Saturday evening we were all feeling like having a treat! The day was a bit cooler than usual so I thought it was the perfect tip to bake something in the oven. I had been meaning to try the FlapJacked Protein Pancake and Baking Mix that I won on a giveaway from the brand about a month ago. We already had the pancakes for breakfast and everyone loved them.
I decided to use the Buttermilk variety to make some mixed pancake puffs. I just followed the instructions on the package for the batter and then added some mixes to each one of three different batches to have an assorted variety of mini treats.
For the basic batter, using the Buttermilk variety I just had to mix 1/2 cup os the baking mix with a 1/3 cup of cold water. Wisk it up and just let it stand for 2-3 minutes.
I started with the "Apple and Honey Puffs":
These are the most simple and delicious ones, at least for me! I love apple and I think it just adds a lot of moist to whatever your baking. Also, as you know, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"! So, with the apple being there it's a healthy choice and, because we don't want to get sick, let's get to it!
I whisked up the batter, added 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 shredded apple.
I baked them in a pre-heated oven at 400 F and it took me about 12 minutes per batch. When baking it's really important to keep an eye on the oven because the time may vary a bit according to your appliance.
After baking this batch I made two more and divided the batter in two to have two different kinds of puffs. The kids choose M&M's, surprise...hum?? We went along with those and they loved mixing the sweet little dots of color and seeing how it changes the color of the batter. After mixing them we put a single M&M on top of each puff before baking. They kind of melted and didn't look too attractive in the end but they were delicious and the kids were happy. That's the end result you always want to have with kids, right?
Cooking with kids is always fun and a great way to get them involved in the cooking process and be interested in learning more about cooking their own food. Basic skills are very important and starting young is the key!
Look at that happy face!
The last batch was the blueberry lemon puffs. What can go wrong with this flavor combo? Nothing! I had just bought two pints of blueberries and decided to use some of those in these soft treats. I mixed them with the batter and added the zest of a lemon as well as some honey. Because these pancake mix is low on sugar I always like to sweeten it a bit with honey.
They came out perfect and my kitchen was smelling like a bakery after cooking all this delicious mini pancake delights!
The freshness of the lemon zest combines perfectly with the burst of flavor hat you get in every blueberry!
After the puffs cooled down to room temperature...well, we ate some of them, of course! After that I stored them in big old Mason jars with the lid tightly sealed and stored them in the fridge. If it wasn't such a hot month they would be fine on the counter but with these crazy hot summer days it's better not to risk ruining your baking accomplishments and keeping them in the fridge!
To eat them we just take them out of the jar and heat them in the microwave for 10 seconds. It it's a really hot day enjoy them just from the fridge and they're perfect too.
i really enjoyed trying this mix and I'll be experimenting with the other flavors too. I'm leaning towards the "Apple Cinnamon" flavor, just thinking about my kitchen smelling like Christmas! Yes, it's a bit early but I just LOVE Christmas!