Coinciding with the days of the end of the year and the arrival of the Magi it occurred to me to encourage breakfast a little to the little ones of the house and make figures with pancakes. What better reason to spend a little time preparing breakfast than to get that wonderful smile of children when you arrive at the table and discover that the pancakes are shaped like bells, trees, stars and the occasional "Happy 2018".
It's been a while since I shared the recipe for the dough of pancakes and some other tricks, so I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to do them again. I'll admit it's not the fanciest pancake art in the world, but they say intention is what counts. I assure you that it is very pleasant to surprise you like this and discover that you can identify what it is.
There is so much inspiration for crepes around this time that I had trouble deciding what to do, in the end I decided to go for the easiest ones for me to make. I have already promised the guys that I will do more and that they will give me more ideas and test if I can reproduce them (hopefully they are not too ambitious).
How to make shapes with pancakes
- Make your pancake batter.
- Pass the pancake batter through a strainer to remove any lumps, it is important for normal pancakes but it is essential to be able to make the figures.
- Pour the pancake batter into a piping bag or plastic bottle that you can squeeze out.
- Heat the skillet.
- Pour the dough following the drawing of the figure you are going to make.
- Flip the pancake.
- It serves.
Some tips to make your pancakes "almost" perfect.
- Try to make the drawing on paper first, if you can't draw it with a pen, you won't be able to do it with the dough.
- Strain the batter because otherwise the lumps will clog the bottle and then it will splatter and form a big mess. If you find that a lump is stuck in the bottle cap, do not squeeze it over the pan, uncover the bottle and remove the lump.
- Make a test pancake first. I don't know why, but the first pancake always comes out different from the rest, so make a small round pancake and that will be yours to try and enjoy while you keep making the others.
- When the pan is hot, take it off the heat before you begin to shape the shape. Moving it away from the fire gives you a little more time to draw it.
- Don't lift the edges to see if it's the correct color already, once it's lost contact with the pan it won't brown in the same way. Just keep a close eye on it and when you see the edges turn brown, it's time to flip it.
- Have fun and don't worry if they look a little rough or uneven - they will still taste delicious!
I hope these tips are helpful and you are tempted to give them a try.