There is nothing more fun on a weekend morning than having a house full of hungry kids after a sleepover, ready to dive into the "Pancake Bar." Joining me in the kitchen today is my daughter, Michala, who loves to help set out these delicious toppings and mix-ins for her friends and their pancakes!


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1 (heaping) Tablespoon sugar
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 1 to 1 ¼ cups milk*
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or any flavoring that you would like)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Mix-Ins:
  • A bowl of chopped strawberries
  • A bowl of sliced bananas
  • 1 bowl (about 1 cup) of chocolate chips
  • A bowl (1 cup) shredded coconut

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients with a fork, and stir well to combine.  In a separate bowl, add milk, butter, vanilla and egg, then make an indention with your finger in the bowl with dry ingredients.  (Like you are digging a hole).  Add wet ingredients, mix until combined, then stop.  You do not want to over-mix.  Lightly grease and heat your pancake griddle.  Using a ladle or a small measuring cup, add your batter to the griddle, place toppings on top of batter and cook.  (You will see bubbles on the edges and that tells you it is time to flip!) Cook on both sides until lightly browned.  If making all pancakes that are the same flavor (i.e. chocolate chips), you can add those into the batter before placing on the griddle. 

*You may find that you need less milk; you may find that you need more.  Once you begin to stir your batter, you will learn each time if you want it thicker or thinner.