If you’re looking for a new holiday tradition, try a little Easter pancake art with your family this spring. Below you’ll find tips and pancake art video tutorials on how to create Easter egg pancakes, Easter bunny pancakes, and baby chick pancakes (sort of—ha).
Spring is my FAVORITE season because…
I’ve been looking online for ideas on how to celebrate the change of season, and I admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are thousands of activities you can do with your kids. I was staring at my Pinterest feed when I remembered Roost Books had sent me a copy of The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul to review.
I started to flip through the pages and this insight stood out to me…
I realized I want a special Easter breakfast to be part of our family’s annual tradition. What I love is that this simple tradition can GROW with my girls. In The Artful Year Jean explains,
We can modify or discard traditions that are no longer working for our families and even audition a few new ideas each season. We can and should take a deliberate approach to the cycle of our family year and the traditions we develop together.
Read the full book summary.
I love her approach to celebrating the seasons. Right now, my girls are eight and ten and “a special Easter breakfast” means making pancake art together. Perhaps when they are twenty-one, it will mean champagne mimosas at breakfast.
Shall we get cookin’?
Easter Pancake Art
Here are a few basic tips for getting started:
- When we do pancake art, we always use this pancake recipe for the batter. It is nice and thin, tastes great, and is easy to work with. Be sure to whisk all the lumps out of your batter.
- Set your griddle at 375 degrees to allow yourself a little time to work your magic. This temp allows the batter to set properly, but still gives you leeway to play.
- I recommend using using plastic squeeze bottles for your colored batter. You can order bottles online or usually find them in either (a) the kitchen section or (b) the cake decorating section of your local store.
- I scoop batter into a liquid measuring cup, add the food coloring, stir until mixed, and then pour the colored batter into the plastic squeeze bottles. We like Wilton Icing Colors because of the variety of shades.*If you’re not keen on using food coloring, be sure to check out the end of this post for a natural dye suggestion.
Start simple. Begin with an Easter egg. Honestly, you could make a solid colored oval and your kids would be ecstatic. Relax.
This doesn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy, it simply has to bring a smile to your child’s face. And ya know what? I am guessing, if you’re smiling while doing this, they’ll be smiling, too.
Here’s how to create an Easter egg…
Outlines first. When you’re creating your pancake art you always want to create an outline and then fill the space. Also, in the Easter egg tutorial above you’ll notice the polka dots were added, allowed to cook briefly, and then the space was filled. This stops the colors from bleeding together. You’ll see this again below with the Easter bunny’s facial features in the tutorial below.
Let the kids participate. If your child is an appropriate age, let them do some pancake art, too. Of course, be cautious of how hot the griddle is! My daughters love to do a variety of Easter egg pancakes. The best part? If you make a mistake, you just eat it and move on.
Be patient. If the batter gets stuck while your working, put your finger on the top of the spout and shake the container to try to break up the flour clump. Don’t attempt to squeeze the blockage through (see video below—ha). Instead, simply switch to a different color and fix the plastic squeeze bottle after the pancake is finished.
Experiment. In The Artful Year there is an awesome recipe for Fruity Spring Pancakes that uses pureed strawberries and blueberries as natural dye (and flavoring) for creating pancake art. How cool is that?!? I can’t wait to try out the adorable flower pancakes in the book.
The Artful Year has become my go-to resource to cut through the clutter and find meaningful projects my children will adore. I continue to recite Jean’s insightful words over and over:
It’s not about doing more. It’s about making choices, fostering creativity, and building family connection.
She reiterates multiple times in the book that there is no pressure to get through this collection of ideas. It is simply a source for inspiration. Love that.
I hope you have fun with the pancakes. If you have questions about the pancake art or the book, let me know in the comments below.
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The quotes above are from The Artful Year, by Jean Van’t Hul, © 2015 by Jean Van’t Hul. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com