It's been a bit of a crazy week here at our house. Ryan was away for business, so of course, the big kids wanted breakfast for dinner one night. Their request got me thinking - why do I love pancakes out at diners and great morning restaurant joints, but not at home? I've made pancakes for years, with a Bisquick recipe, a basic recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook I have, and even tried a recipe from Alton Brown. All were fine, but none remind me of really, really good diner pancakes. So, since I had an evening free with breakfast for dinner requested, I set to work.
I made three recipes, invited some kids over, and we had a taste test. I included the BH&G recipe that have used in the past, as a control. I found two other recipes that claimed to be reminiscent of diner flapjacks. In the end we found two keeper recipes! The winner was as close as I've gotten to diner pancakes at home, and the runner-up was close, but fluffier and thicker. I've included photos with the recipes and you'll see the height difference! I liked them both for different reasons, and there was a split decision from the kids as to their favorite. Both are posted below - let me know which one your family prefers!
Beyond pancakes, one dinner recipe was also voted a keeper this week. It is a slow-cooker chicken recipe. I just love using my slow-cooker--it is fantastic for busy families, and does most of the heavy lifting to get dinner together for you.
It's Friday the 13th! Are you watching a scary movie tonight? The kids pick out the movie on Friday nights around here, so we'll see what they pick. Pizza and movie night doesn't offer an opportunity to try out a new dinner recipe, but it is wonderful to have a comforting family ritual that we all look forward to each week.
Diner Pancakes: the winner
Diner Pancakes: the runner-up
Slow Cooker Chicken with Mushroom Gravy