Mollie Katzen’s Giant Puffed Pancake Recipe from her cookbook for kids, Honest Pretzels, is such an easy recipe for kids to make. Younger kids will need a little assistance from an adult, especially with the oven. Older kids like my 8 year old son should have few issues making the recipe themselves from start to finish.
Last Friday for dinner, I ditched the mac and cheese on the menu plan, and decided to use up our sour raw milk by making the Giant Baked Pancake Puff from Mollie Katzen’s Honest Pretzels cookbook. The kids loved the idea and offered to help. After a quick trip to the grocery store for strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream to round out the meal, my 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son joined me in the kitchen.
Mollie Katzen’s Giant Puffed Pancake
My son had the job of making the Giant Pancake Puff. Since he’s 8, he had no problem reading the directions, though the illustrations of each step made it easier for him to follow the recipe without asking me lots of questions. Since there’s 7 of us, I decided to double the recipe which turned out to be the perfect amount for 7 people. My son doubled the amounts in his head without much trouble and double checked with me before measuring. Because the glass bowl was heavy, I did the final pour of the batter into the 2 baking pans.
While my son was working on the batter, my daughter filled the sink with water and washed the strawberries. She also took the green caps off the strawberries. Then we rinsed the blueberries in a colander.
My daughter carefully cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces beginning with cutting the top off.
We talked about knife safety, and keeping our fingers out of the way of the knife while cutting.
She took her time and cut even pieces.
When the fruit was ready, my daughter mixed it together in a bowl with a little local honey drizzled over top. The honey made up for the strawberries and blueberries not being locally sourced.
The dinner received rave reviews. In fact, the kids want to make another Giant Puffed Pancake for dinner this Friday. I’m hoping to pick up local berries from Whole Foods later in the week along with organic cream for whipping.