There are some things we can’t remember about our childhood and some memories that are crystal clear. There are also those moments that were captured on a video and we, after watching that video, adopted the memory as our own, even if we were too young to actually remember the occasion. Or perhaps a story was told so many times that we feel we remember being there.
One memory of mine happened more often than not on Saturday mornings during my childhood. My dad would fire up the griddle, melt some butter, and cook up a big stack of pancakes for my brothers and I. Maple syrup was a must. No substitutes would do.
Amongst my many recollections of Saturday morning pancake breakfasts, one morning stands out very clearly to me. My dad loved to flip the pancakes into the air. I remember thinking how entertaining and impressive it was! But know that when I was thinking that I was very young, so I was probably thinking more along the lines of “Cool!” and “Awesome!” and “Wow!”. One particular morning my daddy was flipping pancakes… both on the griddle and into the air… and he flipped one just a tad too high. It landed smack dab on top of the large light fixture that hung above the kitchen. It wasn’t a light fixture like you might be picturing right now. It was a big ‘ol wooden rectangle with fluorescent lights built into it with plastic shades to cover the lights. Well, a pancake got flipped up there and we all burst into laughter until we cried. My dad played it up of course and that made it all the more delightful for us kids.
Sometimes I wonder if that pancake is still up there. Sitting alone in dusty solitude.
Just kidding. My dad got it down and it was dusty. Not because it had been sitting for a long time, but because the light fixture was high up and not easily dusted. It was more a Spring cleaning/ Winter washing dusting job. Did you like that? Winter Washing. Just made it up. Oh dear. Now Winter will come and I’ll feel I need to do my Winter Washing. Darn. I’m already trying to avoid Spring Cleaning. Have I missed that yet? Don’t answer that.
Whether or not you flip these Petite Pancakes into the air, you are going to flip over how cute and fluffy and colorful they are! I start with a boxed mix to make the process a bit easier. You can eat them with whatever toppings you like… OR you can try them with these luscious, easy-to-make Mango & Mixed Berry Toppings.
You are going to LOVE how they look on the table. So colorful!
Let’s make ’em!
I started by measuring out two and a half cups of NON-complete pancake mix into a large bowl. Give it a good whisk to get all the lumps out.
(Note: “NON-Complete Mix is NOT the mix you just have to add water to. You DO NOT want the “Complete” mix. The directions on the box should tell you that you need something like oil, eggs, and water. I like to use Krusteaz. Their mixes are my favorite!)
Next you separate three eggs. Put the whites into a medium bowl and set it aside.
The egg yolks get dropped in with 2 cups of milk. I used 2% because that’s currently what’s taking up the top shelf of my fridge.
And one and a half teaspoons of vanilla extract.
Give those wet ingredients a really good whisk and then pour them right into large bowl with your dry mix.
Give that another good whisk. Lots of whisking. Your arm will get a workout! You’re definitely going to need some pancakes to eat for sustenance. Good thing you’re making some.
Pour in four tablespoons of butter. You can do this because you are getting such a good workout from all the whisking.
Now move back to that egg white you set aside.
Beat it up.
Yes. You heard me. BEAT IT UP. A workout and aggression relief all in one recipe!
Beat it until it forms good soft peaks.
Then add it in with everything else.
Fold them in as gently as possible with a spatula. DO NOT whisk it in. DO NOT stir it in. DO NOT beat it in.
FOLD THEM IN.
FOLD THEM IN.
FOLD THEM IN.
Did I say ‘FOLD THEM IN’?
Well, DO IT!
Pardon the yelling. But it IS necessary. You’ll find out why.
At first you will doubt me. You will think, “This will never mix in! Enough with this folding!!”
As you continue to fold, you will doubt me more.
But DON’T GIVE UP!!
Eventually the mixture WILL become smooth again. The folding process is necessary so that you keep some of that air you incorporated into the egg whites. This will help to give you that “lighter-than-air” pancake that you were promised! So don’t skip this step. Or everything will be ruined. Sure your pancakes will still be tasty. But they won’t be clouds…
Now heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium to medium-low heat. And melt some butter.
I’m not sure what happened to my hand and arm in this picture. I look white as a ghost. Certainly this is not the hand and arm of an Arizona-bred girl.
Drop your pancakes by heaping teaspoon-full into the pan or onto the griddle. When you see several little bubbles appear on top of the pancakes, it’s time to flip them! I’m getting hungry!
Then let them finish cooking on the other side until they are browned how you like them.
Keep the pancakes warm while you make the toppings!!!
These toppings are what give the pancakes their FLARE!
I’ll show you the Mango and the Mixed Berry Toppings at the same time because they are basically the same recipe with different fruit. Are you ready for this?
1/4 cup sugar.
Three tablespoons orange juice.
One tablespoon water.
This time with: Frozen blueberries and strawberries.
1/4 cup sugar.
Three tablespoons of orange juice.
One tablespoon of water.
You even cook both toppings the same!
Bring to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Turn the heat down slightly. Let the mixture simmer for about ten minutes. Be sure to stir it FREQUENTLY!!
Transfer the cooked fruit mixture to a food processor or blender.
Puree. And POUR!
Time to serve!
And to eat!
Hope you try them for breakfast or brunch soon! Maybe even your upcoming Easter Brunch!
Here’s your PRINTABLE RECIPE.
Happy Pancake Flipping!