Be a Breakfast Hero

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Introduction: Be a Breakfast Hero

About: I have had a few careers so far, soldier, school teacher, arborist, millwright. I love change and I love learning.

This is a simple way to amaze your kids at breakfast and get them excited about eating. A little creativity will make you a hero in the kitchen.

Also see how to be a lunch hero

My son makes requests for "special pancakes" every weekend.

Please check out my other instructables and I also have a diy podcast called mechanicalmashup.tv

It all starts with simple "just add water" pancake mix.

Step 1: The Batter

Mix the batter just a little thicker than usual, make sure you get all the lumps out. This is a great chance for the kids to participate.

Step 2: The Setup

Pour some of the batter into a ziplock bag. Don't worry about spills because I rarely get it all in without slopping some down the side. Once the bag is closed, you can wash the outside with water to reduce further mess. Tip the bag upside down and snip about 3 mm off of one corner of the bag. The size of the hole is dependent on the thickness of the batter and is something you need to experiment with. If you find the hole is a little big, you can tape it closed and cut the other corner.

Step 3: The Pancakes - Method 1

I normally run the element on the stove a little cooler than normal for pancakes. This gives you a little more time to create you art work. Be careful not to burn yourself because your hand will be close to a hot pan. I sometimes let my son create the first shape on a cold pan and then heat it up after.

This is where you get to be creative! Try just about anything or let the gang make requests. If you are suffering from "special pancake" block, just try different geometric shapes. Kids will be thrilled about triangle shaped pancakes.

One trick I have learned is to outline your shape and then fill in the inside after. If you don't go quick, you will have weird lines on one side of the pancake (not a big problem, just serve it good side up)

Flipping can be tricky, i use lots of butter so it doesn't stick and a big spatula. Let it get good and cooked on the one side before attempting to flip.

Step 4: Method 2

For hard to flip or disjoint images, draw the image and let it cook for as long as you dare. Then just pour a whole regular pancake over top. Note the letter "B" is written backwards, you need to do this because anything you draw shows as a mirror image with this method.

If you can make some nice images of Jesus maybe you can make a lot of money selling pancakes on ebay.

You don't have to be careful flipping with this method so make sure you give it some flair for the audience!


Another thing I have done in the past is to put a small pancake on a plate, then put slightly larger and larger "O" shaped pancakes on top to form a bowl that I filled with fruit and ice cream. - YUM!

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    Love the triangle pancake tower....yummy!

    Special Request: Make a "Pancake"Man first then make other pancakes as its clothes, hat, pants, shoes. That would be fun. :)

    No Bad Stuff Pancake Recipe 1 cup all-purpose unbleached organic flour 1 cup organic, hormone-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free milk 1 Tablespoon locally-produced oil 1 Tablespoon baking powder (minimally crushed by child-labor free factories) 1 Tablespoon honey from free-range organic bees 1-2 eggs from 100% natural wild ranging bohemian gypsy chickens Using only wooden utensils, gently mix while humming a folk song; lovingly caress the egg yolks with a spatula until THEY are ready to blend in with other ingredients; Do Not Force; make the pancakes; serve only on non-Disney licensed plates. Enjoy!

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    Love it ;) Having had chickens (one left), I will note that true free range birds lay eggs that have real flavor to them. The one remaining has access to the feeder, which is filled with organic feed, but what adds the flavor is the scrounge. Bugs, worms, chainsaw chips, sawdust (you wouldn't believe the attraction), etc. But, good recipe ;)

    And if you plant marigolds they eat the flowers and the yolks go almost a sunset orange..

    I love it, I used to just add food coloring and the kids went crazy, but artwork, wow and now, I found you can make smiley faces by leaving holes in the cakes and dropping in eggs for eyes and bacon for lips while your cooking it...

    trying this tomorrow! cool idea..thanks!!

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    That is awsome i am going to try that this weekend.Awsome idea.

    I surprised my girlfriend by making her these and serving her in bed. See the picture... and see the other picture for the pancakes she made me in return!

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    Your girlfriend has one nice digitally-altered face! I just had to say that. Nice Superman pancake, though. Next time you should make Batman ones.

    I'm actually wearing a Batman t-shirt under that green plate :)

    Great Idea! My son will love it! Thanks!!!

    very easy-to-follow instructable! I'll try to make a 3D house based on your recipe.

    Awesome Idea. I might make doughnuts with them!

    That ice cream bowl is genius! THanks for the great ideas.

    I've been doing the same thing but instead of a bag, I use a squirt bottle (like a catsup or mustard bottle). If you figure out the ratio of mix to water (I just mix in a bowl) you can add the mix and water right to the bottle and shake it up and you're ready to go.

    This rocks....My kids are gonna love it tomorrow...thanks a heep for this really cool Instructable!

    I found something out one mother's day. Chocolate is like an acid when added to cooking pancakes.Right before I flipped the pancake I added a chocolate syrup (I know I spelt that wrong) heart then flipped it. It ended up burning a heart shaped hole right through the pancake. also, I tried to shape them into hearts with a spatula and ended up destroying and deforming them. Another time I tried to make a jumbo pancake using all the batter and I couldn't flip it, I had to fold it in half while still gooey. This is a very helpful instructable, I never thought of using a bag. How did you ever manage to flip the spider web?

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    The secret is to add cocoa to a separate amount of batter and use that for decorating instead of syrup.

    Chocolate is acidic, I believe. That reaction, however, is probably due to the syrup being mostly sugar, and having a high water content. The water conducts heat much faster than your batter, burning more sugar quicker than just the batter/oil combo.