Friday, September 26, 2014

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes in a Jar: National Pancake Day!

Happy Pancake Day! I usually have pancake ingredients in the cupboard, but sometimes I spend the weekend at the Beach, and I don't always have everything to make pancakes from scratch. So lately I've taken my Pancakes in a Jar to the Beach. I just mix up a batch, put it in jars, and have them ready--they're also handy for home and for last minute gifts. How cool is that?

One hint for great Mixes in a Jar is to really pack the ingredients in. Use a tamper, if you have one...except for the dried cherries and chocolate.You can also substitute dried blueberries or other berries for cherries. I like Chukar's Dried Cherries, but I also use Trader Joe's.

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes in a Jar

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dried cherries
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Layer flour, then sugar, then baking powder mixed with baking soda and salt in 1-quart wide-mouth jar. 
Add cherries, then chocolate.
Seal Jar.
Cover jar with burlap or other fabric and tie with raffia or bow.

If you're giving this as a gift--or you don't think you're remember, attach tag with the following instructions:

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes 
Makes 25 pancakes
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sweet butter, melted
Contents of Jar of "Chocolate Cherry Pancakes"
1-1/2 to 2 cups whole milk

Mix eggs and melted butter in large bowl. Add contents of jar. Stir until well blended. Add 1-1/2 cups milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
Heat griddle or skillet. Pour batter onto hot griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Cook pancakes until golden on both sides.

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