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Wholewheat Pikelet Art

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A dash of inspiration and some simple pantry staples transform plain-old pikelet batter into canvases for creative spirits. Warm up the pan and get inspired with these fun ideas for pikelets.

Ingredients 
Servings: 4

1-1/4 cups (300 mL) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon (15 mL) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking soda
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) buttermilk (or 1 cup yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup milk)
2 tablespoons (30 mL) vegetable oil
1 egg
Vegetable oil for the pan
Maple syrup or fresh fruit

Cooking Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  2. In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk (or alternative), oil and egg.
  3. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Be careful not to overbeat the batter (it will deflate).
  5. Fill a squeeze bottle (like an empty ketchup bottle or similar) with batter.
  6. Brush a pan with vegetable oil and place over medium heat.
  7. When a drop of water sizzles and evaporates instantly, you are ready to begin creating your pikelet masterpieces. See below for ideas.
  8. When one side of the pancake is golden brown and bubbles appear on the top side of the pancake, flip over carefully and bake the other side until browned.
  9. Serve with syrup or fruit.

Creating your pancake masterpieces: Using the squeeze bottle, squirt out circles and squiggles and shapes onto the pan. Work quickly because they will cook and solidify in seconds. Also, you can create designs by adding batter at different times. For instance, squeeze out your initials onto the pan (backwards, of course), then cover completely with batter (use a spoon for large amounts). The initials will show up darker than the background pancake.

Here are some more ideas for designs:
  • A big love heart - to tell Dad how much you love him!
  • Happy face: Squeeze out two little eyes and a smiling mouth. Let bake for just a few seconds, then cover completely with batter.
  • Teddy bear: One round spot for a nose, two spots for eyes and a smiling mouth. Let bake for just a moment, then cover completely with batter to make the face and add two round ears at the top.
  • Mouse: Similar to the teddy bear (above), only add whiskers when you do the nose.
  • Flower: Squeeze out round middle, let bake for a moment then surround with round petals. Add a stem if you're brave.
  • Secret message: Write something (backwards!) on the pan.