Kitchen Adventures: Pancake Bites perfect for Saturday morning family time

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By Becca Owsley

Making Saturday morning pancakes is about to get more fun, especially if you let the kids in the kitchen.

Pancakes of any kind are usually tasty. A tall stack, flavored or my favorite kind: silver-dollar pancakes. They are all delicious, especially smothered in syrup.

Scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I saw a quick and easy pancake recipe that would be great for a family to cook together. It’s a particularly good choice if each member of the family likes a different flavor of pancake.

Picture it now: Everyone gathers in the kitchen in their flannel pajamas and messed up hair to don aprons and make pancakes. You can almost smell the syrup.

The base for this recipe is easy. Use any pancake mix you like. I purchased an envelope of mix that cost less than a dollar; the kind you simply add water to.

If you want to make a smaller pancake bite that looks more like a pancake, I would suggest filling the muffin tin about half full. I filled them a little too full, so they looked more like muffins and had to cook a little longer than the suggested time.

But they still tasted good.

The best part about this recipe is you can individualize each pancake and cook them all at once.

For mine, I added chocolate chips to a few and blueberries to others.
But my favorite ones were the bacon bites. Add some bacon bits and you get a bacon-tastic result. I just made up that word, but it’s fitting.

Plate some bacon versions with some plain pancake bites and cover them with syrup for a delicious treat.

You can be as creative as your imagination and taste buds allow you.
More than that, you can spend some quality time in the kitchen with your kids and they get to learn a few cooking skills as they create their pancake masterpieces.

The pinner of the recipe said the bites are good to make and take on the go. I haven’t tried it, but I wonder if they also can be frozen to eat later.

These bites are better than anything you’d find in the frozen food aisle and can be individualized to suit anyone’s taste.

Becca Owsley can be reached at  270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Pancake Bites

Pancake mix and mix
Chocolate chips
Any other topping you want to put in a pancake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray and pour pancake batter into muffin tins. Place whatever toppings you want on each individual pancake bite.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until bites are lightly browned.

Let cool in tin and serve.