Rainbow Pancakes

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk or buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • vegetable oil for cooking
  • Food colouring

You will need as many small bowls as colours you will be adding to your batter.
The recipe will need to be adjusted depending on how many people, pancakes and pancakes size.
Get a large bowl and put in the flour, sugar baking powder and salt. Mix these together.
Add milk, butter and egg.

If you prefer to whisk the egg in a separate bowl before then add it to the large bowl you can. This will help make sure no shell goes in the batter.
Stir all ingredients together until all flour is mixed in and moist. Once batter has been made, divide equally into your small bowls. One bowl per colour pancake.

Use one drop of food colouring to start, mix the batter then add more drops to get the colour you want. Do this with each colour you wish to have. Don’t forget your primary colours and what you will need to make secondary colours. (This sounds like an art class!)
Once all your colours have been mixed in the batter, get a non stick pan/skillet and turn on heat to medium. The pan is ready when a drop of water sizzle when on the pan.

Lightly brush the pan with oil. Put about 1/4 cupfuls of batter into the pan and spread. Cook until you see the pancakes bubble and the edges are dry. Then flip and do the other side. If you are making lots of pancakes you can turn the oven on a low heat and keep pancakes in there until you are ready to serve.
Stack those colours in order, add maple syrup and eat!

This activity is brought to you by Camp Northland, an overnight camp based in Haliburton, Ontario with a 100+ year tradition of creating memorable summer experiences for children and teenagers from Southern Ontario.

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