Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sugar and Spice To Make An Easy Breakfast Nice

We're a cereal for breakfast kind of family.  Sometimes toast, but not burnt toast.  I never burn toast.  At least lately.

Friday mornings call for hot chocolate and whip cream with breakfast.  The kids call it "Whip Cream Friday."  No cookies though.  Okay, maybe I have given the kids a cookie at breakfast once.....or twice.

Pancakes are usually reserved for supper.  With loads of berries and toasted nuts.  Yum.

Special days call for something....special....and easy.  The first visit to kindergarten calls for a special breakfast treat.

What's easier than "Pancake Muffins?"

Chewy and I whipped up a batch in the morning before taking Scooter to visit kindergarten yesterday.  It's always fun to get the kids involved in the safer part of baking!  Especially when you're not very precise about measuring.

Sugar and Spice Muffins by Krusteaz from "Cooking in Style The Costco Way" 

2 1/2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pankcake Mix
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

TOPPING
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2.  In a medium bowl, stir together pancake mix, water, sugar, oil, egg and nutmeg until just blended.
3.  Spoon batter into a lightly greased or paper-lined 12-cup muffin pan, filling two-thirds full.
4.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5.  To prepare the topping, melt butter and set aside.  In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon.
6.  While muffins are still warm from the oven, dip into melted butter and then cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Makes 12 servings.

Disclaimer:  I've never actually made these according to the directions.  I also subract, add, and substitute things.  We like a little experimenting in the kitchen. 

This time we used less sugar, less oil, more water, and added milled flax seed.  Yum. 

Another time I used less sugar, less oil, added milled flax seed, more water, 1/2 cup pumpkin, and some cinnamon in the batter.  That was really yummy!

The first time I substituted applesauce for the oil.  Plus, you can leave out the sugary topping if you want.

But special days call for a special sugary topping! 

How do you "celebrate" those "special days?"  Any easy recipes you've tried lately?  Are you a pancake for breakfast or a pancake for dinner kind of person? 

Pancakes for dinner here!  And pancake muffins anytime of the day!  Enjoy your day!

Psst... Find the hot cocoa recipe here.  Have you tried the Baklava recipe yet?  I'd love to hear how it turned out for you.  Find it here.

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