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I love me some good pancakes on a Saturday morning! I have many childhood memories of waking up to the rich and wonderful smells of my dad or grandma pouring pancake batter into a hot skillet while bacon sizzled in grease in another skillet. These were the smells of holidays and weekends to me. Smells that meant all was well in the world, or at least until Monday, anyway.
But you see, a hot breakfast at my house is like dangling fresh kill in front of a wolf. A ravenous wolf.
Oh and pancakes seem to take a lot of work. And time.
And I do not have very much time these days, much less energy. (Amen?)
And is it just me. or does it always seems that in the amount of time I am able to cook up enough pancakes for each of the wolves in my pack, that they are back at my side howling for their second serving? It always seems that AFTER everyone else has had their bellies filled that I can finally sit down and enjoy the last small pancake made from the last scrapings of pancake batter, alone.
*Oh, the joys of motherhood*
As I contemplated these things this morning and stared at my prepared pancake batter with a fleeting wave of defeat, I suddenly had an AHA! moment!
Why don’t I just BAKE the pancakes?? In a CASSEROLE DISH???!
Baked pancakes. Pancake Bake. The thought was almost too simple it was ludicrous. I mean, it seemed so easy, it should be illegal!!! But not willing to give up my pancakey goodness to the snares of time and energy, I snatched a casserole dish and gave it a good quick spritz with non stick cooking spray. In hindsight, I suppose I could have slicked it down with butter for extra flavor. In a flash I turned on the oven to 350 degrees as a starting point (because aren’t all good things baked at 350?). I grabbed my rubber spatula and started scraping the pancake batter* into the casserole dish like a mad woman, sprinkled some cinnamon over top for good measure, and shoved the dish into the oven with glee. I set the timer for 25 minutes, mostly because it felt right, and then pranced away.
I checked on the progress after about 15 minutes just to make sure I wasn’t going to burn the house down and noticed all seemed well.
At the 25 minute mark, the edges were golden and slightly pulled away from the casserole dish. I pulled it out of the oven and stuck a toothpick in several spots to check for doneness. Perfection! Sprinkled some powdered sugar over top for pretties and cut into squares. Then I put a dollop of butter and a drizzle of syrup over each square for serving.
Now can I mention just one little thing?
I’ll never do pancakes any other way again.
*Note: I use Aldi brand boxed pancake batter. You can find Bisquick brand HERE.
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- 1 batch of Bisquick or similar pancake mix, prepared into a batter according to package directions
- Cinnamon and sugar mixture (opt'l)
- Powdered Sugar (opt'l)
- Butter & Syrup for serving
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a casserole dish with non stick cooking spray, or grease with butter for added flavor.
- Pour prepared pancake batter into casserole dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (optional). Bake for 25-30 mins.
- When the edges are golden and slightly pulled away from the edge of the dish, test with a toothpick for doneness.
- Cut into squares and serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a dollop of butter, and a drizzle of syrup!
- Get creative! Add ground sausage and cheese for a savory casserole, or slather with peanut butter for extra protein! Add a fruit syrup for something extra special!