23 January 2009

Heat leftover pancakes in the toaster

Another quick breakfast tip! Jo-Anne's method for serving pancakes on school days:

My husband always makes too many pancakes for my daughter. Well I wrapped up the leftovers (don't know why) and in a pinch threw them in the toaster on a school day. They turned out perfectly! Hot, a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. With some berries or bananas maybe some jam or cream cheese on top they're a perfect quick tasty breakfast for our picky eater!

Or: lay the extra pancakes on a cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer for an hour or so. Transfer the frozen pancakes to a Ziploc freezer bag and toast them any time. Who needs store-bought frozen pancakes when homemade is practically as easy?

Related: Make your own buttermilk pancake mix

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The toaster works for french toast too- and the egg in french toast makes for a very fast healthy school day breakfast. We do have a ban on syrup on school days however- a smear of jelly is plenty.

I second the comment on the french toast -- here is a great recipe for making multiple slices with very little fuss!

http://www.momsbudget.com/freezerrecipes/freezerfrenchtoast.html

Jill just a question, is there really that much less sugar in a smear of jelly, than there is in just a tablespoon of syrup?

I do this all the time with waffles, but pancakes I usually heat in the microwave, so they don't break in the toaster. I also usually make pumpkin or whole wheat pancakes to make them a little healthier.

Instead of syrup, my kids like sprinkles on theirs.

I like to take the leftover pancakes and heat them up in the morning (in the toaster), then use 2 of them as the bread for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the lunchbox. That is one sandwich that never comes back half eaten!

When I was working, I'd make enough pancakes on Saturday for my daughter to last the the whole week. Pop them in the toaster just before getting her out of bed, pack her into the car with two little cakes and off we'd go. I also mixed good things in like ground flaxseed, pumpkin, etc... I always changed it up!

Here in the UK, 'pancakes' are more like crepes. But, you can find packages of American style pancakes ready made for toasting.

Instead of a two-step freezing process, you can just stick all the pancakes in a freezer bag separated by layers of foil, wax paper, or parchment.

CM beat me to it. We freeze the leftover between sheets of waxed paper, inside zip bags and then pop into the toaster for my son. I don't mind the syrup as my pancakes are heavy on the oats and bran and light on the cake. I'll have to post my recipe some time soon and link it.

Alicia, I didn't guess that Jill was talking about the sugar factor, I guessed that she was talking about the messy-ness factor. I imagine that she has found a smear of jelly to be a little less drippy than the poured syrup.

I could be wrong; that's just what popped in my head when I read her post.

I agree with Zed. Syrup just seems to end up *everywhere*. Jelly has more stick-to-the-pancake power.

Yes, the mess is the issue; they can use butter and cinnamon sugar or a smear of jelly, but if they continue to insist that waffles from the toaster are finger foods, I'm not pulling the syrup out on a school day.

thanks for the wax paper tip. hubbie makes pancakes every other weekend and the left-overs always go into the freezer. prying the frozen pancakes apart doesn't add fun to crazy mornings though... i shall make sure we follow through on this one. the toaster always works great... i actually prefer the crispier outside.

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