You know in all honesty, I think I like making pancakes more than Calla likes eating them. So many different kinds from Classic, Wholegrain, Buttermilk to Yogurt. With or without fruit in them or on them. Served with maple syrup, honey, yogurt or jam. The options are endless, and they are relatively easy (and fun) to make. One day maybe I’ll even venture into making different shapes, letters or adding a little food coloring to make some fun colored ones. Right now, I’m just not that creative, so the traditional circle (of all sizes) is my specialty.
Calla will take a bite or two out of the pancake, then proceed to grab it in her hands, squish it together, break it apart, poke at it and eventually fling it off the highchair. Or very innocently dropped it off the side with a mischievous ‘Oh!’.
For these particular ones, instead of grating or dicing the pear and adding it to the batter, I sliced them then placed a piece on the uncooked side before flipping them. They stayed super moist with the orange juice and yogurt, and small since I only used about 1/4 cup of batter for each one.
I froze about half the pancakes for a later date when I’m in need of a quick breakfast or snack.
Pear, Orange & Yogurt Babycakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp butter for frying, or oil
1-2 Pears, thinly sliced
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs. Add remaining liquid ingredients to eggs and stir well to combine. Pour wet mix into dry mix and gently fold together until just combined. If you find the batter a little too thick, add more milk. A little to thin and runny, add a bit more flour. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Slice pears and set next to pan.
Brush pan lightly with butter. When it sizzles, at 1/4 cup of batter to pan, in the shape you desire. Add one or two slices of pear to each pancake. When small bubbles appear on the uncooked surface and edges begin to dry, flip over. Careful they don’t land on each other or sides of pan in the flipping process. Cook a few minutes more then remove from pan. Add a little butter and continue with remaining batter.
Serve with a little maple syrup, fruit puree or on their own.