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Light and Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes

Diners do a big business in pancakes the size of dinner plates. They often have an item on the menu called “Silver Dollar Pancakes”, which are a stack of small cakes often targeted towards children. I believe that the theory is that children want small sized things and they want a lot of them. I am fairly sure that you end up with the same amount of pancake regardless of the size you order. Personally, I loved the idea of stacking pancakes. I would never attempt to eat them in a stack, preferring to separate the layers and eat them one by one, but I loved the look. Hence, my stack o’ pancakes shown above, rather than an assortment of evenly sized pancakes.

Cake flour makes them tender and the beaten egg whites make them light. The pancakes are thin and light, a little bit eggy and a little bit sweet. You can eat a lot without filling up. They absorb syrup faster than a sponge, though, so I recommend dipping them judiciously if you are not someone who likes a lot of syrup with breakfast. Make them into small rounds – silver dollar sized, or about 2 inches across – and eat them with your hands.

Light and Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup low fat milk
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites, at room temperature

Sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together egg yolks, milk, butter and vanilla in a small bowl and pour into dry ingredients. Stir until throughly combined.
Beat egg whites to soft peaks and fold into batter. Make sure there are no streaks of egg white remaining.
Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle (grease with butter if not nonstick) over high heat and drop batter into 2 inch rounds. Cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Turn down the heat slightly if the pancakes cook too quickly.
Serve immediately.
Serves 6-8 kids and about 4 kids at heart.

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  • Cathy
    September 11, 2005

    What a great presentation! I’ll bet kids (or anyone for that matter) would just love a little stack of graduated pancakes like yours!

  • Dawna
    September 11, 2005

    Without a doubt, the most darling stack of pancakes I have ever seen. Bravo!

  • Skrat
    September 11, 2005

    Hey nic,
    how cute are they….like many other people, i do love things in miniatures! I love pancakes coaked in maple syrup…maybe im a big kid myself! 😉 Wonderful job!

  • Zarah Maria
    September 11, 2005

    So cute!

  • Nupur
    September 11, 2005

    That is too cute! A whole mountain of pancakes…what fun. Even the fussiest kid would dig into that.

  • FoodNinja
    September 11, 2005

    too Cute,,, Ninja Aproved.

  • Joe
    September 11, 2005

    Love the mountain of pancakes! Great picture.

  • Ana
    September 11, 2005

    Love that pancaky tower. Only you would have the patience to come up with something like that.

  • Shauna
    September 11, 2005

    That photo is just too cute! I’m going to try to make them with GF flour. Thanks!

  • Nic
    September 11, 2005

    Thank you so much, everyone. And Shauna, let me know how they turn out. I promise I’m planning on doing some GF stuff soon!

  • Clare Eats
    September 11, 2005

    seriously cute nic!

  • T
    September 11, 2005

    Cute presentation!

  • bilbo
    September 11, 2005

    those pancakes look just too cute. Awesome pic!

  • Lori
    September 12, 2005

    Watta cutie! I’ve been searching for a pancake recipe that yields light and fluffy things. This may just be the one.

  • Samantha
    September 12, 2005

    Those are great Nic. I like silver dollar pancakes on the cold side, spread with a little butter and sprinkled with sugar, sandwiched together. Yum! I might have to have pancakes for dinner tonight.

  • drbiggles
    September 12, 2005

    Whar’s the bacon, foo?

  • Sara
    September 12, 2005

    Really great picture!

  • joey
    September 13, 2005

    What a cute photo! Tempting too 🙂 I have found a lot of tasty looking pancake recipes in blog land and will someday have a whole pancake-blog-marathon 🙂

  • Anonymous
    September 13, 2005

    I agree with everyone else…those are too, too cute!!! It is now my dream to one day wake up to breakfast served just like that!


  • Pille
    September 14, 2005

    This is such a cool & cute way to serve pancakes – I need to direct my Mum here, so she can do the same next time feeding my nephews!
    Thanks for the tip!

  • keiko
    September 15, 2005

    How cute are they? I can eat all of them in one go, I’m sure…

  • Debbie
    October 18, 2006

    I tried this and must say it is the best pancake recipe ever! Thanks again for yet another amazing recipe.

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  • Jennifer
    February 24, 2009

    Beautiful presentation!!!

  • dawn
    February 25, 2009

    I can imagine how hard that was to create and then photograph. I truly appreciate it (and all the hard work behind it! lol)

  • Hillary
    February 25, 2009

    That’s quite a stack! 🙂

  • Lindsay
    August 11, 2013

    I just tried this recipe and everyone in the family agreed they were delicious! Thanks!

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