Rainbow Cakes

After the never ending winter spring is finally starting to make her appearance.  Little bits of color are coming up from the ground and out on the trees.  With the changes in color happening outside it makes me want to change the colors inside as well.  I’m not talking about painting walls or any drastic changes, I am happy with just adding a little color to our meals.  And I don’t mean fresh fruits and veggies, although that is one of my favorite ways to bring spring inside.

This little burst of color comes from the simple pancake.

rainbow pancakes

My family loves pancakes.  We eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They can be sweet or savory. Are super simple to make, yet always make an impressive impression.  You feel a little extra special when given a plate of pancakes.  It’s as if someone is giving you a little extra love.   You feel some extra love with just a regular plate of pancakes.  Imagine the love that is felt with rainbow pancakes.  These are sure to make any day extra special.

The other thing I love about pancakes is that they are a great food for kids to learn how to make.  There are only a few ingredients, measurements are simple and there is wiggle room if mistakes are made.  The youngest of chefs can easily make a batch of pancakes with little to no help.  This batch was made by my 7 year old, I was around to supervise and offer some help when needed, but from the measuring to the mixing to the flipping she did pretty much everything on her own.

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When it comes time to cook them up I like using a griddle. I find it is easier and more stable for the kids to use, plus you can cook off a bunch at once.  If you don’t have a griddle any flat pan will work.  If you want to make a rainbow of pancakes, simply evenly divide the batter.  The number of colors you choose to use is up to you.  If you want to get even fancier pour each color into a squeeze bottle, then squeeze the batter onto the griddle in various shapes and designs.  You can use pancake molds or go freehand, if the kids are doing it, they will want to go freehand.

I am a big fan of buttermilk pancakes and my favorite recipe is below, but you can easily find recipes that don’t use buttermilk.  And one quick, but very important tip – if you want super fluffy pancakes do not over mix the batter.  A good batter should have some small lumps.

Buttermilk Pancakes       printer ready

2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar

Preheat griddle to 375०

In a large mixing bowl add eggs, buttermilk and melted butter, whisk together.  Sift dry ingredients into the liquids, then gently fold together.  Do not over mix there should be some small lumps remaining in the batter.

If needed, lightly coat griddle with butter or cooking spray.  Using a cookie scoop or ladle pour batter onto griddle, leaving 1”-2” between each pancake.  Cook until bubbles begin forming on top of the pancakes and the edges are slightly dry.  Flip pancakes and cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes.

Cooked pancakes can be kept warm in a 125०

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