Friday, February 18, 2011

Homemade Pancakes and Chocolate Truffles

We usually make pancakes from a mix. I mean really, who makes pancakes from scratch? Martha, yes. The average Joe. Probably not.

Elli wanted to make heart shaped pancakes for Don for Valentine's day. But we were out of mix and I was too lazy to go to the store. So I made the batter from scratch. And guess what? It's not THAT much harder than using a mix and tastes fantastic. Most recipes have you add a few things to the dry ingredients anyway and this is the same.

Elli was in charge of the pancake production and I'm happy to report that most of the pancakes actually did resemble a heart. Let's just say they were her artistic interpretation of what a heart looks like. I had to do a little bit of finessing so they didn't look like Mickey Mouse.

The recipe and pipe bag instructions are straight from Martha herself. 

Happy Valentine's Day Daddy!

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup flour
2T sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
2 T melted butter

Preheat oven to 175ยบ

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the egg, milk and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Whisk together. Don't overmix it should have some lumps.

Heat your griddle or griddle pan. Add a little butter to the pan. Add the batter and flip when the edges get bubbly. Cook another 30 seconds or so.

Place pancakes on a plate and keep warm in the oven.

Makes 6-8 pancakes

Valentine's Chocolate Truffle update.....

Truffle making turned me into miss cranky pants. Our truffles looked like little Bentley poops. I kind of freaked out during the process. Don had to yell and remind me that these were Elli's truffles - not mine. Ouch. At one point I threatened to throw them out. Elli cried and Don told me to zip it again. This was not good.

It was definitely not the joyous mother/daughter project that I imagined it would be. There were sprinkles and chocolate and hot chocolate mix (don't ask) everywhere.

Elli thought they looked AWESOME. I thought they went from looking like little turds to prehistoric rocks. I immediately knew we needed some nice packaging to disguise these suckers.

We found little red treat boxes at Cost Plus that would fit three truffles perfectly. We carefully wrapped them with pink tissue paper. Then we placed a sparkly heart on top of the box. The box looked great. I would love to know if her teachers ate them. I hope she remembered to tell them we used Godiva chocolate. sigh.......

This is definitely one of those instances where the pros made it look really easy and it wasn't. At least it wasn't for a 9 year old and her psychotic mother.


Little chocolate Godiva turds.

oooooooh. I think I want the little turd in the back row that is covered in hot chocolate mix. It's an Elli original. Maybe we could name these Yosemite Truffles and sell them in Curry Village?

I better go before I get in trouble again for being sassy.


  1. I laughed turn lemons into lemonade.........good for you!


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