Easy Patriotic Breakfast

My little girl is growing up fast.

The latest sign is our choice of rainy morning TV. We have graduated from Cinderella, Ariel, and Strawberry Shortcake to Troy, Gabriella, and Sharpay. I’m not too sure I’m ready for this. I kind of miss Barbie right now.

Anyway, this is a really easy breakfast, it can be mixed in one bowl, and it’s baked so you don’t need to spend time in front of the stove. Top it with some berries, and you’ve got a Dutch Baby Pancake Flag.

Pancake recipe slightly adapted from “C is for cooking: Recipes from the Street”

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c low fat or skim milk
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries (bananas would work too, in place of the strawberries)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, spray a small rectangular pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, crack both eggs, and beat together with the oil and milk.
  3. When blended well, add both flours, sugar, salt , and cinnamon. Mix well (there will be some lumps, I use a hand mixer and I find that that mixes a lot smoother)
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 425 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, decrease oven temperature to 350 and continue to bake for 5-8 minutes (until pancake has puffed up and is brown on top- the puffing up is cool. If you have young kids, letting them watch through the oven door may distract them from the fact that it takes roughly 20 minutes to make and they don’t see you physically doing anything, therefore, they think you forgot to make them breakfast… or are my kids only that impatient?)
  5. Meanwhile, wash your berries, pat them dry and slice your strawberries (or bananas)
  6. Cut pancake into four small rectangles and top with the fruit putting the blueberries in the top left corner, and alternating stripes of raspberries, and strawberries/bananas.
  7. Enjoy!

If you do have young children, I love this cookbook. Besides the slightly disturbing recipe, “Big Bird’s ABC Chicken Noodle Soup” (think about it….) the book is filled with kid friendly recipes, easy instructions, and trivia. Even some more adventurous recipes are presented by the characters, making them instantly more kid friendly (think “Grover’s African-style peanut butter soup” or “Abbey Cadabby’s magic golden zucchini coins”.

I hope you try this and enjoy it! Please let me know if you do, I’d love your comments and suggestions!

I’ll be back later (yes, two posts in one day!) to show you a quick, easy, patriotic treat using the leftover royal icing from your Fourth of July cookies šŸ™‚


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