We are "flipping" over National Pancake Day! September 26 is National Pancake Day, and who doesn’t love the hot delicious cakes under some deliciously sweet and decadent syrup? Instead of heading over to IHOP like the thousands of other folks on the 26, here are some ways to celebrate at home with your family, including a DIY pancake mix recipe that’s healthier than the premixed version, how to make your own delicious syrup, and ways to switch it up from the “round” shape by introducing fun pancake shapes and sizes to serve, including instructions on how to purchase your very own “Mixing Bowl Bundle” from Curious Chef, the perfect purchase for National Pancake Day!
DIY Non-Processed Pancake Mix
Making your own pancake mix is not only cheaper than store bought, but healthier, too! You know every single ingredient going into the mixture, and there are no preservatives. (Keep in mind that because there are no preservatives, you do have to use it within three months.) It’s also fun to have your kids help you measure and sift, and it can be a fun learning experience for them!
The recipe is quite simple, featuring only baking soda, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and an air-tight jar to store it in. This recipe makes enough for a couple mornings worth of pancakes for your family to enjoy , and can be made ahead of time so you’ll have it ready for national pancake day!
- 3 tablespoons of sugar ( or to taste if you don’t like them very sweet)
- 3 tablespoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 cups of flour
Simply sift the dry ingredients together, and pour into an airtight jar until you’re ready to use! To make pancakes with this mix, you just need a mixing bowl, one cup of milk, one egg, one teaspoon of butter, and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Stir the wet mixture in with one cup of your dry mixture and ladle onto a hot griddle, ¼ of a cup at a time.
Homemade "Maple" Syrup
Who knew homemade syrup would be so delicious and so easy to make! Your kids could even make this themselves, with parent supervision of course.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
In a medium saucepan, stir together all the ingredients—except the vanilla extract—over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the burner, and then add your one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Pancakes Don’t Always Have to Be Round!
Make eating pancakes even more fun by making them into fun shapes and sizes! If you have an artistic hand, all you need are restaurant-style squeeze ketchup and mustard bottles. Cut the tip off of one of the bottles, and that will become your filler tool. The smaller-tipped bottle will be for the outlines and the details. Fill the bottle without the cut tip with pancake batter. Draw an outline of whatever shape you want, whether it’s a heart, a superhero symbol, your kid’s favorite animal—the sky’s the limit! Fill the other bottle with pancake batter and squeeze the rest of the batter inside of the outlined shapes on your skillet. Add chocolate chips, sprinkles, or berries to make them even more fun!
Mixing Bowl Bundle and Five-Piece Cookie Cutter Set!
If you’re not that artistic, no problem! Curious Chef’s got you covered. Buy a mixing bowl bundle from our site and use coupon code “Pancakes4All” at checkout to receive a free five-piece set of cookie cutters, with shapes including a butterfly, heart, star, bear and duck! To use these cutters with your pancakes, simply press the cutters into your cooked pancakes before serving.