Dinner In A Pinch! mini {FLUFFY} Pancakes!


Wasn’t feeling too hot today….took a MEGA nap this afternoon (which is SO uncharacteristic for me as to be almost SCARY!)…and really didn’t have it in me to “make” dinner.

So we had pancakes.

I don’t consider pancakes as technically “making dinner”…because I literally add water to the pancake mix in the bag in my pantry and cook them in the electric skillet. Period. That’s it.

Pancakes = “dinner in a pinch” at my house.

While I was cooking said pancakes, just for fun, I started making some little teeny tiny pancakes in between the GINORMOUS ones my family likes to eat. I ended up with a nice little stack for myself (not quite as cute as the ones in the picture above…but almost) and completely enjoyed eating them!  I had forgotten the simple joy of popping bite-sized pancakes into your mouth without even having to cut them up first! I remember always ordering them that way as a little girl when we would go “out” for breakfast to IHOP or Denny’s, or some such place.

Since my “pancakes from a bag” leave a WEE bit to be desired (although those guys at Krusteaz DO know a thing or two about pancake mixes…cuz they ain’t bad!)…I thought I’d poke around online for a yummy recipe.

I found these little gems at Food-4Tots.com.  But don’t let the name of the website dissuade you…they look REALLY delicious…whether you’re a toddler…or just a toddler at heart. :-)  (And they are adapted from a recipe by Jamie Oliver…so you know they have to be pretty decent!)

Mini Fluffy Pancakes
by Food 4 Tots


1¼ cup flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 large eggs, separated
Pinch of salt

In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
In another bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and milk together until thoroughly combined. Then stir in oil and mix well.
Gradually beat in the sifted dry ingredients and mix until a smooth batter is formed. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk egg whites with salt until they form soft peaks, then gently fold into the batter.
Pour mixture into a plastic bottle condiment bottle.
Heat a non-stick pan or griddle to MEDIUM LOW.
To make mini round shaped pancakes….first, form an outer circle (with batter in squeeze bottle) and then swirl the batter inward to fill up the gap.
Cook the pancake on one side until air bubbles form and the edges are dry then flip. Continue to cook the other side until lightly golden brown.
Serve warm with lots of butter and maple syrup (or however you like it).


Thank goodness for “dinner in a pinch” and 
the simple joys of life.

And that’s today’s….

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