It’s not often we see the softer side of Anthony Bourdain — cook, adventurer, and television personality — slip through. After all, he is better known for eating fetal duck eggs and cobra heart than pandering to children. Still, we won’t deny that we were charmed by the pancake bar that Bourdain showcased at his daughter’s slumber party. Through all our “oohing and aweing” we started to wonder: what exactly we would need to pull off this pancake party extravaganza?
Turns out, it is actually pretty simple, and with a few charming details, you can have your own pancake party (with or without the children). For starters, you will need a pancake recipe
, toppings (everything from peanut butter to fresh fruit),whipped cream, cookie cutters, a roll of parchment paper, and of course syrup
— lots of syrup.
Let your kids in on the fun and keep your kitchen clean by tearing off a large sheet of parchment paper to cover the counter or kitchen table. Then, use a sharpie to mark where each ingredient should be placed. Encourage the kids to use the toppings, whipped cream, and syrup to make funny faces or supply them with cookie cutters so they can stamp out creative shapes and designs. Finally, let the creativity flow, as your kids pile high those flap jacks into towers of food and art.
Almond Blueberry Pancakes
The body and bulk of white flour is here replaced with ground flaxseed
and ground almonds, but you’ll still find the adorable puff from egg whites and pop from blistered berries. Add some yogurt and slivered almonds on the side and you’re good to go. — Tori Haschka, author of Cut the Carbs!
For the Almond Blueberry Pancakes recipe, click here.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has a song dedicated to banana pancakes
and rightfully so. There's something about banana pancakes that's homely and comforting. Its a pancake that signifies loved ones and long weekends. — Soni Satpathy
For the Banana Pancakes recipe, click here.
Chia Seed PancakesChia seeds,
which can be eaten whole, don’t need to be ground to access their great health benefits. Tiny black and white chia seeds are a great source of protein and calcium and will boost the fiber content of your pancakes while giving them the slightest crunchy texture. Sounds strange for a pancake, I know, but it really adds an interesting new dimension to an old favorite. — Rebecca Miller Ffrench, author of The Ultimate Blender Cookbook.
For the Chia Seed Pancakes recipe, click here.
Crunchy Bacon Pancake Strips
Pancakes and bacon is a classic brunch dish,
but cook them together and you’ve got a great breakfast you can eat on the go. Use any classic pancake batter for this recipe. —
For the Crunchy Bacon Pancake Strips recipe, click here.
What's your definition of the perfect pancake
? If you're like most people, it probably includes the word "moist." Chobani figured out how to make their perfectly moist pancakes with the help of a little vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. Paired with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup they are, indeed, the perfect pancakes. — Chobani
For the Perfect Pancakes recipe, click here.
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Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.