Today is National Pancake Day which means that my husband and I had a great conversation about pancakes. Oh, the life of a food blogger and a food blogger's husband. As it turns out, my family didn't eat a whole lot of pancakes when I was young.
My breakfast growing up usually consisted of a bowl of cereal because...well, let's face it...I'm obsessed with cereal. In fact, everyone in my family loves cereal. To this day, whenever we have breakfast at my parent's house, we usually just pour ourselves a bowl of cereal or toast an English muffin.
The holidays, however, are a completely different story. Every holiday morning, we all find ourselves in my parent's kitchen. Usually, my Dad is manning the stove as he watches over the Canadian bacon, I'm buttering the toast, and my Mom is whipping together the scrambled eggs. With our combined efforts, the outcome is always memorable and those times spent in the kitchen together always create great memories.
Whenever we would go out for breakfast, my parents and brother would get some kind of egg concoction -- over easy, scrambled, omelet. Me, on the other hand? I would end up with a massive plate piled high with a Belgian waffle, strawberries, and whipped cream. I love a good Belgian waffle.
Now, my husband, on the other hand, has quite a long history with pancakes. This morning when he was enjoying a plateful of these Very Berry Pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day, he told me that when we have kids, he's going to be a "Pancake Dad." After I gave him a strange look, he explained that his love of pancakes comes from his Dad.
It all started when his family would travel to Northern Michigan with their family's friends to go camping. They would use mustard and ketchup containers to make all sorts of fun shapes with the batter. When they returned home, the fun tradition continued, specifically on Sunday mornings before church. His Dad would make the boys Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes, pancakes with chocolate chips...you name it, the boys ate it.
Probably one of my favorite parts of the story was when he told me about his Dad's "Uncle Buck" Pancakes. I stopped his story immediately and asked about a gazillion questions: "What type of pancakes? Is Uncle Buck a type of pancake? Is it from a movie? Please explain." Yes, I'm a non-movie person.
His answer? "Google It." And "Google It" I did. What popped up on my screen was something amazing...John Candy flipping the most amazing pancake I've ever seen...with a shovel. Yes, this was truly the biggest pancake I've ever seen. My response was something along the lines of, "What?! Whoah." My husband started laughing at my response and said, "My Dad would make pancakes the size of our plates and we called them 'Uncle Buck Pancakes.'"
Even though there are no kids in the picture right now, I cannot wait to see my husband be the ultimate "Pancake Dad" as he whips up his version of "Uncle Buck Pancakes."
So, in celebration of National Pancake Day and my husband's love of pancakes, I'm sharing this Very Berry Pancakes recipe. I like to think of this recipe as fruit-topped Belgian waffles in fluffy pancake form.
Very Berry Pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and raspberries
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and whisk until smooth.
- Fold in frozen berries.
- Warm a greased griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle and brown on both sides.
Do you have a pancake-loving person in your family?