What is better than pancakes and bacon?
Pancakes filled with bacon!
Obvious statement of the day- bacon is a popular food. It seems that any restaurant that wants to improve their menu needs only to add bacon to a couple dishes. Or simply make a dish that revolves around bacon.
Most of my family adores bacon. If bacon is part of a breakfast menu, even teens are certain to get out of bed earlier and with a smile. There’s something about its combination of salt and fat that makes this meat nearly addictive for many.
Today’s breakfast creation comes courtesy of my 16 year old daughter. As part of a food class, she was assigned to make pancakes and brought bacon for a side. While cooking the pancakes, she decided to take some of her freshly cooked bacon and add it to the pancakes. Sprinkle on a few chocolate chips, and she had created something quite addictive.
Although these pancakes aren’t my cup of tea, I do see how they could be crave-worthy. Some crispy bacon adds a nice element of crunch and a good dose of saltiness to balance the sweetness of the chocolate chips. Of course, if you prefer to skip the chocolate, the bacon still would be a nice counterpoint to the maple syrup.
You won’t need a full (or even half) package of bacon for this recipe. However, my kids thought that was great. The extra bacon can be used as an appetizer while waiting for your pancakes!
- 4 strips bacon
- 1 egg
- 1/2 Tb. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 Tb. sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup skim milk
- chocolate chips
- In a large frying pan cook bacon until crispy. (Chewy bacon doesn’t work as well in the recipe.) Transfer to paper towel-lined plate.
- Preheat griddle (if electric, 300° or if on stovetop, medium heat).
- Whisk egg in a large measuring cup or bowl with pouring spout. Add remaining ingredients, and whisk until combined.
- Chop bacon into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Pour approximately 1/4 cup of batter on heated griddle.
- Sprinkle 1/8 of bacon pieces on each pancake (and chocolate chips, if desired).
- When bubbles appear and create holes, flip pancake.
- Cook until second side is golden brown. Serve immediately, with butter and syrup, if desired.