What You Need:
- One batch of pancake batter (recipe for sweet-potato pancakes follows)
- Skillet or nonstick frying pan
- Butter or cooking spray
- Chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, or other decorations
What You Do:
- Coat a skillet or nonstick frying pan with butter or cooking spray, and heat the pan until it is very warm.
- Help your child scoop out about two tablespoons of pancake batter with a spoon and lay the batter in a circle shape on the hot pan. Remind him to be careful around the hot pan!
- Have your child use the spoon again to lay two smaller, longer scoops of batter on top of the circle to form bunny ears.
- Let the batter cook until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, then help your child use the spatula to flip the pancake over, being careful to keep the ears intact.
- Continue cooking the pancake (and flipping it further, if necessary) until it is browned and done all the way through.
- Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate to cool, and hand your child the decoration items. Have him form bunny faces on the pancakes by using chocolate chips for eyes and a mini marshmallow for a nose. Finally, help him eat the pancakes!
This activity is wonderful for encouraging your child’s creativity. Have him form faces on several pancakes using different foods, such as fresh berries, banana slices, raisins, or powdered sugar. And these pancakes aren’t just for Easter; whip up a batch on any lazy morning when you feel the creative spirit and hunger pangs strike!
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Makes 12–15 pancakes.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ¾ cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (about 1 large potato)
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, sweet potatoes, butter, and vanilla. Stir to combine the two mixtures (a couple of lumps are okay). Lightly grease a skillet and heat to medium-high. Pour ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto the skillet. Cook 2–4 minutes, then flip and cook 1–2 more minutes until done.