Pancakes & Shoes

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Apparently my shoe addiction has made its way into my cooking.

So when Nemo came through last weekend, I got a little stir-crazy. The weather reports kept saying that we had to stay off the roads, we’d be buried in foot after foot of snow, and there might be power outages. Looking back on it, that was a little bit of overkill. Especially since our power didn’t flicker, our roads were clear until about 7 p.m. on Friday night, and my car miraculously had no snow on it in the morning. I apparently have a snow-repellent car. Everyone else on the street had to shovel out their buried cars.

So on Saturday morning I had two choices, either forego breakfast because I was lazy, or make pancakes. The later would require me to be creative since, heck, I just can’t make a simple meal. Also, my friend L bought me the most adorable cookie cutter for my birthday that had fashion shapes – a ballgown, a sheath dress, handbag, and high heeled shoes. They gave me an idea – peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes!

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Snow-repellent cars. Can’t live without them.

Need (This makes 4 servings, cut in a quarter for a morning breakfast for yourself):
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels
&
Any cookie cutters you have to make shaped pancakes

Mix milk, butter, peanut butter, and egg. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.

Heat a skillet on the stove and keep on medium-high heat. Spray pan with Pam or coat lightly with vegetable oil so the pancakes won’t stick. Place cookie cutter on the pan and spoon in pancake batter into the mold. You’ll want to fill it just a quarter of the way up. It’s because the pancake will rise.

Cook until small bubbles appear, flip pancakes. I keep it in the cookie cutter, but that’s your call if you can get it out without ruining it. Cook for another minute or two.

Pull off the pan and push the pancake out of the cutter. This might take a few tries to get it right, but if you have a cutter that has smooth edges (shapes like hearts, squares, gingerbread men work best), you shouldn’t have a problem.

Serve with maple syrup. Yum!

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