Day 12 of our Kidding Around class was about pancakes. Our instructor, Tami, suggested we make pancakes with a fun mix-in and then write about it. Trevor and I raided the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer looking for interesting things to put in pancakes. Eventually, we (Trevor) chose 8 items: mixed berries, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, sprinkles (yellow and red), Andes Mint baking chips, and food color (red and blue).
We made a large batch of pancake batter and divided it up. One by one, we added each item to the batter and then poured it on the griddle. It was fascinating to see how the various mix-ins affected the texture, baking time, and thickness of the completed pancake. When we were done with the pancakes, we put one of each type on each of our plates.
Of course, we turned this into a taste test. As we tried each pancake, we discussed its characteristics and judged its merits. Then we made a chart where we each ranked the cupcakes from best (#1) to worst (#8).
When we were done, we headed upstairs to work on our journals. We each punched eight circles from watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to mimic the look of each pancake. Trevor has only worked with watercolor pencils a handful of times before, so it was fun for him to use a different medium. When they were dry, we glued them into our journal. Trevor glued our scorecard into the facing page of his.