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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Easy and Frugal Surprise Pancakes

These are one of my family's favorite meals!  For awhile, this was part of our Sunday evening dinner routine.  The fun part about this recipe, is that it is from my Home Economics class in 7th grade!  Well, since I am 40-something, this recipe is from 30 years ago!  If you remember Pannekoeken Huis restaurants, you will remember a similar recipe for pannekoekens.  The waitresses, dressed in their cute little uniforms, would dash through the restaurant calling "Pannekoeken"!  They did this, so the pannekoeken would still be slightly puffed when it reached your table.

You don't need to dash through your kitchen when you make these.  Unless you really want to... ;)
Here is the easy, easy recipe.  I have tried to use less butter in the pan when making this, but my pancakes end up sticking to the glass.  Maybe non-stick would work.  I'm not sure.  If you have a great secret to cut out some of the butter, I would love to hear your ideas.

Here's the recipe:
Surprise Pancakes
Preheat oven to 450*
Put 2 tbsp. butter (or margarine, I guess) in an 8" square pan.
Place the pan in oven, until butter is melted.  (I always just microwave for 20 seconds or so, until melted.)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

Pour mixture into the pan.

I have doubled the recipe, and am using a 9x13 pan.

Sprinkle with cinnamon (or nutmeg).  We prefer cinnamon.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450*.

Starting to puff up in the oven!

Remove from oven and make sure your kids see how fun it looks right away!

Ready to serve!!!

My favorite topping for this is fresh strawberries with a little powdered sugar.  Maple syrup, homemade applesauce, peaches, etc. would all be wonderful too.

I usually double this recipe and pour in a 9X13 pan, when making this for our family of 5.
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  1. I made this, this morning and my kids loved it. We just ate it with some maple syrup. Next time I will put some fruit in the middle. Thank you for the recipe.


  2. I am so glad your children loved it! :) Enjoy all of the possibilities for toppings!!! :)

  3. I stumbled on your blog from the $5 Dinner Challenge blog..I grew up in CA but made a trip to Fargo to visit a sick grandpa. While there we ate at pannekoeken as it was right near our hotel. My mouth waters every time I think of it and every time I try to describe it to anyone from that area! I am so glad I found this recipe and I can't wait to try it out. My favorite was always with bacon in it. I will attempt this weekend!

  4. Without the "sprinkling" of spices on top, this is a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding which is served with roast beef and brown gravy. Yorkshire is also called Batter Pudding by some. You can prepare it as we usually do in muffin tins. For some reason, if all ingredients are brought to room temperature before blending, they stay puffed.

  5. Very interesting! And yes, the recipe is like my recipe for popovers, which stay puffed when baked:

  6. Just came across this when I was trying to show my roomies what surprise pancakes are!! Haha just googled it and found it ��


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