Bacon and Gouda Pancakes

These pancakes were inspired by my 2 1/2 year old son. Since he is allergic to eggs (not eggs in a baked dish), I always have to get creative with breakfast for him. He absolutely loves bacon and maple syrup. After asking him and my 4 year old daughter what they wanted for Sunday breakfast, they screamed out "Pancakes!  But can we help?"

I thought, why not add bacon in my pancakes (since I had only three slices on hand) and red wax gouda?  I then put the kids to work. They love grating and mixing, and this recipes calls for both. My daughter grated the cheese and my son whisked everything together.

This is my quick pancake recipe.  You can substitute the bacon and gouda with ham, turkey, sausage, cheddar, parmesan or goat cheese. And for those of you who don't like to mix sweet and salty, you can always add your more traditional toppings like bananas or blueberries.

Bacon and Gouda Pancakes | Wannabee Chef

Dads will love this on Father's Day

These pancakes would make a great Fathers Day brunch item, especially when the kids help out. BTW, I cooked the pancakes in the same skillet I cooked the bacon in.  Bacon drippings make the best fat!

Bacon and Gouda Pancakes

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of black pepper
1/2 cup gouda cheese, grated
1/4 cup not very crispy cooked bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, black pepper and nutmeg.  In another bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the milk, vanilla, bacon and gouda.

Melt the butter (or in my case, bacon drippings) in a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.

Whisk the butter into the milk mixture.  Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk until a thick batter is just formed.

Keeping the skillet at medium heat, ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet, to make a pancake.  Ladle 1 or 2 more pancakes, taking care to keep them evenly spaced apart.  Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes, and the otherside is golden brown, about 2 minutes.  Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side.  Serve immediately or keep warm in an 200 degree oven.  Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.

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My son Veer (a.k.a. The Baconater) enjoying the final result

The Baconater enjoyed his pancake with a little extra maple syrup.  He was a sticky mess in his pajamas!

Bacon and Gouda Pancakes | Wannabee Chef

Berry Vanilla Yogurt Parfait

My kids love going to the ice cream or frozen yogurt store and selecting all the various candy toppings for their dessert.  It's so tough to stop them from piling them on!  This parfait allows younger kids to participate in making their own custom made dessert, except that it's much healthier.  It's especially perfect for pre-school age children because they can use their hands without having to handle dangerous kitchen tools.  In addition to dessert, it also makes for a great breakfast food or after school snack.

Here are the ingredients I used for my recipe:

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

1 cup grass fed vanilla yogurt (whole milk)

1 tbsp jam or marmalade

1 tsp toasted coconut chips (store bought) 

First, put 1/8 cup blueberries into any vessel of your choice, such as a glass or bowl.  (I used a wine glass for a little extra pizzazz!  My kids thought it was the coolest thing!)  Spoon 1/4 cup of yogurt on top, then add 1/8 cup strawberries, followed by another 1/4 cup of yogurt.  Drizzle the jam or marmalade.  Continue layering until all the ingredients are done.  Top with the coconut chips for that extra crunchiness.  I also rimmed the glass with turbinado sugar.

If your kids are too young to use a knife to slice the strawberries, they could also mush them with their hands.  Also, I know there are so many options for yogurt at the grocery store, it can really be overwhelming.  Because it's healthier, I recommend any grass fed, whole milk yogurt, either plain or in a flavor of your kid's choice.  If you're more adventurous, you could also make your own yogurt at home using an Instant Pot.  I will be putting up a post very soon showing you how to do it!  It's not as hard as you might think!   

Feel free to let your kids get as creative as they want and mix up the ingredients.  Some other ideas include granola, your children's favorite cereal, nuts, and other fruits. 

The parfait will sit well for up to two days in the fridge.