Christmas pancake ideas

By on March 27th, 2016

Pancakes are an integral part of holiday breakfast in many families. This may be the one day a year where dad heads to the kitchen to whip up his special pancakes. Whatever your family tradition, or even if you don’t have a tradition, these Christmas-themed pancakes will get you thinking about what you can come up with this year.

Pancake batter can be made quite easily from scratch but if you prefer, a mix like Bisquick or even Aunt Jemima’s works well. There are even frozen pancakes that can be used. This is all about having a Christmas-themed pancake whether you are a from scratch cook, or one who prefers the convenience of pre-packaged.

Basic pancake recipe: (courtesy of Betty Crocker)

1 large egg

1 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon granulated or packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

or

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1 cup milk

2 eggs

Both of these recipes will make between 10 and 12 medium pancakes, if you want more just double or triple the recipe.

Now that you know how to make the basic pancakes, how do you make them Christmas-themed?

Red and green are the traditional Christmas colors. One way to make your pancakes Christmas-themed is to make them red and/or green. Red is easy to accomplish with either some berry juice in place of some of the milk or with red food coloring. Green coloring can also be accomplished with green food coloring. You can use either liquid or paste.

Once the pancakes are cooked, you can either served them stacked one red and one green in their normal round shape ,or you can use a large cookie cutter to cut them into Christmas-themed shaped. The green works well for Christmas tree shapes or for holly. The red can be cut into bell shapes, candy canes or of course good old “Santa Claus.”

If you are not much of a cook and want to use the frozen pancakes, these can be cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. You won’t get the red or green color unless you buy some squeeze tubes of cake decorating frosting and decorate the pancakes with these. Or why not let the kids do their own decorating before they add the syrup.

Another way to make a Christmas-themed pancake is with the flavor. Candy canes are a Christmas favorite and adding a few drops of peppermint flavoring to the batter will make it reminiscent of a candy cane. You can go a step further and make whipped cream with crushed candy cane to place on top.

Peppermint also goes very well with chocolate, so adding chocolate chips to your batter with a little peppermint flavoring will make for a delicious Christmas tradition.

Dried fruits are also very traditional at Christmas time. Adding some finely chopped dried cherries or cranberries to the pancake batter will give them a Christmas theme. Nuts also go well with dried fruit and of course, chocolate goes well with just about anything.

Another Christmas favorite is eggnog. The main flavor besides for eggs in eggnog is nutmeg. You could easily replace the milk in your pancakes with eggnog and give the family some pancakes that they will be talking about for the rest of the day.

There are many ways to create a Christmas-themed pancake. Whatever your family tradition or tastes, you can easily find a way to translate it into this universally loved breakfast food.

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