Dressed in a neatly ironed white collar shirt, a knee high pleated woolen grey skirt, a crimson red blazer, red socks and polished black shoes, I rode my bicycle to school every day. The Convent where I studied was my special place. A place where I learnt Christmas carols, morning hymns, made friends and spent the formative years of my life. Schools define your life more than any institution. They become a part of who you are. My school located in the beautiful city of Dehradun, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas was the place that shaped my personality and my life choices too.
Being a Convent my school had Christmas festivities at its fore. It was a festival that was celebrated with aplomb. The planning for Christmas festivities started many months in advance. The zero period was our designated practice session. It also meant, we had a legit reason to bunk our classes!
The Christmas tree was decorated with fairy lights and stockings, choirs started practicing carols, our PE teacher Mr Riche was our designated Santa every year, and students dressed up as Mother Mary and Father Joseph, Kings, Elves, Reindeers etc. The red brick school corridors echoed in unison, Jingle bells, Jingle bells. Theatrical acts, carol singing competitions, bake sales, everything revolved around Christmas for few enthralling weeks. Since I loved singing immensely, I was always part of the school choir and remember every Christmas Carol by heart until today.
The beautiful camaraderie we shared amongst the school mates was pious and beautiful. Something that I miss even now. While making this festive mini Pancake Cereal today with my kids, I started humming my beloved Christmas Carols and reminiscing good old days.
ABOUT MINI PANCAKE CEREAL: Over the last few days the kids and I have spent plenty of time in the kitchen dishing out several fun and simple Christmas recipes. Usually I don’t make many desserts, however this time of the year is very close to my heart and I intend to make it very special for my boys too. Therefore on my little ones special request, we made his favourite Mini Pancake Cereal in Christmas colours. I have used storebought natural colours to colour the Pancakes.
Mini Pancake cereal started as a TikTok trend (yes after the Dalgona coffee trend) during lockdown and soon became a viral sensation. My boys love it so much that we have made this over and over in the last few months. Since its Christmas, this time we decided to give a little twist to our Cereal, by making it in Red, White and Green colours!
This Christmas special Pancake Cereal is a fun twist to Good Old fashioned Pancakes and makes for the perfect Christmas breakfast. It was also a fun activity for my boys who are forever high on energy and need to be engaged in doing something productive. I handed them the bottle containing the batter and allowed them to make cute little dots while I sipped on my Coffee in peace!
KEY INGREDIENTS TO MAKE MINI PANCAKE CEREAL:
All Purpose Flour: Light, airy, fluffy mini Pancake Cereal calls for use of all purpose flour. It has medium gluten protein content which makes it an ideal choice for preparing the pancake batter. If you would like a healthier alternative, feel free to use Wholewheat flour. I’ve used it several times in the past and it tastes great in this recipe.
Buttermilk: Using Buttermilk instead of regular Milk adds a delicious tang and creaminess to our Pancake Cereal. It makes our Pancakes especially delicious.
Butter: The butter when added to the pan gives a delicious hue to the Pancakes and also prevents them from sticking to the pan. If you would like to skip the butter, use good quality non stick pan or a well seasoned Cast Iron skillet. Cook the mini Pancakes on low heat until cooked.
Vanilla: I’ve added pure Vanilla extract to the mini Pancakes as let’s face it, a bowl full of the cutest Pancakes smelling of Vanilla is just what you want to wake up to on Christmas morning.
Maple Syrup: I’ve added a couple tablespoons of delicious Canadian Maple Syrup to make the Cereal mildly sweet. If you wish to skimp on Sugar, you can skip using it at this stage and simply serve it alongside the Pancake Cereal later.
Baking soda/ Baking Powder: Since this is an eggless recipe, we rely completely on Baking Soda and Powder to make our pancakes light, airy and fluffy. I use only half a teaspoon of each as if used in extra quantities, it can ruin the taste of the Pancakes.
HOW TO MAKE MINI PANCAKE CEREAL:
Made with just a handful of ingredients which are readily available in your pantry, the process is similar to making regular pancakes. Mix in Flour, Buttermilk, Baking Soda and Baking Powder. I also like to add some Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract to my Mini Pancakes to make them extra special.
Once the batter is ready, divide it into three parts and add Red and Green colour to two parts and transfer the three batters plastic squeeze bottles with thin nozzles or a piping bags. You can also use Ziplock bags by cutting a tiny part from the side.
Once the batter is in the squeeze bottles, simply pour out tiny dots on the pan with a slight squeeze.
It takes hardly a few minutes for them to turn golden brown. Make sure the stove is on a low flame while you are doing this as the Pancakes tend to burn quickly.
HOW TO SERVE MINI PANCAKE CEREAL:
Devour your delicious Mini Pancake Cereal with hot/cold Milk, Yogurt, seasonal fruits, Maple Syrup/Honey or any topping of your choice. We enjoyed them with some warm milk, Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate Chips.
If you make my simple and completely adorable Christmas special Mini Pancake Cereal do tag me on Instagram @supaintsonplates #supaintsonplates. I would love to see your pictures.
Have a wonderful day!
Mini Pancake Cereal
- 2 Cup Flour
- 1.5 Cups Buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder to a mixing bowl
- Add enough buttermilk to the flour to make a thick batter.
- Mix well till the batter is lump free. Now add the Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract and mix.
- Divide the batter into two parts. Pour one part of the batter in a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle.
- Divide the remaining batter into two parts. Add a few drops green colour to one part and red colour to the other part until you achieve the desired colour.
- Add some butter to a hot pan, squeeze small drops of this batter on the pan. Cook on a low flame on both sides.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy.