whole wheat pancakes with apple sauce and whipped cream

Cooking With Kids: A Mother’s Day Breakfast

Mother’s day is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to help make a breakfast for mom.  Here we make whole wheat pancakes with apple sauce and whipped cream.  The beauty of this recipe is that it comes together quickly with lots of opportunities for my 5 and 7 year old’s to help out.  The whipped cream recipe can be made from start to finish by a child.  Peeling and chopping are also great activities for little helpers, and it’s all that’s required to make the apple sauce.  The pancakes are made by initially combining the wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients, so each child gets a bowl (and everyone is busy and happy).  The kids then take turns stirring the final batter, with the key being to stir just enough to combine the wet and dry ingredients without over-stirring, yielding the fluffiest, softest Mother’s Day pancakes.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes with Apple Sauce and Whipped Cream

Serves 4 people

This is our favorite basic pancake recipe (we make it so frequently the kids have it memorized) from The Joy of Cooking substituting the white flour for whole wheat flour.

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
3 tbsp. melted butter
Maple syrup for serving (optional)

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.  Briefly wisk the eggs with a fork, then add the milk and stir.  Finally add the melted butter and stir again. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and stir just enough to combine.  Cook in a pre-heated, buttered cast iron skillet on medium low heat until golden brown the flip and continue to cook 2-3 minutes.

Apple Sauce

Making the apple sauce should be the first step because of the longer cooking time.  It can also be make several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. 
The apples we used were fairly sweet, so no sugar was added.

3 medium-large apples of any variety, peeled and chopped
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup water

Combine all ingredients in a small pot and boil over low heat for 15-30 minutes depending on the desired consistency.  Serve warm or cold.

Whipped Cream

1 ½ cups whipping cream
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla

Add whipping cream to a quart size mason jar.  Shake until desired consistency in achieved.  Add sugar and vanilla a stir.