This article was inspired by true events, i.e. my husband’s first experience with pancakes. Not a pleasant one! 😊
Every dad knows that there comes a time when kids will ask for pancakes. Just like mommy makes ‘em. Fluffy and delicious. And that will almost certainly happen when mom has decided to take some ‘me time’ and left the premises.
You don’t want to disappoint your little ones, especially when you feel like you spend too much time working and too little time with them. So, here are two solutions that will not only make your little ones’ tummies full, but will give them a chance to bond with their dads!
First of all, do not search Google for ‘easy pancake recipes for working dads’. It comes up with results of dads who make amazing pancake art and educational flapjacks. Your skill levels are not so advanced (in fact, they are almost non-existent, we get it), hence this article.
We’ve got you covered. Not only do we have the easiest pancake recipes to feed your hungry offspring, but we also offer advice on how to minimize the mess and prevent torching the kitchen in the process.
But first, do download a cooking app that, besides good pancake recipes, contains tips and tricks to help get out from the kitchen unharmed.
Dad is Making Pancakes in the Oven
Dutch baby pancakes must have been invented by a dad. This is a flapjack from heaven – quick, easy, simple, puffy, and delicious.
The task is made easier by the fact that the ingredients can be mixed in a blender because, unlike other flapjacks, the batter for Dutch baby doesn’t need to be lumpy.
The best part is that the oven is doing at least half of the job. All you need to do is make the batter (and for this, you only need to follow the recipe). No flipping, no mess, no stress.
The above mentioned recommendations are the basics of making Dutch baby pancakes. If you want to make a puff that is a little above the average, I have two more pieces of advice for you:
– Use an oven-safe skillet or pan that is not too big. This way, your Dutch baby will have shape and be extra puffy.
– Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes before cooking to give the puffy treat extra texture;
– Grease the skillet/pan and heat it in the oven before you pour the batter in. This will ensure your puff has crunchy edges.
Dad is Making Pancakes in the Waffle Maker
Using the waffle maker for pancakes spares you the flipping and possible batter/oil slashes all around the kitchen. The most important thing to pay attention to is that the batter, in this case, should be slightly thicker (more flour) and fattier (more oil or butter).
Here is a quick solution: whisk 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1 tbsp. almond extract, and 4 tbsp. oil in a large bowl, then add two cups of pancake mix and stir until just combined.
The amount of batter you pour into the waffle maker, as well as the cooking time, should be in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. When the batter is cooked, open the waffle maker and remove when it stops steaming.