It's that time of year again!  That pesky little leprechaun runs all over our house in search of gold!  Little does he know there is NO GOLD in this house! He always leaves a little mess behind, but since I caught him a few years back and told him to STOP making a mess or I will OFF him, he has obliged!  Now he only turns things green in our house leaving only the slightest of hints that he has been here!  Some of the things he turns green around here are: the toilet bowl water, milk, water, my EYELASHES, mashed potatoes, eggs, and our pancakes!
St. Patty's Day CAKE Pancakes
1 1/2 cups cake flour 
1 cup white cake mix
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat griddle to 400 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined well. Turn your back for 2 seconds to get a drink of coffee, turn back and the Leprechaun will have turned your batter green.  It is the craziest thing!
Just like any other pancake cook until tiny bubbles start to pop, then flip!  Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute more AND....
This pancake recipe is very basic.  Feel free to add extracts to it to change the flavor a little, add berries or nuts for a little extra oomph, OH, and how about some chocolate chips if you are feeling a little sweet!  The options are endless with these yummy pancakes!  These pancakes are much different than "our favorite pancakes" but we try to spread the love around when it comes to pancakes!

2 eggs
5 TBL butter
1 cup mil
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 TBL sugar
4 tsp baking powder

Beat eggs in bowl.  Melt butter in microwave.  Add milk and butter to eggs, mix well. 
Put flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl, mix well.  Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir only until the dry ingredients are well moistened, don't over mix.

Heat griddle to 350.  Drop 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto griddle.  Cook until bubbles appear (like shown below).
Turn over and cook another 30-45 seconds.  Serve pancakes hot with a little butter, maple syrup or some yummy honey butter! 

Breakfast is a big deal in our house.  We eat it every day.  I cook it almost every day.  Cereal is a rare treat; if you can call Multi-Grain Cheerio's a treat, which my kids do especially since we have found the joy of honey drizzled directly on the Cheerios.   Most mornings I cook a hot breakfast for the kids (Hubby is weird, he likes his Cheerios...go figure) and since I found this new/old cookbook "The Breakfast Book" by Marion Cunningham, (Thanks Lara!)  mornings around here are even better!  On Sunday I opened the cookbook to page 125 - Baked German Pancake.  I have never been to Germany and have never eaten a "REAL" baked German pancake so I have NO IDEA if this is anywhere close to what you would get in Germany, but what I do know is that my kids DEVOURED this pancake 'in just 1 minute' (that is what Girl said anyway).  The kids were savages and ask for a second and then a third.  These are super easy to make - I ended up making THREE of these bad boys AND they ask for them for breakfast again today - typically my kids complain if they have the same thing for breakfast two days in a row (true story).  Boy 2 made the statement "I'm going to ask for this for my next birthday, in 350 something days!"  You know it has to be good if he is already planning almost a year out! 

The recipe:

3 eggs, room temperature
½ cup milk
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2 TBL butter – melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter on 12-inch skillet (with ovenproof handles).

Break eggs into a mixing bowl and beat until thoroughly mixed.  Add the milk and blend well.

Slowly sift the flour and salt into the egg/milk mixture while whisking to blend.  Add melted butter and mix briskly- batter should be smooth. 
Pour batter into pan:
Bake for 22 minutes
I just LOVE the way it puffs up!
Hello beautiful!
Now the recipe says to drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  We sprinkled with powdered sugar, but left the lemon juice off.  Instead we used warm maple syrup and melted honey butter!  YUMMY!
I've written about these pancakes before over at Six in Seoul.  They are so good that I don't want anyone to miss out on them.  I mean when my kids are asking for these pancakes on their birthday, the one day out of the year when you can eat ANYTHING you want for breakfast in our house (and I mean anything) - I think that in itself is worthy of a second post.   (And it's not like they don't get these pancakes at least once a month!)

These pancakes are so light and fluffy they practically melt in your mouth!

4 eggs
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup flour
2 cups sour cream
3 TBL sugar

Put eggs in a mixing bowl and stir until well blended.

Add all ingredients & mix well.

Heat griddle until it is nice and hot…I set mine at 400.  I make these pancakes pretty small - (my kids like to 'dip' them in the syrup) dropping about 1/8th of a cup of pancake mix onto the griddle at a time.

When a few bubbles appear on the top of the pancakes, turn them over and cook briefly.
See the little bubbles? They need just a few more little bubbles before you turn these bad boys over.
Serve with warm maple syrup ~ YUM!