There are few better ways to say "I love you" than with a tasty treat! This Valentine's Day, you and your child can spread a little love by baking up a batch of heart-shaped pancakes. This activity will not only leave you two with a delicious and beautiful breakfast, but it's also an excellent way to introduce your child to basic kitchen skills and ingredient math. Make these heart-shaped pancakes on Valentine's Day or any day when you're feeling the love.
What You Do:
- Help your child measure out the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Have him add the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir the mixture together.
- Show your child how to crack the eggs into a second bowl. Then, let him use the whisk to stir up the eggs.
- Take over duties and measure out the milk, pour it into the bowl, and continue to stir up the mixture.
- Have your child add the dry ingredients from the first bowl into the wet mixture. He should mix all the ingredients together until the batter is fairly smooth and free of any large lumps.
- Melt the butter in the microwave, and ask your child to add it into the pancake batter. Mix well.
- Take over and grease the griddle and heart-shaped cookie cutter with butter and turn the stove on.
- Wait until the butter is hot and bubbling just slightly, and then help your child measure out the first couple of pancakes. He should aim to make each pancake with about ¼ cup of batter.
- Place the heart-shaped cookie cutter on the griddle and carefully pour the batter into the cookie cutter so that it forms a heart shape. Cook the pancake until bubbles are forming at the top and the edges of the pancake appear to be pulling away from the cookie cutter. (Pro tip: To ensure that your pancakes keep their shape, cover the batter with a metal pot lid while cooking the first side.)
- Remove the cookie cutter from the grill and flip the pancake. The pancake is completely done once each side has turned a warm, golden brown.
- Finish cooking all the batter, and then let the pancakes cool just slightly. Help your child cut each pancake into a large heart shape.
The pancakes are ready to to enjoy! Cover them with a combination of butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit for an extra-special treat. Happy Valentine's Day!