When I think of breakfast the first thing I think of is cereal.
BUT. The second thing I think of is a nice warm stack of pancakes crammed with anything from chocolate chips to banana slices to peanut butter to caramel.
But then there’s the boyfriend who goes from culinary expert to Plain Jane in the blink of an eye.
The initial mission of this post was to turn boring rough around the edges generic pancake mix into something beautiful. Something…yumtastic.
First I did a little research on what homemade pancakes involved as well as how to make boxed mix taste a little more ‘form the heart’ per-say. The answer was simple, just incorporate a little buttermilk, vanilla extract, maybe a little almond extract, as well as some cinnamon for a finer touch.
(i used these fine lads)
For starters I gathered all of my ‘stuff’
- Pancake Mix:
- Chocolate Chips
- Almond and Vanilla Extract
For myself I sliced up a banana and dumped some chocolate chips into a bowl to incorporate into my ‘breakfast’ pancake. (more like dessert, but i’m ok with that)
As for converting Plain Jane’s pancakes into something a little more festive I decided to go with Mancakes, a little idea I received from a friend where you take some already cooked bacon (a man’s best friend) and pour some pancake batter over it. Brilliant. With a little maple syrup poured over those jacks you’ll have yourself some maple bacon pancakes.
Here comes the upsetting part. I grew up making pancakes using a pretty modern griddle which just heats evenly and holds the correct temperature. Being an unprepared college student that i am, i didn’t bring one to school with me which resulted in me using the ever popular frying pan. Let’s just say that it didn’t work out so well.
The pancakes were very uneven, the first batch was very very well done, (burnt) and many of them just weren’t cooked all the way through even though the outsides were on the verge of being charcoal.
In the end we ended up with raw/burnt pancakes and many lessons learned. (also a lot of blurry photos). But it’s ok, next time ill just stick with eggs.