Question: What is the one fault that all pancakes share?
Answer: You pour some syrup on ’em, and two minutes later, the syrup is gone. So, you bite the bullet and pour some more. Cycle repeats.
The Reason: Why does this happen? Well, it’s pretty simple. Pancakes are like edible sponges. They soak that syrup right up and pretty soon, they’re as dry as a bone. I’d argue that size can also be an issue. One pancake is pretty hearty (although I’ve been known to eat three on some occasions). Sometimes, you want pancakes without all the bulk.
The Solution: Pancake Poppers.
Pancakes Poppers are my latest and greatest invention. The idea struck me as I was making cupcakes in my Babycakes maker. I realized that the Babycakes maker yielded a pancake-like texture to the cupcakes. That got me thinking: could you make bite-sized pancakes in this maker too?
The answer is a definite yes. I gave this a go the other night for my breakfast-for-dinner feast. I figured Pancake Poppers would be a sweet side dish to my Hashy Sammies. What resulted from this experiment was exactly what I had hoped for: poppable pancakes in 8 minutes or less.
These babies are just about the cutest things in existence. They have the classic golden exterior and fluffy interior that all pancakes possess. They are everything a pancake can be, but in a cute, dippable, bite-sized shape. You can dunk ’em straight in the syrup, thus eliminating the need for the constant re-pouring of syrup. Plus, who doesn’t love to eat with their hands? Their poppable size allows for customized portion-sizes. Eat a couple…or eat a ton!
What’s really fun is how you can customize them. I made half of them in classic chocolate chip pancake fashion, dropping milk chocolate chips into the batter as the pancakes cooked, so I was left with melted chocolate-studded poppers. For the other half, I used sweet cinnamon chips, which was also a delightful twist. You could put whatever you want in these little guys. Go for classic blueberry or a banana-peanut butter chip combo. You can’t go wrong.
Never heard of a Babycakes Maker? They’re pretty awesome. You can make 8 mini-cupcakes at a time in 8 minutes or less. Their size is a bit bigger than you’re typical mini-cupcake but smaller than an average cupcake. What’s cool about them is that you’re not limited to cupcakes. You can make muffins, brownie bites, mini frittatas, or pancake poppers like I did! I love mine. You can check ’em out here. They’ve also got donut and cake pop makers!
A few tips before you get cooking:
- If you don’t have a Babycakes Maker and have no desire to buy one, this may be possible in mini-muffin tins, but don’t quote me on that! I’m not sure it would achieve the same effect. Let me know if you give it a go!
- You could definitely use a homemade pancake batter, but the Bisquick makes this so quick and easy that it’s just not necessary. Save the fancy, scratch-made pancakes for when you’re frying ’em up on the griddle and stacking ’em high.
- Adding a touch of vanilla extract to the batter as I did in the recipe below adds a homemade touch.
- Play with your add-ins as I suggested above. Chop up bananas and throw ’em in with peanut butter chips. Try almonds, apples and cinnamon, butterscotch chips, or whatever strikes your fancy!
- Preheat your Babycakes maker while you whip up the batter.
- As usual, I have added into the instructions how to keep your finished poppers done while the others cook (putting the finished ones in a warm oven).
Recipe by Colleen Bierstine
Yield: about 24 poppers
- 2 cups Bisquick pancake mix (or homemade batter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips (or add-ins or your choice)
- maple syrup, for serving
- optional: powdered sugar, for dusting
Note: If using homemade pancake batter, do not use the 2 eggs and milk. Those are for preparing the Bisquick batter. Prepare your batter as you normally would.
- Babycakes Maker
- Tongs or 2 forks (for removing the poppers from the Babycakes maker)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Preheat your Babycakes Maker.
- Prepare Bisquick pancake mix according to box directions, adding in the milk and eggs. Also add the vanilla. (If using homemade batter, exclude this step and those ingredients and make according to your recipe’s directions).
- When the Babycakes Maker is ready, liberally spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Working quickly, fill each cup just to the top with batter (don’t worry if you drip some outside of the cups). Keeping the lid up, wait one minute then sprinkle a generous amount of chips into each cup. Close lid and let cook for 8 minutes or until outside is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the center-most popper comes out clean.
- Using the tongs, quickly remove each popper and transfer to baking sheet. Top with extra chips if you like then put the tray in the oven to keep poppers warm while you cook the other batches.
- Repeat steps 1-6 with the remaining batter. You should get about 3 batches of poppers.
- Serve with a bowl of warm maple syrup for dipping and enjoy!
If you’re a pancake lover, you will adore these. It’s a new way to enjoy the breakfast treat you love. These Pancake Poppers are so fun are so darn cute!