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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Play With Your Food: Day 4 Puffy Pancakes and Green Eggs

At our house we love to eat Brinner. (You know breakfast for dinner. We got the name from a Scrubs episode. Yes we are a little dorky.)
Often my kids won't eat the regular pancakes and eggs (they can be so difficult). So I have come up with a couple of variations on these that my kids love gobble up every time.

Puffy Pancakes

Before cooking:

After cooking:


6 large eggs
1 cup milk1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tblsp. butter

Preheat oven to 450'. Put 2 tblsp. butter in 2 pie plates. Put in oven to melt while it preheats. (Be sure to watch it as it can burn if left in too long.) Meanwhile combine eggs, milk, flour and salt. Beat with hand mixer until it is fluffy and the lumps are gone. Divide batter into the two pie plates. Bake at 450' for 20 minutes. Serve with syrup, fresh fruit or jam.

My kids love to sit by the oven and watch the pancakes puff up. It's like magic to them. I thinks that's why they love to eat them. They are really tasty too!

Green Eggs

Just add a couple of drops of food coloring to your normal eggs. Beat and cook like normal.

Add a couple of peices of ham lunch meat to the side and presto you have the classic children's book come to life. If you want you can also read Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" while the kids eat.

A variation of this can be using different colors of food coloring. We have often have blue and pink eggs. The sky's the limit.

Also as a science experiment you could have the kids mix the colors and see what kind of eggs they get. (If you do this don't let them mix all the colors as you will likely get brown. I won't even mention what my seven year old said the brown eggs looked like. I let you all use your imaginations.)

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