Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grandpa Pitalo's Pancakes (with a twist)

4 cups flour
4 heaping teaspoons baking powder (I use Rumford)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable work well)
4 bananas, mashed
2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. In large bowl, stir together 2 cups milk, eggs and oil. Add flour mixture to milk and eggs and mix until blended. Add bananas and nutmeg and 1/2 cup milk. Stir until well blended. Let sit for 5 minutes. Heat griddle to 375 degrees or over medium-high on stovetop. Using paper towel dipped in oil, grease griddle. Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake onto griddle. Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles have formed on surface and popped before turning over; cook on other side for another 1 1/2-2 minutes. Serve with butter (please, no margarine) and syrup of choice.

Makes about 16 4" pancakes ~unless you make shapes like I did when my kids were little~ you can be creative and do something simple like a heart or more elaborate like a cowboy or ballerina~ it just takes some practice, but the kids love it!!

Helpful Hint- If you are making a lot of pancakes, you can keep them warm in a crock-pot by stacking them in a circular pattern. This works well for keeping them toasty but not drying them out!!

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