So if you're like me live in one of the unfortunate states affected by the Arctic Blast today and had to stay in then coming up with a day of meals for the kids was more than likely on the agenda. Honestly, I wasn't even trying to leave the bed this morning. I had planned on today being a "get your own cereal" type of day last week when I heard the words "two-day arctic blast". Low and behold the chirren popped up at the crack of dawn-literally-wanting a Christmas-type warm, hearty breakfast. Mrrrrrr. Bah Humbug.
I can't tell you the last time I made some real breakfast. During the week I prefer quick items I can grab and go, fruit or something because I'm more of a brunch, lunch, or wait so long in the day to eat you nearly pass out type of person.
I felt so bad for the poor kids when William said he wanted rainbow pancakes I decided to go for it. I was actually a little proud of his creative idea and became curious to see it in fruition. Rainbow pancakes it is.
To keep the coloring process as simple as possible I chose to combine a couple of color concepts from the rainbow spectrum (Red-Orange-Yellow-Blue-Green-Indigo-Violet). Instead of making both Yellow and Orange pancakes, I opted for Golden Yellow. Instead of making Green and Blue, I opted for Teal, and so forth. This way each color of the rainbow spectrum is included without having to make seven different colored batters, leaving us with four.
After mixing up some batter made with baking mix (oh yes I did) we separated the batter into a few bowls then carefully mixed in gel food coloring with a toothpick. At first I started to take the term literally and attempt to put each color in one pancake, but soon realized how much more effort that would take and it was a no for me. Separating the batter into 5 equal parts yielded two of each colorful pancakes and three plain.
When adding the gel food coloring start off with a small to moderate amount and build upon the color until it's vibrant. The more vibrant the better because as the bread cooks it loose color and a dull rainbow is no beuno. Be sure to mix thoroughly also, streaks don't magically cook away.
The key to a great fluffy pancake is to not over-mix the batter, fold not stir, and let to it rest for about five minutes or so before using it. This allows the air and moisture to remain in the batter for fluffy tender goodness. So let it rest before coloring, use toothpicks to stir in color, then let rest again for a sec to keep the integrity of the batter.
And there you have it. A little butter and syrup and issa wrap! I served these puppies up with some bacon and scrambled eggs. Very rewarding. Thanks, Kid.
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