Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Day Tradition

We have a New Year's Day tradition to eat pancakes, which I then often shape into the numbers that represent the new year. I say "often" because last year I couldn't get my numbers to form right so I made typical circle pancakes and used a cookie cutter to make the numbers in them.

I was tempted to do that again this year, but it's honestly so much more fun to get pancakes shaped like numbers, so I threw caution to the wind, evacuated everyone from the kitchen (Mr S's new Ds Xl made a huge distraction for them) and then I set to work.

I took a quarter cup measurer and scooped up batter and then drizzled it into the pan to get the correct number shapes. Now, that ones pictured above were actually quite good, I was especially impressed with the number 2, but as you can see from a "final" picture at the start of this post, not all the numbers were perfect. No one cares, they taste just as yummy no matter how they are shaped!

Flip them over to finish cooking them and then dump them on a plate! Or, you know put them there nicely all facing the right direction and shout out, "PANCAKES!" All though, if you have starving boys like I do, I'd suggest you put the pancakes on the counter, hide in the pantry and then scream, "PANCAKES!" Fair warning and all that you know..

We top our pancakes around here with 100% maple syrup, but that's only because my boys think I'm completely crazy for telling them as a kid we use to top them with applesauce. Mr S, on the other hand, prefers to top them with whipped cream and passionfruit syrup. In fact, Mr S's Mum was in awe that I was feeding people pancakes for breakfast. You see, in America pancakes are a typical breakfast food, especially on the weekends for many people. You might even see people eat them for dinner sometimes, but in Australia people have them for desert. Personally, my kids don't care when they get them, so long as they get a pancake fix every now and again. I usually use this pancake recipe here, subbing 3 scoops of stevia or coconut sugar for the sugar called for. You can also make the recipe up the night before and tuck it in the fridge to save time.

1 comment:

Eliza said...

I'm an Aussie in the US (long-time reader through RSS, very infrequent poster).

Love your pancakes. Growing up in Oz we used to eat pancakes for breakfast but topped with strawberries and whipped cream or lemon juice and sugar.

I don't recall having them for dinner, with the exception of pikelets. (Mmmm!)

The one thing that is different is the concept in Australia of what an American pancake is and to be honest, I still can't figure it out. (You know, normal pancake or large flapjack.)

Happy new year!