Weekend breakfasts bring back childhood memories for me.
When I was younger, my brother and I used to wake up kind of early. When my stomach started grumbling after an hour of watching Scooby Doo, we would run into my parents’ bedroom. After poking, prodding and jumping on the bed, my dad would finally awaken, and we would beg him to make a special breakfast.
Every weekend we would help him whip up scrambled eggs, waffles, muffins, biscuits or cinnamon rolls with gooey frosting. However, one breakfast always topped the others . . .
Mickey Ear Pancakes!
I don’t have a picture of my dad’s flapjacks, but the following image is similar to the pancakes he used to make.
Photo courtesy of Jobonga.
In the spirit of childhood memories and the holiday season, I’d like to share a simple but sweet recipe with you today.
Although the following healthy hotcakes I made during Thanksgiving break don’t resemble the beloved mouse, you could easily drop two extra scoops of batter on top of the rounds to create ears for these thin but fluffy flapjacks.
Whole-Wheat Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes
Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
Serving size: Eight pancakes
Total preparation and cooking time: 25-30 minutes
One cup white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour (I used King Arthur’s White Whole-Wheat Flour)
Two tablespoons brown sugar
Two teaspoons baking powder
One teaspoon salt
One cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Two tablespoons canola oil
Two tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Pour in the milk, oil, egg and vanilla, and mix until well blended. Stir in the strawberries.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, and coat with butter or cooking spray.
- Pour batter into desired size of pancakes. Flip with a spatula when bubbles appear in the center. Cook until golden brown on the other side.
- Top with whipped cream and maple syrup, if desired.
Did your parents ever make special weekend breakfasts?