less than a minute and you will have approximately 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil.

We used an organic real maple syrup, which has a distinctly different flavor than “regular” syrup.  I loved how well it complimented the pancake.  I also ate some with only butter, similar to how I eat banana bread. They are delicious both ways!  My husband added our homemade plum syrup which has an almost bitter bite to it… he found the contrasting kick to really compliment the sweet pancake.

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I really really really hope you try these!  We truly loved them and hope you do too!

Buttermilk Pancakes (with a twist!)

When I saw these pancakes on Recipe girl, I was kinda sorta totally in love.

 

I really want you to check out her recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pancakes… its perfection.  The only thing I did different was add the toppings after the pancakes were done. (Which I think might have even been her original recipe as well!)

She also has a picture tutorial which is really helpful if you are anything like me and totally able to screw up even the easiest of recipes.

For the pancakes I used one of my favorite recipes.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Turn griddle on to 300. (be sure to make the pancakes based on the best temperature for your griddle... most say 350 degrees, but my griddle makes the best pancakes at 300)
  2. Place flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a bowl and stir with a fork. Add in the slightly beaten eggs, buttermilk, and oil. Combine until fully incorporated. Do not over mix.
  3. Place about 1/4 cup on batter onto griddle. When pancakes have bubbles, flip over.
  4. This recipe made about 24 four-inch pancakes.
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Let me tell you.  These are sweet.  So sweet.  I happen to LOVE sweet, so this is a great way for me to start my day.  Hubby could do without the cream cheese glaze, my kids wanted extra extra helpings of it.

I had some left over, so I popped it in the fridge.  Two weeks later we made Cinnamon Roll Waffles and the toppings were just as fabulous!

A little birdie told me that this recipe is even going to be in Lori’s upcoming book, The Recipe Girl Cookbook!  I could not be more excited!  Thanks for the great recipes Lori!

Pumpkin Pancakes (Part Two)

I just posted the most amazing and delicious pumpkin pancakes I have ever had.  Well, here is another version of pumpkin pancakes.

Those pancakes tasted like pumpkins, these look like pumpkins!

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These are so easy!  I just made our favorite pancake batter and reserved 1/4 cup of it.

I added McCormick’s black food coloring to the 1/4 cup and blended well.  Then added orange food coloring to the rest of the batter.

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To make the fun designs, I put the black pancake batter into a ziplock bag and cut off the tiniest of tips from the corner of the bag.

Then simply piped out whatever design I wanted onto the medium high griddle, immediately followed by some orange pancake batter.

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It was easy, fun, and my kids had a blast!

So this year we are going to a Trunk & Treat at our church.  (which means we get to avoid handing out candy!)

Do you have any fun plans for Halloween?  Any cute costumes for your kiddies?  You know I am gonna want to see pictures! :)

Pumpkin Pancakes

I saw these pancakes in a 2008 issue of my favorite magazine, Life Beautiful.

And I have made them twice in the last three days.

They are delicious!

 

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These pancakes are easy and quick, but so rich and decadent.  Especially with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon over the top… I felt like I was eating at a fancy restaurant!

Well, except for the baby screaming and the basket of folded clothes at the end of the dining room table.

Just sayin.

Can I set a mood or what?  Lets try again.

I can just see these sweet and satisfying pancakes on a cold, snowy Christmas morning with a cup of this fabulous Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cocoa.

Sound better?

Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice (or pumpkin spice)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all spice. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, and pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture and blend until just incorporated. (lumps are ok)
  2. Cook pancakes as you normally would.
  3. Note: This is a dense batter, and you might not see bubbles form as quickly as they normally would. Look for the top to no longer be shiny and for bubbles around the edges as a sign to turn over.
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Extra options: Top with toasted pecans, maple sugar glaze, or a powder sugar/cinnamon blend.

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Seriously.  Try them.

Its like having dessert for breakfast!

 

Welcome To Amanda’s Diner

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I'm serving up a few tasty treats for you today!

The first specialty of the house is our new favorite way to have breakfast.

Rainbow Pancakes

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Yes, that is pancake batter.  Now.  There is no need to silently nod to yourself in victorious gloating satisfaction because (hanging head)… you were right.  I am obsessed with food coloring.

Food coloring and making my kids happy.

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Now that's one happy short stack.

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My kids have never eaten so many pancakes in one sitting before.  They were loving it!  Seriously… if you want to start out your day with the most gloriously happy children, just try these yummy rainbow pancakes.

I used a version of  this recipe, and added food coloring, flax seed, and love. 

Don't forget the love.

Sorry.  I couldn't help myself.  I am corny like that.

*Do you want to see some more fun baked stuff?  Check out i am baker!

*Click here to see how I reply to Rainbow Pancake Haters.

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Well, in addition to serving pancakes to our very special guests today (thats you!), I am also offering the specialty of the house.

Some magic cookies.

Because, if all goes well, they will magically help one exceptional blogger friend sell her house!

That's right… I made my very sweet friend Kami 'Open House' cookies! 

Each cookie has their address written on it.  How smart is that??  Wish I had thought of it.

 

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You can bet that everyone who goes to their open house will remember these address cookies!

Did I mention what a great idea this is???

I think Kami might be on to something.

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And yes, our menu would not be complete without some sweet, sweet honey.

As in the Winnie the Pooh variety.

I recently visited the local thrift store… and had a blast finding a bunch of stuff that I didn't even know I needed!

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Have I told you I am obsessed with Classic Pooh?  No?  I'm surprised it doesn't come up in conversation more often. 

I came across this poor pitiful book that is in such terrible condition.

I love it.

It was first published in 1926.  This copy is from 1957.

It is perfection.

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Wonderfully colorful and detailed illustrations.

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Sweet tales and songs that can keep even the most fidgety child interested.

I even got some cookbooks!  I think it was $4.50 for these.

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I might have bought the Country Desserts book just for this recipe.

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Butterscotch Sauce.  Does it really need to go on anything? 

Isn't it sorta like a sweeter version of milk and should be consumed on a daily basis for its vitamins and nutrients?

Yeah.  I'm going with that.

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And to top off a wonderful shopping experience, I even got this gem for FOUR DOLLARS!!!

I know!

Oh… not the baby.  The bowl

Its huge!  Perfect for big cakes and big orders of sugar cookies.

Well, I don't know about you, but my sugar buzz is almost wearing off!  Maybe I should stop by CF Mama's house and have a piece of cake

If anyone else attempts one of the crazy recipes I put on my blog, be sure to let me know!  I just may feature you!