Sunday, April 7, 2013

Divine Mercy Pancakes

I was thinking of what I could make to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and I thought, "what is my son's favorite thing to have for breakfast?" Pancakes! Kids love having pancakes made in the shape of things, and fruit syrups are one of my favorite toppings, so came the idea for Divine Mercy pancakes; a heart shaped pancake with strawberry and blueberry syrup rays. To bump up the health factor, I typically make a whole wheat pumpkin pancake.

Even though our son is only three, he has been pretty good at saying the Divine Mercy novena with us. I think that the chaplet is a great place to start when praying with little ones. Its shorter and easier for them to remember the words. We would say, "For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us," and our son would complete it with "and on the whole world."

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
 This is a single batch, you'll probably need to double it

1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
 cinnamon to taste

Beat the egg and mix together all ingredients until smooth.  Drop batter on a hot,
                                                                                         greased griddle or pan. When bubbles form the pancake is ready to flip.

Berry Syrup
Strawberries should be chopped, other berries can go in whole

Fresh or frozen berries - 1 pint or less
lemon juice
cornstarch or flour
1 Tbsp butter

Add berries, a little water, a little sugar, some lemon juice (and some lemon zest if you have it), to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and thicken slightly with a little cornstarch or flour. Cornstarch works better, and making a slurry with water and pouring it in will help stop clumping with either one.

Remove from heat and stir in the butter.

Strain if you want a smooth syrup, but I personally love having the pieces of fruit in it!

To learn more about Jesus' Divine Mercy, click here.

This post is linked up on Equipping Catholic Families Celelinky Thru the Seasons and Carole's Chatter:Food on Friday:Pancakes, Galettes and Crepes

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