I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July yesterday! Other than fireworks, when I think about July 4th, I think about food. And not just the typical Backyard BBQ, I’m usually thinking about colorful, patriotic food.
You can find millions of pictures and recipes for “American Flag” cake or “Red, White, and Blue” ices. I’ve seen Independence Day themed cupcakes and ice cream sundaes, parfaits, fruit salads, etc. I’m almost positive that any food can be representative of the 4th of July with a little bit of sprucing up. With that in mind, I decided I was going to have a little breakfast party yesterday with some patriotic pancakes.
I researched a few simple pancake recipes online and did some adjustments and combinations in order to get MY batter. Add in a little food coloring and voile la! I made myself some funky pancakes. The best part about them is that you can cater the pancakes to any holiday or celebration that you want. All you need to do is change the food coloring to suite the particular event.
Colorful “Patriotic” Pancakes
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Milk (I used Fat Free)
2 Tbsp Butter (Melted and set aside to cool)
2 Tbsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
Food Coloring (I prefer the gel over the liquid)
Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and put on medium heat.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt).
In a medium sized bowl, pour in the milk while beating the eggs (I used a basic hand whisk). Make sure the melted butter has completely cooled, and mix it into the liquid.
Combine wet and dry ingredients by pouring about the liquid mixture into the large bowl and stirring. It might be a little lumpy, which is okay. Just make sure that all of the ingredients have combined (probably 1 minute of stirring will suffice).
Using the gel food coloring, squeeze out a spiral design onto the top of the batter, first with the red and then with the blue. Do Not mix the batter at this point or you will turn the batter purple!
Scoop out about 2 Tbsp worth of batter onto the hot griddle or pan and repeat this until the surface area is covered.
You will know when to flip the pancakes by watching the edges. The edges will start to bubble and brown slightly, which means it is time to flip.
Once you’ve removed the first round of pancakes, spray the griddle or pan again and wait a minute or so until it is hot again. This will help the pancakes cook evenly, not stick together, or have strange deformed shapes!
Continue this process until you’ve made all of the batter. (When I made these, it resulted in 16 pancakes about 3″ in diameter).
*You can add as many colors to the batter as you want and use whatever color combination floats your boat! Try these out for Labor Day with the red and blue, Halloween with orange, green and purple, Christmas with green and red, etc. etc.