Pancakes For One

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 egg

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon oil

3 drops of vanilla

Optional extras:

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.


Mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl.

The batter mixed up until smooth.

Pancakes on the griddle.

Chocolate chips added on top.

final product, in process.

Served with maple syrup on the side.

Raizel said, “this is the best recipe ever! Usually I don’t even like pancakes.”



37 thoughts on “Pancakes For One

  1. Osyth says:

    These look absolutely delicious and it is great that you go to lengths to ensure the girls never feel they are losing out by having different dietary needs and strictures. I know how hard that is but also how rewarding it is too. I wanted to share with you that my eldest daughter has just moved into her first owned home with her husband yesterday and today posted a film on facebook of her new kitchen all unpacked with the comment ‘I’ve got my kitchen ready to go before I unpack anything else just like mummy always did’ – it melted my heart 🙂

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged says:

      That is soooooo nice! I guess you never know what they are soaking in. Congratulations for your daughter! That is a real milestone. Where does she live? Are you able to visit? In my first apartment, I had no idea how to organize the kitchen. I asked my mother to come and help me. Her voice is always in my head whenever I cook. Fortunately, she is a wizard in the kitchen!

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      • Osyth says:

        I’m en route to London on Tuesday and I can’t WAIT to see it 😀 I learned to cook watching and listening to my mother, she to hers and my daughters to me …. If you love cooking the kitchen is the heart of home and family and no one will guide better than your mummy 😌

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  2. koolkosherkitchen says:

    Your husband is right. The following comes from

    There are basically two types of unsaturated vegetable oils:

    Traditional, cold-pressed oils such as extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil that are rich in monounsaturated fats and made without the use of chemicals or heat.
    Modern processed oils such as soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and safflower oil which are industrially manufactured—usually from genetically modified crops in the U.S.—using heat and toxic solvents.

    Quote finished, this is me again:
    There is also cold-pressed walnut oil sold everywhere before Pesach, and that’s the one I use. Canola and safflower are the worst in terms of being completely genetically engineered. Sunflower oil depends on having reliable information about the processing plant. Oilve and sesame oils are too heavy for frying, so sticking to cold-pressed nut oils seems to be the option for now.

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  3. koolkosherkitchen says:

    The way you deal with a very challenging situation by maintaining Kashruth while making Raizel comfortable in non-kosher environments and eliciting respect, rather than resentment, from teachers and administration, is a lesson for all – amazing! Yashar Koach!
    If you don’t mind my answering your reader: there is kosher whole wheat flour, both organic and inorganic, and I use that or spelt flour for practically everything, including pancakes and blintzes.

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  4. reocochran says:

    I used to make big batches for my kids, even turn them into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Fun and wholesome, if you add whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour. Is there a kosher whole wheat flour? Just don’t want to offend you, dear. Smiles, Robin

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