Father’s Day & Pancake Art

A few weeks before Father’s Day, Eric and I stumbled upon the article about the Dad that makes these super elaborate pancakes for his kids. You can see them here. My husband, who loves art, wanted to try his hand at pancake art, too. My Mom had been looking for a good Father’s Day present for him and I mentioned that a pancake pen would be perfect! Like things in our life usually do, everything just fell into place ending with Eric asking me to make him pancakes for Dad’s Day. I thought, “How perfect! We’ll give him the pancake pen right before I cook the batter!”

I’ve got to say, pancake art is so freakin’ fun! I can’t wait for Logan to be old enough to start requesting certain pancake shapes. I was having a blast watching Eric create multiple animals. He makes it look so effortless! I could no more create pancake art than rewire electrical on a house. It’s just not in my skill set, but I am a great cook, so together Eric and I make some pretty awesome pancakes! 
The recipe we use for the pancake batter is:
3/4 cup milk
1/2 a lemon or orange
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
  1 teaspoon baking powder
  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
To sour your milk, take the half a lemon/orange and squeeze the juice in. Make sure to use a barrier or you’ll get seeds in your batter.  And yes, I have done this. Eric still makes jokes about it! Let it sit for 5 minutes. Or for thicker & fluffier batter, use buttermilk. 
After that, add the rest of your ingredients and stir until smooth.
I like to start heating my griddle, on 5 or 6, when I start mixing in my ingredients so that the cast iron has a uniform heat. This process has taken a lot of trial and error. I also don’t put my butter down on the griddle until right before I’m ready to cook the pancakes. If you put it on too early, your butter will burn and that is not delicious. I will say, I can heat up our cast iron like this because it is seasoned with olive oil, for other kinds of griddles, you know your cookware best, so it’s your call. 
Once your griddle is hot and buttered, it’s the usual rigamarole. I use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop out and pour. Wait until you see bubbles, flip, cook a few minutes, remove and repeat. Simple.
Or for pancake art, pour batter into pancake pen and go to town (same concept once the batter is in the pan–bubbles, flip, cook, & remove)!
One note: you may need to adjust level of flour or milk to make the batter the right consistency for your pancake pen. I thought it would need to be thin and added too much milk. Next time, we’re going to leave it thicker so Eric has better control of how much comes out while he’s drawing. 
Once you’re done cooking, eat & enjoy! So tasty! 

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