It is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day and that means Green Pancakes! It’s Tradition. Even though I am not sure there is even a drop of Irish blood in them, my kids are all about green today. And it starts right from the time they open their eyes. They show up at the breakfast table wearing green (who wants to be pinched that early in the morning!) ready to feast on Green Pancakes.
Although I’m usually not a fan of adding coloring to our foods, it is a holiday, and making things fun and special makes for lasting memories. I use my favorite pancake recipe, adding green food coloring and I’m all ready to serve up pancakes fitting for any leprechaun!
Linda’s Basic Pancake Recipe
You will need:
- 3 cups flour (I use a combination of whole wheat and unbleached white)
- 3 Tbsp sugar (other sweeteners or substitutes could be substituted)
- 3 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil (veg, canola, olive, etc)
- 2 1/4 milk
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make a well in center and add wet ingredients. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon. If needed (my cast iron griddle does not) lightly coat surface with oil or cooking spray. Pour batter onto hot griddle or skillet, cooking as you normally would.
To make our green pancakes this morning I added a few drops of green food coloring to the milk. When combined with the dry ingredients, the color seemed to fade a bit, but the it brightened up a bit once the pancakes were cooked. You can adapt this to any holiday/theme – pink for Valentine’s Day or red/blue for Independence Day. What about rainbow pancakes for the 1st day of Spring?
And now that my brood has had their fill of green at breakfast they are ready to dance a little jig and get on with the day. Top o’ the Mornin’ to ye!
What traditions does your family keep on St. Patrick’s Day? Are there special foods you serve to celebrate? Are you even Irish!?
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