Whole Wheat Pancakes
Then, for shits and giggles, I decided to make them silver dollar pancakes.
In a medium bowl (I used my Pampered Chef batter bowl to make the batter, because I'm a nerd like that) combine 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (I like King Arthur brand), 1/3 cup cornmeal, 6 tablespoons dried, powdered buttermilk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Mix it really well with a whisk so that the clumps in the buttermilk get broken up and mixed in evenly.
It's this stuff. You can find it in the aisle with flours and sugars and other baking items. It's freaking awesome. I used to hate when recipes would call for buttermilk, because the smallest container I could ever find was a quart. I'd use the half cup or whatever my recipe needed and the rest would inevitably go to waste. I read about this on Bake and Destroy and I'm so thankful that I did because now I don't have to feel bad for wasting so much buttermilk! I just make what I need and the rest doesn't go bad.
Add 1 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup vegetable (I used canola) oil, and two large eggs to your dry ingredients. Whisk until combined and smooth.
Take a basting brush and smear the butter around. You want to get an even coat on the pan. I actually didn't even have to butter the pan between batches. I just used the brush again and added more butter when the brush was dry.
To make these teeny pancakes I used a #70 disher. This kept them all about the same size. Place your dollops of batter on your hot, buttered pan (or griddle) with a little bit of space around them as they spread slightly.
See? Perfect. Give them a slight smoosh to flatten them a bit. It was a bit tricky getting a full sized spatula in there to turn these, so if you have a smaller one that would be helpful. Once the other side is golden (about 45 seconds - one minute) remove to a plate.
Now, you could always make these full sized as well, if you don't want to stand at the stove for very long. If you did, however, you might miss out on the benefit of your toddler thinking they're cookies and eating a whole bunch of them! He's been SUCH a picky eater lately that it made me really glad to see him getting something relatively healthy into his system, even if it was just straight carbs.
Yup... the boy has taken up graffiti. What's funny is that the way I found the spot he's cleaning in the photo is that he pointed to it and said very seriously, "BAD." Way to turn stool pigeon on yourself, kid!