I'd had the idea in my head to do panda pancakes for a while. I tried the "blob" technique where I just blobbed the batter onto the pan, and while it looked okay on the griddle:
For my next attempt, I decided to try watered down batter in squeeze jars. These turned out much better:
Here is how I did it:
Step 1: Make the Batter
Make regular pancake batter and water it down to make it flow smoothly. For best results, beat with a an electric mixer to get every last lump out (I did not do this as first and the lumps frequently clogged my squeeze bottles). Split into 2 bowls and add cocoa power or chocolate syrup to one bowl for color.
Step 2: Prep the Bottles
I got this set of two bottles for $1 from Walmart. Pour the white batter into one and the chocolate batter into the other. You will also probably need to cut the tips to make the openings a little larger than the default super tiny hole used to regular ketchup flow.
Step 3: Let's make some pandas!
You'll want to crank the heat on your skillet up pretty high so that the batter cooks quickly and holds it shape after being squirted out. Use a pan that does not require grease, or a high heat tolerant fat like coconut oil.
Circle for the head:
Nose and Mouth (be careful on this part)
Fill in the Face.
(be careful and don't squeeze too hard or you might get a panda zombie instead)
Cook until the tops start to dry and have lots of bubbles (as above). Flip and cook until done.
Step 4: Add your panda to the party
Other fun things you can do:
After making a plate full of pandas I decided to play around a bit and see what other fun pancakes I could make.
I made some personalized pancakes:
And I made some alphabet pancakes (what a fun learning tool!)
Just keep in mind that the display side of your pancake is the one that goes against the griddle when you pour the batter. Meaning: everything is mirror image. So if you make something with letters make sure they are mirror image as you are pouring them so you don't end up with this:
FUN! I hope I inspired you to make breakfast a little bit more fun and educational.
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