Baked Goods · Breakfast · Cooking · Sweets

A Happy Birthday, a Song and a Dance

Yesterday was my 28th birthday – and it was pretty special. I’m very lucky to have such wonderful family and friends. I was spoiled rotten as I am every year. Here are some birthday highlights and a recipe I’d like to share:

Painting pottery at Clayground
Baking with my niece and nephew
Birthday breakfast at Dairy Lane
Coffee at Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Pretty flowers from Philip Chong Flower Bar
An Outriders gig and some Tangy Zangy birthday treats
Waiting for in line for breakfast at Dairy Lane - time spent with him, no matter where we are or what we're doing, is time well spent.

A birthday song for me from my students.

Happy Birthday Pancakes

Yield: 6 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Batter:

1/3 cup plain lactose-free yogurt (I used Lactaid treated greek yogurt)
1 egg
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup lactose-free milk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Sprinkles
Butter (for pan) (or oil if not able to use lactose-free butter)

Icing:

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Sprinkles

Directions:

1. Measure all ingredients except the sprinkles into a bowl. Stir well using a whisk. If the batter is too thick, add a more milk a little bit at a time until you reach you desired consistency.

2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Melt butter, and using a pastry brush, coat the entire pan with the butter.

3. Pour batter into circles on the hot pan (I used a 1/3 cup to ensure my pancakes were relatively the same size). Add sprinkles on top while the 1st side is cooking.

4. Let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for about 1 minute more.

5. Mix the ingredients for the glaze in a measuring cup. Pour over warm pancakes. Enjoy!

These pancakes were perfect for a birthday! While they don’t actually contain cake batter, the pancake recipe delivers cake-like texture – soft, fluffy, tall – and the sprinkles are a fun addition. The vanilla icing glaze pulls it all together. A birthday candle on top adds the final touch.

(Recipe adapted from Cake Batter Pancakes by How Sweet It Is at http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/cake-batter-pancakes/ and Buttermilk Pancakes by Dan Lepard at http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/10/pancake-recipes-dan-lepard)

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