Happy Friday Everybody! Guess what? Nick comes home tomorrow! The only bad part is his flight comes in very early in the morning, which means I have to get up at the crack of dawn to get out to the airport. It would not be such an issue, but I have not been able to go to sleep lately. I live in the hard knocks, seriously.
Let’s move onto food. Nick had been talking about pancakes for weeks; particularly Buttermilk Pancakes. Well, last Sunday we were scurrying around trying to get ready for his flight and I somehow managed to get up pretty early and had plenty of time to spare. While he, like most men I fear, was trying to pack for a week away the morning of his flight [I could never pack the morning of my flight] I decided to sneak out into the kitchen and try to whip up some pancakes without him knowing. Yeah, right. Me make something in the kitchen without him wandering in? It’ll be a cold day in… well, you know, before that happens! Well, I wanted to include some sort of element of surprise and then it hit me. Why not add some M & M’s? I hate to brag, but WOWZA! I added a half of cup of Peanut Butter M&M’s to the batter, because we both happen to love that kind, and these Buttermilk Pancakes became instantly irresistible. So today, for this Kid Friendly Friday segment, I present to you Peanut Butter M&M Buttermilk Pancakes.
Let’s get down to business. Here is what you will need:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 5 to 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup Peanut Butter M&M’s
*Note: You can use 3 cups buttermilk, but I opted against it!
- Heat griddle to 375 degrees
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl
- Add eggs, buttermilk and 4 tablespoons melted butter, whisk to combine
- Batter should have small to medium lumps
- Add the M&M’s
- Heat oven to 175 degrees
- Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off griddle, it is hot enough
- Using a pastry brush, brush some of the reserved melted butter on the griddle
- Using a ½ cup measuring cup, pour pancake batter in pools 2 inches away from one another
- When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, flip over; about 2 ½ minutes
- Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute
- Repeat with the remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heatproof plate in oven to keep warm!
The awesome part about these pancakes, besides the taste, is how fun they are to make; or will be to make with your kids. What kid does not want to add a handful of M&M’s to their pancakes? It’s a great way to get them involved and inspire them to be creative with ordinary breakfast foods. I was inspired by the need to surprise Nick, who thought he was only getting ordinary Buttermilk Pancakes.
I hope you give them a try with your kiddos this weekend. And, if you’re like me and don’t have any kids, I hope you give them a try while watching early morning Saturday television!
Until Next Time,
Happy Pancake Creating!