Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone waking up in the morning and saying they were so hungry they could eat a dinosaur. Or a giraffe. And especially not a ladybug. That wouldn't be very appetizing and certainly wouldn't fill you up.
But this ladybug pancake is a lot tastier than the real thing, and it's even on the sweet side (when smothered with delicious syrup, that is). And the dinosaur and giraffe are equally delicious.
To make these yummy critter pancakes, start off by adding nonstick cooking spray to a large griddle or skillet (this may not be needed if using a nonstick pan). When outlining the giraffe, start with the neck, and work up to the head and ears, filling in the areas with batter. Then draw the body, and leave some empty spaces to resemble spots. Draw a happy wagging tail, and also fill it in.
Lastly, draw 4 legs, with the "inner" 2 legs being slightly shorter. And add some little feet too if you like. This poor guy has some wobbly knees, but he still gets around just fine.
For the dinosaur, start by outlining the tail, and work your way down to the "belly" and then up to the head and back. Add 2 small squares for feet, and fill in the area with batter.
Add those scary, spiky things on the dino's back, and fill them in.
Next, for the ladybug, ladle batter on the pan to form a circle.
Then draw a little head and 2 antennae. Try not to make the antennae too narrow, or they could break when flipping the pancakes over.
Using a small squeeze bottle or ladle, form a circle about the same size as the body of the ladybug. The red circle will be the wings, and it's just fine if the size is a little bit larger than the ladybug's body.
Let the pancakes cook on low to medium heat.
Then being super, ultra, extremely careful, gently turn the pancakes over slowly so as not to snap off their head, leg, ear or tail. Or even an antenna, for that matter.
My favorite side of the pancake is the rougher-looking side because of the blotchy colors.
Cut the red pancake in half.
Put the red wings on the ladybug, and add chocolate chips to look like "black spots."
Add 1 candy eyeball to each dinosaur and 2 to each giraffe.
Cut the chocolate chips in half to look like sharp teeth, and add them to the dinosaur for a pretty smile.
Serve warm with butter and syrup, or just admire them for a while if they're too cute to eat.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes
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