If You Give a Pig a Pancake


If you give a pig a pancake

When I think back to the bedtime stories that we used to read to our kids, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and other books by Laura Numeroff bring back the fondest memories.  Not only were they silly with humorous illustrations, they were entertaining for everyone involved.  It’s easy for parents or caregivers to relate to the whimsical antics of the pig and her increasingly elaborate requests.

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  1. Leave a comment below saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month and readingIf You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
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Featured Recipe for If You Give a Pig a Pancake: Homemade Pancake Mix

It’s so tempting to buy foods that are ready-to-go at the store. Corn bread mix. Cake Mix. Brownie Mix. Pancake Mix.  But it turns out that these mixes save you only a handful of minutes, at best.  It’s almost just as easy to make your own mix, ready to use at a moment’s notice.  And of course, aside from being less expensive, YOU have control over the ingredients.  And so, my homemade pancake mix was born.  You can find this recipe, along with loads of many other family-friendly recipes, in my (ancient and almost out of print) cookbook, The Whole Family Cookbook.  It’s such a hit with my family that I just made another giant jar of this pancake mix the other day!

Homemade Pancake Mix
6 cups of mix is enough to make 3 big batches of pancakes

To Make the Dry Mix:

4 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 Tbs. baking powder
2 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbs sugar

To make the Pancakes:
2 Tbs butter, melted
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups pancake mix (recipe above)

Directions to make the dry mix:

  1. Measure all of the dry ingredients and pour them into an airtight container.
  2. Put the lid on and shake contents to combine.

Directions to make Pancakes:

  1. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, crack eggs and gently beat.
  3. Measure milk and add to the eggs.
  4. Shake the pancake mix to combine thoroughly.
  5. Measure pancake mix and add to the milky and egg mixture.
  6. Add the cooled butter to the batter.
  7. Stir to combine. A few lumps are okay!
  8. Cook in a skillet. Top with fresh fruit, cinnamon, powdered sugar, jam or maple syrup.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey

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