Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"pretty" easy waffles/pancakes

Yummy note: I enjoy involving my daughter in the kitchen. I find it to be a good learning experience, besides it being totally fun for her to help out like a big girl! So with this recipe, we found something that can easily be "prettied" up and look "cool," while she is enjoying a homemade meal. The simplicity of this waffle/pancake recipe makes it easy to have little helpers in the kitchen, while not making the meal preparation too complicated. I think I found this recipe originally on a kids or pregnancy website, which actually called it a kid's activity, but I like to call it a pretty easy waffle/pancake recipe to keep on hand. :)

"pretty" easy waffles/pancakes

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup of self-rising flour**
1 tablespoon sugar
optional "pretty" things to add in: sprinkles and/or mini chocolate chips

** Note, if you don't have self-rising flour on hand, you can make your own substitute by using 3/4 cup of regular all-purpose flour and mixing in 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.

Mix flour and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix egg, milk, and oil together. Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir.

(If you want, you can just add the egg, milk, and oil directly into the other bowl with the dry ingredients, but it is sometimes more fun for the helpers to pour things.)

Stir the ingredients together until mixed slightly, some lumps are ok, as too much stirring can toughen the pancake or waffle. Add in optional pretty ingredients if you'd like, such as the handful of mini chocolate chips and/or colorful sprinkles to make a special treat.

For waffles, preheat your waffle iron and spray lightly with cooking spray. Pour waffle batter into iron and cook until waffles are crisp and brown or until waffle maker indicates it is done. If making pancakes, preheat a lightly greased griddle/frying pan and pour as much pancake batter as desired into the hot pan. Flip pancake once it begins to bubble and finish on other side until brown. Note: Recipe makes about 8 pancakes or 3-4 waffles depending on size of waffle maker. I usually double the recipe when I make waffles, so we can have leftovers.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings, such as butter, syrup, jelly, or whipped cream!

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