KID in the KITCHEN: Wild (Center) Whole Wheat Pancakes

28 Feb

(Reminder: I am a FINALIST for an EDDY Award! You can vote for my Edible Long Island piece on Watermelon Mojitos  every day until March 15, 2015. As always, I deeply appreciate your support!) 

If you Google National Pancake Day, you will find a variety of dates, from September to Shrove Tuesday (before Lent) to this coming Tuesday, March 3, as declared by IHOP (International House of Pancakes). So I hereby declare that Natalia National Pancake Day shall be any day that I don’t have to be up at 5:30 a.m. and out by 7 for work and that my son wants to make them and I have the ingredients.

Yes, it is many degrees below zero and we are on a ski I smiling or grimacing?

Yes, it is many degrees below zero and we are on a ski lift…am I smiling or grimacing?

Those stars aligned during the recent winter break from school. We spent the first part of the break with dear friends Adriana and Micaela at Adriana’s sister and brother-in-law’s in the Lake Placid area (because it wasn’t cold enough downstate at -7ºF so we went for -27°F? Eek!). It was a terrific weekend of learning to ski and snowboard and snow shoe (and becoming almost casual about jumping the frozen battery of my car) and actually enjoying winter.

Barred owl at Wild Center (We literary folk thought it was the poetical "bard", but biology tends to be a bit more prosaic)

Barred owl at Wild Center (We literary folk thought it was the poetical “bard”, but biology tends to be a bit more prosaic)

But one day we decided to go to The Wild Center at Tupper Lake, a beautifully designed nature museum full of Adirondack flora and fauna that you could admire in the sunny and well-heated indoors. Funnily enough, they had recipe cards, one of which was for whole wheat pancakes, which the little man decided he wanted to make when we got home.



The original recipe was for 14 pancakes, so we halved most (not all) of the ingredients, keeping the cinnamon and vanilla at full-strength, and adding homemade cranberry-blueberry jam.

The original recipe card Nice, right?

The original recipe card Nice, right?

The little guy has really graduated to following a recipe, measuring and cooking on his own, except for the odd difficult pancake flip and one mild burn, so that was very cool.



We really liked the almost cake-like lift that the baking powder gave them. Not too sweet and very cinnamon-y, these were pancakes we will be making again and again.



Whole Wheat Pancakes (adapted from The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY)

Makes 9 pancakes

1 Cup whole wheat flour

2 ¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

1 large egg

1 Cup milk

1.5 tsp vanilla

(optional 1-2 Tbs of smushed berries or berry jam)

butter for cooking

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix until there are no dry spots, then stop right away. You can swirl in a couple of tablespoons of berries or jam at this point, or do it after you’ve made some plain ones, then add the berries to change things up.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt a knob of butter. When the foaming subsides, spoon batter into skillet ¼ Cup at a time, leaving plenty of room for each pancake. The surface will start bubbling. When the bubbling settles and the edges look set, it’s safe to flip. Cook till the edges set again, remove and stack on a warm plate and start another batch, adding butter to the skillet as needed.




7 Responses to “KID in the KITCHEN: Wild (Center) Whole Wheat Pancakes”

  1. Leah March 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I work at The Wild Center and we are very excited you tried our recipe! They look like they turned out great 🙂 I have to make mine with gluten free flour (almond or coconut are my favorites) and I usually add some blueberries picked fresh from my own backyard.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 3, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you Leah! We had a wonderful time at The Wild Center and hope to go back in the warm weather! I have 2 more recipe cards, so I hope to try those out too! Thanks for the gluten-free tips!

  2. Adri Barr Crocetti February 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    I LOVE pancakes, and these sound fab.I always enjoy pancakes made with whole grain flours. I find that they are so much more satisfying than the so often bland white flour versions. Plus I find that the addition of a bit of cinnamon, as in this recipe, really lifts the flavor of the whole grain. These sound like the perfect way to start one’s day.

    I’m off now to vote for you. I wish you the best of luck in the contest. I will pass the word around to me blogging buddies to vote for you.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks so much Adri! We love cinnamon here too and sprinkle it on lots of sweet or semi-sweet things…especially hot apple cider! I very much appreciate your votes!!!

  3. trucvert February 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Those look like great pancakes to us!

  4. Mad Dog February 28, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    It’s most definitely Shrove Tuesday for pancakes in Britain and it’s a way of using up all the rich fatty foods before Lenten fasting. However, your in America so you can have any pancake day you like! Those look like terrific pancakes too, so well done Leandro 🙂

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