Introduction: Be a Breakfast Hero

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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.

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

Step 1: The Batter

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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

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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

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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

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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!


kelsium (author)2010-07-28

Love the triangle pancake tower....yummy!

kelsium (author)2010-07-28

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

steffkyser (author)2007-11-16

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!

KD7WHQ (author)steffkyser2007-11-17

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 ;)

Big Bwana (author)KD7WHQ2008-06-04

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

Big Bwana (author)2008-06-04

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...

anngel369 (author)2008-05-04

trying this tomorrow! cool idea..thanks!!

chef (author)2008-03-05

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

idiosigil (author)2007-07-01

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!

Mr. Deeds (author)idiosigil2008-03-01

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.

idiosigil (author)Mr. Deeds2008-03-02

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

saad_3122000 (author)2007-12-18

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

zozzen (author)2007-12-09

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

Fizzxwizz (author)2007-12-08

Awesome Idea. I might make doughnuts with them!

joknrok (author)2007-11-19

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

robtsou (author)2007-11-17

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.

Wolver (author)2007-11-17

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

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-06-16

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?

DeadlyDad (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2007-11-16

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

zachninme (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2007-06-27

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.

I have a big spatula.

I need one of those badly.

srilyk (author)2007-11-16

You could actually go to wal*mart and pick up a cheap frosting nozzle. Then you wouldn't have to worry as much about cutting the right size hole. Awesome instructable though!

crazy artist chick (author)2007-05-05

That's awesome! I love all your submissions! They are amazing. Your kids must be so stoked!!! I really hope you win the laser!

laser-cut pancakes?

At Liberty (author)2007-11-15

You're a very nice Dad :o) I think the good Dad factor counteracts the white flour and sugar. Happy Thanksgiving!

Marjamada (author)2007-11-15

I hope alternative points of view are encouraged here. Are we concerned about the nutritional and other health aspects of the food we feed our children and ourselves? While flour, white sugar - has anybody heard of whole food? Refined and packaged foods do not contribute to health, they create acidity, constipation, diabetes and numerous other health problems. Our children and we deserve better. Whole food is available just about everywhere, and it works just as well in recipes. It also tastes better. Here's to your health!

steffkyser (author)2007-11-15

No Secret Pancake Recipe 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 Tablespoon oil 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1 Tablespoon sugar 1-2 eggs Mix with a wisk (no lumps); make the pancakes

cdogjune (author)2007-11-15

I've done this too. Getting out all the lumps is really important.

dave spencer (author)2007-05-12

I mentioned in step 4 that I made a bowl out of pancakes. Today I made one so I thought I would share it with you. I made it out of triangle pieces instead of circles. I know a lot of you commenters said you were going to try to make your own pancakes, lets see some of your pictures.

tcabeen (author)dave spencer2007-11-15

HOLY WOW. This completely rules. Where's the creativity in breakfast, any more? All sorts of creativity in dinners with molecular gastronomy and all that crazy stuff, but breakfast is The Most Important Meal Of The Day, and it deserves its due! You, Dave Spencer, are giving breakfast the attention it so richly deserves, and I commend you for that. Now I gotta go find a good recipe and get started.

Aerospaced (author)2007-11-04

My dad used to do that when I was little. WOW I miss those days.

Tungsten (author)2007-05-04

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

Tungsten (author)Tungsten2007-08-31

An additional step which makes a nice contrast is to add some blueberry juice to the batter you put in the bag. You then proceed to make your shapes/letters/designs then fill them in or cover them with the non-juiced batter. This really makes the designs stand out nicely!!!!!

PP (author)2007-08-04

Saw this a while back and tried it a couple weekends ago. Here's a pic of my first attempt - we'll be doing this many more times. Thanks!

connorcancount! (author)2007-08-02

i like the flip action in the third picture, your son is cute!

threecheersfornick (author)2007-08-02

Awesome! I'm a gonna havta try this.

tina1919 (author)2007-05-06

Cool idea but I'm even more amazed that so many Dad's know how to make breakfast. But now that I know I will be taking 1 morning off a week. Pancake instructions and marriage tips all in one.

kathynv (author)tina19192007-07-30

Don't be surprised, Tina, lots of Dads know how to cook and do so regularly for the sprouts. My own DD does as much cooking as I do, and often makes dishes which are quite complicated to master (homemade ravioli with homemade sauce for an ordinary Sunday dinner, anyone?) The nice thing about having two parents who know/like cooking is that no one ends up seeing it as an unavoidable chore. Back on topic: those pancakes look incredible, and I can understand why your gorgeous children go crazy over them. They might like a little twist by adding a few colored nonpareils from the cake decorating aisle at the market. Just sprinkle a few of them on the "raw" side of the pancake, just before flipping, then get the pancake out of the moment the inside is cooked, to prevent the decoration from burning. You can do the same with Chocolate Jimmies and Chocolate chips. I agree with the other poster who said that homemade is best, but if that means there are days you'll not make breakfast because it is too much trouble, beef it up with a llittle sprinkle of connamon or a couple of drops of vanilla. It will have a much less "boxed" taste, while retaining all the features of mix with water.

AdamK (author)2007-06-27

When I was a kid my dad would always make me Mickey Mouse pancakes by making a big one with two little small ones for ears. Great idea!! I love it!

Mr.Cire (author)2007-06-18

spider man!!

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-06-17

We just bought a boat a few days ago so today, father's day, I made some speedboat shaped pancakes, one in the shape of our dog's head with blueberry eyes, and that wording pancake with #1 dad on it (like the one in the photo with the B).

Punkguyta (author)2007-05-13

This is sad, not the part about making the special shapes, because that is really cool. But that powder crap you mix with water is just really really really sad because it has no nuitrients in it and not a really good mixture as far as taste. I make it from scratch. It uses flour,sugar,baking powder (not baking soda!) vanilla, ect, ect,. If anyone wants the recipe for it pm me and we'll figure something out. I will tell you now, it tastes muccchhh better,

dave spencer (author)Punkguyta2007-05-13

Alright! How about posting the recipe right here...

Punkguyta (author)dave spencer2007-05-15

I dunno man, family recipe.

dave spencer (author)Punkguyta2007-05-21

So Punkguyta sent me his recipe to try out and I have to say it was awesome. I have PM'd him to ask him to put it up here for all to try. If not he should at least do his own instructable on it.

Punkguyta (author)dave spencer2007-05-21

I'll prolly make an instructable to reserve copy writing and whatnot. I'll try to put it up early this week.

Rufush H (author)Punkguyta2007-06-16

Unfortunately, while collections of recipes (e.g. cookbooks) are copyrightable, in general, individual recipes are not eligible for copyright protection. (I am a copyright attorney.) But I recommend letting others enjoy your recipe regardless.

Punkguyta (author)Rufush H2007-06-16

Not until I have time to make an instructable for the recipe so I can have some kind of credibility.

dave spencer (author)Punkguyta2007-05-21

cool- feel free to link to it from here.

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