Pancake day comes around every year, giving people everywhere – and food bloggers especially – a good excuse for making a batch of pancakes for breakfast. The holiday is also known as Shrove Tuesday and it marks the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent in many Christian traditions. A tradition that involves eating pancakes is accessible to many regardless of religion – just as eating Halloween candy is popular regardless of the holidays’ origins – and the idea of a Pancake Day gets a little more popular every year. One way to celebrate is by whipping up some of the impressive creations in OMG Pancakes!: 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love to Eat.
These pancakes aren’t just any pancakes, they are inventively shaped pancakes that are meant to delight, as well as taste delicious. The inspiration for the pancakes came when the author started to make breakfast for his young daughter on a regular basis, and decided that his pancakes needed a little something to make them stand out. By using a few simple tools – such as squeeze bottles, pastry bags and a great pancake flipper – he started to “paint” with pancake batter, turning breakfast into a work of art.
The recipe for the pancake batter itself is very straightforward. All the skill needed to make these pancakes comes in the technique you will use as you pour and pipe the batter onto a nonstick griddle. The projects in the book range from very simple to very complex, but all are a lot of fun to make. I would recommend that you start with the simpler projects first so that you have a chance to get the hang of your timing before you jump in to the more elaborate 3D pancake creations, however part of the fun is the experimentation that comes with art-as-breakfast and it doesn’t matter what order you do things in as long as you are having fun – and as long as you are stocked with plenty of syrup for later!