National Pancake Day: Breakfast for dinner and support a good cause

After having already decided that we’d be rocking the breakfast for dinner option tonight (where pancakes are a guaranteed staple), imagine my surprise when I learned that today, February 5, 2013 also happens to be National Pancake Day. In celebration of that delightful irony, I invite you to get on board with the breakfast for dinner plan either at home (look for my favorite recipe below!) or by heading out to IHOP.

Let me tell you why you want to make your way to IHOP today – and not just for the obvious reason, either. Today, February 5, IHOP is combining National Pancake Day with fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (or other designated local charities), as they have done since 2006. IHOP patrons can enjoy a free shortstack of Buttermilk pancakes today, but in return for that free stack, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Our Billings IHOP confirmed that they are partaking in this event, so support a good cause and pop in today at 2833 King Avenue West.

Let’s say you’d rather have your breakfast for dinner at home, though, allow me to share with you my grandma’s beyond outstanding pancake recipe.

Grandma’s Plain Pancake Recipe:

Heat griddle to 250-300 degrees

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  •  2 cups of flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar

Using a whisk, mix together first your liquids, then your dry ingredients - stirring after each addition.

Simply Becca tip: I like to add cinnamon to my pancakes, but not everybody likes their pancakes this way, so simply sprinkle the cinnamon into the measuring cup you’re using before pouring your batter onto the griddle, and - this is the important part - stir the cinnamon in, don’t just leave it resting on the top, otherwise you’re stuck with less-than-tasty clumps of cinnamon. 

For a special treat, my girl loves it when I add mini chocolate chips to the batter (again, per scoop, not the whole batch) before pouring on the griddle.