Breakfast For Dinner: Fast Pancakes

(From sheily on sxc.hu)
(From sheily on sxc.hu)

Pancakes for Supper

Serves 4

This recipe may not work for more than 4 people, but it might, once you get a rhythm worked out. Practice on a non-rushed evening. Make it a contest and use a stop watch. Give yourselves gold stars - make it fun.

You can also make pancakes ahead of time, and freeze them in zipper freezer bags with waxed paper between them (they'll last at least a month)! Just heat in the oven a few minutes or the microwave for about a minute. Too long and they'll bounce.

Make your pancakes any size or thickness that works for your situation on any particular night. Make your own pancake rules..

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Fast Meals

Speed of Preparation and Speed of Service take planning!

First, keep your stove-top and kitchen counter top completely clean and organized at all times. You need room. Clutter will slow you down and create frustration.

Next, set the table the night before or early in the morning. The kids can help. Sit down to eat pancakes, unless you make a roll-up filled with ingredients and you can carry it with you (sausage and cheese, fruit and cream cheese, etc.)

If you want to have pancakes for supper one or two nights in a week, keep a griddle on your stove top that crosses two burners on one side of the cook-top, front-to-back. A long rectangular electric griddle on the counter top is fine as well.

In the morning, put the griddle in place, get out a large mixing bowl, stirring spoon, clean dish towel, and box or bag of pancake mix or self-rising floor and put it all on the counter top. If you use oil in the mix, set the bottle out on the counter or measure what you need into a small owl of cup and cover to protect form spilling.

If you use eggs in the mix, get them out and put them in the bowl on top of the clean towel. They will be OK for a day out of the refrigerator unless in hot inside your house. Tell everyone not to play with the raw eggs.

Take a measuring cup and measure out the milk you will need and set the cup in the refrigerator so as to not spill. I use a can of evaporated milk and that can just sit on the counter. You can also measure out the pancake mix into another bowl and cover it with a towel or a plate so that you don't have to measure that night at dinner.

Try this one sometime!

Large pancake dusted with powdered sugar, topped with cranberries and vamilla ice cream.
Large pancake dusted with powdered sugar, topped with cranberries and vamilla ice cream. | Source
Rollups.
Rollups. | Source
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan

I could use a few smiles on my plate in the morning - how about you?

 
Tovolo Pancake Pen
Tovolo Pancake Pen

Ever get tired of trying to spoon batter into the pan neatly? Use this squeeze tool for easy pancakes.

 

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Preparing Dinner Fast

WHEN YOU GET HOME

Turn on the griddle or two stove burners.

Wet the towel until damp and put it under the bowl to keep it from slipping as you stir.

Get the milk out of the refrigerator.

Mix your ingredients.

Test a spoonful of batter on the griddle to see if it is hot enough.

When hot, make pancakes and sit them on a plate and fill individually

OR

Place pancakes (1 large or 2 small) on each plate and top with any of these items:

  • Butter

  • Jam

  • Fruit compote

  • Confectioners sugar

  • Light brown sugar and cinnamon

  • Honey

  • Syrup

  • Fresh fruit

  • Cream cheese

  • Sour cream

  • Pudding

  • Whipped topping or Whipped cream

For a rollup you can carry in a table napkin, use any of these:

  • Bulk sausage or kielbasa-style, sliced; cooked the day before and heated in microwave. Even chicken meat will work, like your good imagination.

  • Shredded cheeses (you can mix these right into the batter if you like)

  • Fruit pieces (fresh or canned, drained) and whipped cream.

  • Thick jam, peanut butter and/or butter.

  • Anything else that is not too drippy.

Enjoy! -- I hope you have fun with pancakes.

Just for Fun

The Pancake Rocks
The Pancake Rocks

Where Are the Pancake Rocks?

Punakaiki is located on the west coast of New Zealand and is most well known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.Children love the concept of such tall stacks of pancakes!

The rocks look a little like giant stacks of pancakes, with rather smaller ones at the tops. They are made of limestone sculpted by the local winds and rains. The western coast is full of underground caves and streams as well as cliffs by the sea, all very interesting to explore.

This area is popular for hiking and horse riding along the western edge of the Paparoa National Park by the Tasman Sea. Scheduled hiking includes the Pancake Rocks are sketcked out nicely for families that like to walk for 20 or 30 minutes. A couple of othe hikes require two hours, with one aditional walk being an overnighter. Visitors also like to birdwatch, fish, surf, kayak, and take part in many other activites here.

Punakaiki and Pancake Rocks

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Yum,yum,yum! My whole gang was home for breakfast. Guess what we had? Yap pancakes. Next time I'll try your recipe; just for fun.

regards Zsuzsy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Good, Zsuzsy! I like quick pancakes very much.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

I don't eat pancakes often because they aren't my favorite, but this made me hungry for them! I like to put peanut butter and a bit of syrup on them.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Sounds pretty good. I don't eat peanut butter often myself, but I like it with honey.


highwaystar 8 years ago

Patty, great recipes...thanks, I've always got room for a pancake or two, lol... you know you could easily take the health aspect to a whole new level by including buck wheat flour as base, then adding live raw foods like yogurt, sprouts, etc, very delicious and nutritious.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I was wondering how to do that and here you have provided the information. Thank you very much!


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I have always had a yearning for pancakes.

Thanks for the help.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Not always do they appeal to me, Mr. Marmalade, but today, they reached out and grabbed me with their tiny pancake thoughts. haha


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Great Hub...I like to grate fresh granny smith apple in the batter..makes for another good pancake. G-Ma :O)


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Yippity 8 years ago from USA

Yummy Yummy Yummy Pancakes!

Great Pancake Hub! So glad you shared...Almost talked me in to making some and it is 1 am. But wait, seems like that is the best time for a Pancake!

Have a Dynamic Day!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

My kids love pancakes for dinner! It's a family tradition - my mom used to do it for us every now and then. I never even condisered freezing them - great idea!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

G-Ma! - those apples sound delicious and I'm going to try them.

Yippity - I've made pancakes at 1 am. More delcious in the middle of the night...

amy jane - growing up, we had pancakes about once every month or six weeks for dinner. My mother was not able to cook very well for the most part, but she made great pancakes and waffles. They tasted like she enjoyed making them, too! They were pretty quick and she could relax after a quick cleanup.


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goez40 8 years ago from florida

I like to take to medium size pancakes and put grits between them with real maple syrup on them, Yummy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Oh yes GRITS!!! I would put grits and cheese and some crumbled bacon. I'm HUNGRY now!! Thank you so much.


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

Patty - How do you make the thin pancakes to roll up? They look more like crepes, and I never mastered that art either. Is it doable with pancake batter?


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Kat07 - I don't make them too thin, but I make the batter a little thinner with mor emile and then I just make them a little larger in diameter so they will roll easier. You can get a crepe "cooker" or a crepe pan but it's a bit more of a hassle for me.

Thanks for visiting my Hub!


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

That's a great tip, thanks! I think my husband would go for the rolled pancake with sausage idea!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I hope they come out really well that he loves them. :)


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Evelyn Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

My kids love pancakes. The pictures here sure look yummy! I'm going to make that for breakfast again tomorrow.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I hoipe you like some of these variationos we have listed in the hub and the discussion. This has been a fun thread.

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