Thursday, April 15, 2010

Deceptively Delicious Pink Pancakes

Here is a picture of Audrey stirring with her Curious Chef whisk!
Deceptively Delicious is the book review today. Say what you will about hiding good foods in something children like, it is not that different than putting additives in your smoothie. You know they are there but you want the extra nutrients. It is the same with this book. As long as the child knows what you are adding there are no problems. Audrey could care less what makes her pancakes pink; she just knows she likes them. Here is the recipe for Pink Pancakes:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup beet puree
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup grated apple
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • pure maple syrup or fruit for serving
In a blender or food processor, combine the water, ricotta cheese, beet puree, vanilla, and cinnamon and blend. Dump the mixture into a medium bowl, add the pancake mix and apple, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix - the batter will be a little lumpy. Coat a griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When hot, add the oil. Spoon the batter onto the griddle or skillet, using about 1/4 cap batter for each pancake. Cook the pancakes until bubbles form on top and batter is set, 1 to 2 minutes. Then flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until golden brown on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm, with syrup or fruit.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Pour ingredients into food processor
  2. Crack egg
  3. Stir batter
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Heat skillet
  3. Cook pancakes
Always a winner in this house. Audrey has a thing for pink. I have had these with her and I can't taste the beet. Our post for today is a little later because Audrey made these for lunch and I am cooking (burning) them as I type.  


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