Follow these simple directions to make fantastic Mickey-shaped pancakes in your own home!
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2 Tb sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- a few dashes of cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 Tb olive or vegetable oil
- A dab of butter
1. Prepare The Batter
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl mix the the egg, milk and oil together. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture until combined (batter may be a little lumpy).
Once your mixture is complete take the batter and pour it into your handy, dandy pancake batter dispenser. Since our own dispenser didn’t arrive in time, we used the workable, but far more time consuming option, of using an empty water bottle. Slowly fill the bottle with batter and have it on standby.
2. Prepare The Cooking Surface
Before you start putting any batter down, you want to make sure that your cooking surface (pan, griddle, etc.) is nice and evenly hot. Heating up your surface first will better contain your pancake batter after you drop it, creating round, Mickey circles instead of a runny and lopsided mess. Using a thicker pan or griddle is preferable. Though it will take longer to heat up, the quality tools will result in fewer burnt pancakes.
Once your griddle is up to an even, medium temperature, turn it down to a little bit below medium heat. The exact setting will depend upon your heat source – you will need to fiddle with it. If you put a drop of water on your pan, it should just simmer slowly and gently, instead of sputtering violently.
3. Grease It Up
Just before you get ready to drop the batter, drop a small slice of butter on the griddle and spread it around so the pancakes won’t stick. You can use something other than butter, but we prefer this because it adds a savory, buttery flavor to the food, as well as pre-buttering your pancakes for you.
If your cooking surface is too hot at this point, you’ll know it immediately when your butter burns and turns black. Assuming that hasn’t happened, you’ll want to make sure your dispenser is all ready to go because there is nothing more frustrating than having your butter burning while your futzing with your batter bottle while your Mickey pancake experiment goes up in smoke…literally!!
4. Pour It On!
When your griddle is perfectly ready, use your squeeze bottle (or batter dispenser/small ladle/measuring cup) to place approximately a 1/2 cup of batter onto the griddle. Be careful not to squeeze or scoop it too close to the edge, you still want to leave room for Mickey’s ears!
Next squeeze about a 1/4 cup of batter onto the top left corner of that first scoop. There’s Mickey’s left ear! Now do that again but onto the top right corner. There’s Mickey’s right ear!
Hot dog! We have made our first Mickey-shaped pancake!
Be careful with the placements of those ears because if they are put too far away from Mickey’s face then we are going to have a hard time flipping it over. Make sure when you drop the ears on the pan, let the circles overlap about 1/4 with the main ‘face’ pancake. They will look great when it all cooks together!
Speaking of cooking, let’s get ready to flip this Mickey over!
5. Flip Him Over
Psst. Come closer….want to know the secret of when to flip a pancake over?
Alright, I’ll tell you, since you’re such a nice person.
When you first lay the pancake down, it is completely liquid, but as it cooks the batter starts to solidify. Look for the first sign: batter bubbles. This should bring your attention to the side of the pancake, which will start to rise and harden like bread. When the all of the sides look solid and the middle of the pancake has risen rises up, that is the sign to flip it over.
You will know for sure that it is ready to go over when your spatula slides underneath the pancake with ease. If we placed our ears in the right position then they will stay on for us with no problem! A finished pancake will be lightly golden brown all over and if the sides will look solid and dry. There should not be any visibly sign but runny dough.
When the pancake is done, throw it on a plate and eat it or throw it in the oven to keep warm. Start over again with rest of the batter until they are all done. Enjoy!
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