Friday, October 11, 2019

Five Minute Food Art Friday-Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

When my daughter Courtney was little, she loved to eat mini pancakes on her little tea set plates. Ever since then, mini pancakes have been a "thing" at our house. Along with mini pancakes, I loved to make colored pancakes for my girls. A few drops of food coloring can make ordinary pancakes a party! This five minute food art Friday combines these two things. Fun to make and eat, and cooking mini pancakes makes it quick and easy!

The book I chose is "The Runaway Pumpkin" (which is actually about a giant pumpkin, instead of a mini one, but it's one of my pumpkin favorites) but there are hundreds of pumpkin themed books out there.

For each mini pumpkin you will need:

*2-3 T Pancake batter (I used a mix, but you can choose your favorite pancake batter)
*Yellow and red food coloring
*Chocolate chips, cereal, bits of candy, pretzels etc...

Add food coloring to prepared pancake batter. The amount you need will depend on how much pancake batter you have. Add a drop of each at a time until you get the color you like. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon or a tablespoon measuring spoon, drop batter (2-3 T) onto heated griddle in a "pumpkin shape". Think heart with a rounded bottom. Just like there are no perfect real pumpkins, there are no perfectly shaped pumpkin pancakes either. Don't stress!! You are making memories not masterpieces! When the bubbles in the pancake batter pop and remain popped, flip the pancakes over and cook on the other side. These tiny pancakes are perfect practice for your child to flip pancakes if you think they are ready to try!!

Using chocolate chips, candy pieces, cereal, pretzels (for the stems) decorate the "pumpkins" to make Jack-o-lanterns. Use your imagination! No need for a special grocery run, experiment with things you already have to add fun faces to your pumpkins.

Tips and tricks:
*Thinning your pancake batter a little bit will make it easier to make pumpkins with.
*Want pumpkin flavored pumpkins? Make pumpkin pancake batter and skip the food coloring.
*As always remember-
                  You are making memories, not masterpieces!

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