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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Isn’t it funny how some things turn into traditions with our kids?  Heart shaped pancakes are one of those little spur of the moment ideas, that turned into an essential Valentine’s day tradition.  Feel free to join us in this little tradition tonight … we’re having them for dinner … romantic don’t you think?  I’m thinking whipped sweetened cream and fresh strawberries will help.

Mutti’s Feather Pancakes

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk*
2 tablespoons salad oil.

* For thinner pancakes, add 2 more tablespoons of milk to batter.

Put frying pan on stove and turn on heat to low.
While the pan is heating, make the pancake batter.
Do not put oil in the pan until the batter is prepared.

In a large bowl, combine egg and oil. Add milk. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and add to egg/oil/milk combination, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Put just enough oil in the frying pan to coat the bottom and up the sides of the pan about 1/2 inch.

Pour about 1/2 cup batter into the center of the pan. Watch for bubbles to come up in the pancake. Then watch for the outer edge of the pancake to look “dry”. The bubbles and the dry look are indicators that it is time to turn the pancake over. After flipping the pancake over, you should see the pancake puff up. Wait just a little for the second side to brown and remove the pancake to a plate.

The above recipe makes about eight 4-inch pancakes, so for our family of seven, I typically triple the recipe and make larger pancakes.

To make the heart shape, put the batter into a large multi-cup spouted measuring cup.  Quickly pour the batter on the pan in the shape of a V.  It will naturally spread into a heart shape.  You may need to thin your batter slightly with milk to get a good pouring/spreading consistency.  Sprinkle with Valentine sprinkles or min-chocolate chips.

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