My little girl is home sick today, so we were flipping through the cookbook, and her little eyes widened as we turned to the teddy bear pancakes. How could I say no to that sweet face? Plus, pancakes on a weekday, so bonus 🙂 All in all, I have to say this is a great recipe to have in my back pocket. Very little sugar, whole wheat flour (which is immensely surprising for a cookbook written in the ’80’s…) Hope your kids (big and small) enjoy as much as mind did!
The Recipe (made about 8 good size bears):
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (my addition)
1 cup milk
Banana slices (optional)
1. Heat griddle (or frying pan) to medium heat.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and set aside.
3. Place the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir to combine.
4. Break the egg into the bowl. Add the melted butter and milk and whisk until incorporated (shouldn’t be any lumps).
5. Brush the griddle or frying pan with butter to coat evenly.
6. To make the Teddy shapes, spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into the center of the pan for the body and then 1 teaspoon above for the head. With another teaspoon, make the 2 ears, 2 hands, and 2 feet.
7. Cook over medium heat until small bubbles begin to form on the top. When golden brown on the one side, flip over and allow the other side to cook, about 2 more minutes.
8. Repeat till all the batter is gone!
Pro Tip: Heat the oven to low heat (200 F) and place the finished pancakes on a cookie sheet with a foil cover to keep warm until you’re ready to serve.
Serving Suggestion: I’m typically pretty boring when it comes to pancakes – maple syrup is enough for me. However, they recommended honey as a topping, and I thought – what the heck? So I sliced some bananas, drizzled a little honey over, finished with a dusting of powdered sugar – and holy pancake! My kid could not eat them fast enough. Mommy mission “Feel Better” accomplished.