If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift idea for a friend/neighbor/teacher; tell them "Christmas morning, breakfast is on me."  Include in a gift bag or gift basket Christmas plates (you can find them for $1 to $2; pancake mix, (decorate a jar with either paint pens or a decorative ribbon); the recipe for the wet ingredients to add and of course, pancake syrup.

  • 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

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, 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.  

*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.

**At Christmas time, I like to add Egg Nog to the batter rather than milk.  Because Egg Nog is thicker, you’ll need a little bit more than milk.  Add nutmeg and cinnamon for Christmas pancakes.