This past weekend I tried my hand at making fancy pancakes, aka "pancake art."
- I used 2 tsps of cocoa powder to turn half of my pancake batter a darker color. This way I had two colors to work with. The flavor wasn't noticeable. I was surprised.
- I used a funnel to pour my pancake batter into squeeze bottles. Someone more talented than I can certainly skip the funnel, but I couldn't make it from bowl to bottle without it.
- My pancake batter had some small lumps. This meant that the nozzles of the squeeze bottles kept getting clogged. It was kind of a nightmare. I confess that I cursed my whisk and my lack of upper body strength and ordered an electric hand mixer right after this experience.
- To coat the pan between pancakes, I used melted butter (applied with a pastry brush to the bottom of the pan). I think that I would get more even color on the pancakes with cooking spray (but I also think they wouldn't taste as good - yum, butter).
- I cut the openings on my squeeze bottles to make them larger.
- The consistency of my batter was a little runny (making it more difficult to control). I read that the optimal consistency is "ketchup-like."
- Loose elements -- such as the dots in the heart pancake -- float around the pan and move! I learned that it's important to anchor elements if you want them to stay put.
I would definitely like to try this experiment again -- with smoother batter. I might even experiment with adding food coloring! It was lots of fun.
Have you made pancake art? Any tips or tricks to share?
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