Pancakes…Or Not

1512031_683729534998292_8621720598215184951_oOkay, I know most of my stuff is about fantasy and mythology, and those are the things I love the best.  But I also like to make things, as those who’ve been around know from my crochet stuff.

Well, it’s hard to get anything done on an empty stomach, so I thought I’d share some recipes we use when we want a snack.  Or breakfast.  Or supper.

 

Breakfast just wouldn’t be breakfast without a pancake now and again, and several companies have made it quite easy to enjoy their fluffy goodness (along with some bacon, of course). All you do is figure out how many pancakes you want, add some water to the mix, and pour it on the griddle. Cover it with syrup, and there’s no way to have a bad day.

But this awesome mix isn’t just for pancakes.

Let’s face it, we all have those times we remember the potluck at work at ten o’clock the night before. There’s that moment of ‘what am I gonna do?’ when the stores are closed or you just flat out don’t want to get dressed again and go out. And, of course, who really wants to stop at the crack of dawn on the way to work? Then comes that phone call when we’re cleaning house, reading a good book, or otherwise not in any mindset to entertain. That ‘I’m in the neighborhood and thought I’d stop by’ one.

This is where pancake mix comes to the rescue. I know, it sounds bizarre. But you aren’t making pancakes. Instead, you’re using the pancake mix as a base to make a simple coffee cake. Now, I’ll warn you, the cook time can range up to forty-five minutes, but the preparation only takes about five. This leaves you free to prepare for company – vacuum and scrub like a crazy person – or get ready for work.

NOTE: Cooking times may vary a little. Just stick a fork in the center, and if it comes out clean, it’s done.

 

  1. Simple Coffee Cake –This one is the easiest, and if you have the pancake mix, you probably have the other stuff, too.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared according to package directions

1-2 cups brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

Cinnamon

Nuts (optional)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Grease a loaf pan or 8” x 8” cake pan.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Add granulated sugar, vanilla, and a little cinnamon to the pancake mix.  Pour half the pancake mix into the loaf pan.  Completely cover the mix with brown sugar.  Sprinkle on a little cinnamon.  Carefully pour the remaining pancake batter over the first layer.  Top with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Serve hot.

 

  1. Banana Nut Bread – This one takes a little more time, but it’s well worth the additional effort.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix mixed according to package directions

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 bananas

Nuts

 

Grease a loaf pan or 8” x 8” cake pan.  Squash the bananas with the brown sugar.  Add the granulated sugar, banana mixture, vanilla, and nuts to the pancake mix and blend.  Pour into the pan and cook at 300 degrees for about 1 hour.

 

  1. Muffin Bread – This is another one that’s super easy to mix up. The end result is a warm, comforting bread that goes well with tea or coffee.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix mixed according to package directions

1 package muffin mix (any flavor) mixed to package directions

1 tsp vanilla

Combine the two mixes and pour into a greased loaf pan or 8” x 8” cake pan.  Cook at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes.

 

  1. Pineapple Upside Down Cake – This one is a little gooey and takes a bit longer to cook than some of the others. It’s important to make sure the pineapple is thoroughly drained.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix mixed according to package directions

1 can pineapple tidbits

2 cups brown sugar

½ cup granulate sugar

Butter

1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon

 

Grease a loaf pan or 8” x 8” cake pan.  Add the vanilla and granulate sugar to the pancake mix.  Blend thoroughly.  Pour ½ the mixture into the loaf pan.  Cover with brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Carefully pour the remaining pancake mix over the top of the brown sugar.  Drain the pineapple and place on top.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar and add a few pads of butter to the top.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour.

 

  1. Chocolate Coffee Cake – This is another easy one that only takes a minute to mix up.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix and enough water to prepare according to directions

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup cocoa powder

Vanilla

Cinnamon

 

For this one, it works best to add the chocolate powder before you add the water.  Blend the pancake mix, chocolate powder, and sugar then add the appropriate amount of water and vanilla.  I like a touch of cinnamon in mine, but that’s completely optional.

Grease an 8”x 8” baking pan or a loaf pan.  Pour in the mixture and bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour or until a fork stuck through the center comes out clean.

 

  1. Apple Cobbler – This one takes some effort to put together, but the end result is pretty good.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared according to package directions

4-5 apples, chopped into pieces

¼ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

Cinnamon

Nuts (optional)

Prepare the pancake mix, add a little cinnamon and ¼ cup brown sugar then set aside.  Chop the apples and toss them with the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and the butter (cut into small pieces).  Add nuts if desired.  Place the apple mixture in the bottom of a well-greased pan.  Top with the pancake mix.  Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, cinnamon, and add a few pads of butter.  Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until done.

 

  1. Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake – This one is a little softer than the others, and baking time can be more difficult to judge.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared to package directions

1 cup chopped strawberries

¼ cup granulated sugar

4 oz. cream cheese

¼ cup brown sugar

Vanilla

 

Grease a loaf pan or an 8” x 8” cake pan.  Fold the strawberries, granulated sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla into the pancake mix.  (The cream cheese will blend in best if it’s at room temperature.)  Top with brown sugar and bake at 300 degrees.  Check it at 30 minutes for doneness and let it cook until done, checking about every 10 minutes.

 

  1. Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – This is a super easy one that’s nice and sweet when it comes out of the oven.

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared according to package directions

1 bag chocolate chips

1/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

Vanilla

 

Stir the chocolate chips, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla into the pancake mix.  Pour into a greased loaf pan or a greased 8” x 8” baking pan.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Use a fork to test for doneness.

 

  1. Syrup Coffee Cake – This one takes less than five minutes to put together. It’s a great substitute for pancakes when there isn’t the inclination to stand at the griddle.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared according to package directions

¼ – ½ cup pancake syrup

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

Vanilla

3 tablespoons butter chopped into small pieces

 

Grease a loaf pan or an 8” x 8” baking pan.  Combine the pancake mix, syrup, granulated sugar, vanilla, and butter in a bowl.  Mix well.  Pour ½ the mixture into the baking pan.  Cover with brown sugar.  Carefully pour the remaining mix into the pan.  Top with the remaining brown sugar.  Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

 

  1. Breakfast Casserole – Okay, this isn’t a coffee cake at all, but it makes a wonderful breakfast casserole, especially when you add syrup like you would with pancakes.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups pancake mix prepared according to package directions

1 package bacon, cooked and chopped

4-5 chicken tenders cooked and chopped

1 ½ cup grated cheese

Two eggs, scrambled (optional)

 

Grease a casserole dish.  Add the bacon and chicken to the bottom of the dish.  Add a layer of eggs if desired.  Top with the grated cheese.  Carefully pour the pancake mix over the top.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Use a fork to check for doneness.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s