By mistake, I purchased Maple and Brown Sugar flavored Mini-Wheats. Since this blog is all about trying new things, and being ok with mistakes, I didn't feel too bad. The older boys did not like the flavor, but our toddler did. I thought he would gradually make his way through the cereal over the next few months, but then I was struck by a thought - maple goes great with pancakes! I think maple goes great with sausage, too, but my adoring spouse is always slightly nauseated by that combination.
|He loves crushing stuff|
I whipped up some pancake batter and the aroma of maple filled the kitchen even though the bag was tightly sealed. I felt this was a good sign for my experiment. I liberally sprinkled the crushed Mini-Wheats onto the pancake batter settled into pale circles on the skillet.
|Crunchy but not mapley|
Four of the five family members who were willing to taste the pancakes gave them a reasonably good approval rating, but no one asked for seconds. The crunch was nice but I felt there was little or no maple flavor.
I felt like I was on to something with this combination of my two favorite breakfast items, cereal and pancakes. I used the absolute last remaining amount of boxed pancake mix in the entire house for my next experiment, Cinnamon Toast Crunch pancakes. Doesn't that sound tasty?
|His first crush?|
This time, the toddler got the chance to crush the cereal. He was more enthusiastic than thorough, unfortunately, so I had to finish up that task myself.
|Before the burn|
One quick flip of my pancake invention and I remembered a crucial fact, sugar burns pretty quick. The same four family members gamely gave these cakes a go, but agreed that burnt sugar is only tasty on campfire marshmallows.
Until I get more pancake mix, my experiments are on hold, but I'm taking suggestions for future cereal/pancake combinations as well as catchy name for these tasty treats. So far I've only come up with Pan-cereal (which sounds like an international economic treaty) and CerealCakes (which sounds like a cross between Paula Dean and Dexter). I'm open to suggestion.