Pancakes (or Waffles) for One
My children are both in public schools. Consequently, there are usually very few other children at school who also keep kosher.
Events where there is food involved take a bit of planning.
If there is a birthday party for a classmate, or another special event around food, I will send in a similar kosher item for the girls to eat.
I try to make whatever I send appealing and special. I hope that this way, neither one of them will feel left out or deprived.
Last week, Raizel’s class went to a local diner for brunch. The goal was to learn how to speak to a waitress, communicate what you want to eat, stick to a budget, handle money, etc.
This always presents a quandary for me. While I am happy to have Raizel learn these tasks, I struggle with what she will eat, when she cannot eat anything that she orders.
Raizel explained her dilemma to her teacher, who then asked if he could speak to me. As a member of a religious minority, I very often have to explain to their teachers and the administrators about our food restrictions.
Her teacher was very kind and respectful. It was his suggestion that I send Raizel to the restaurant with kosher food that she could eat with her class.
This time, I made Raizel pancakes, using our new wonderful stove top grill. Since pancakes are not very popular in our house, I only wanted to make just enough pancakes for one serving.
1/3 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon –a dash
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
3 drops of vanilla
Maple syrup, ¼ berries, chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon icing sugar, butter
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Then, add the egg, oil, milk and vanilla and stir until smooth and well mixed.
Spray oil the grill and heat over a medium hot flame. When the grill is hot, pour batter onto the grill until desired size and cook on one side until lightly browned. I added chocolate chips on top of each pancake. Then, using a spatula, turn each pancake over and cook on the other side.
For waffles, cook according to the settings recommended for the waffle maker.
I served the pancakes with maple syrup. When I packed the pancakes in a container, I added the maple syrup inside the container with an even smaller container.
The pancakes came out great and Raizel loved them!
I think that now that we have this wonderful stove top grill, I am likely to be making pancakes more often. Since I only spray oiled the grill, they came out light and fluffy and not greasy.
Raizel said, “this is the best recipe ever! Usually I don’t even like pancakes.”