Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rainbow Pancakes

Occasionally, I will be posting awesome recipes and cooking / baking ideas.  For my almost 3 year old daughter, we have been working on color recognition.  She knows most of her colors already, but I am using books and projects to reinforce what she knows and to learn the other colors she is not too sure of (grey, black, brown, etc).
The other day we made rainbow pancakes.  I had found them on another blog (not sure which one- sorry!) and thought it would be a great way to work with various colors and get to eat them!
Begin by using your standard pancake recipe.  We love this Fluffy Pancake recipe from


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour".
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

After you have mixed the batter, divide the batter into little bowls.  We used 6 bowls for red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.  I only colored enough batter to make one small pancake for each color.  (My husband and I were okay with plain and boring pancakes!)

Add food coloring to each bowl to make the color your prefer.  Stir well.  Pour into a griddle, keeping the colors separate.  Cook as normal.

My little girl loved them!  She ate all of them and didn't even use syrup!
(Be warned... she was CRAZY after eating them!  Maybe there is an argument for artificial coloring causing attention deficit problems!)



    Super fun blog that someone pointed me too, he is SO creative and it looks like so much fun :)

  2. I remember seeing him on tv a while back. Didn't know he had a blog... I'm in trouble! We may be eating pancakes everyday! ;-)

  3. What a great idea! Thanks! This will be great for Reece and Emma will helping me make them. We're doing preschool at home now, so this will be a fun project:)Hannah