This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Kate the (Almost) Great!
I love this time of year for a variety of reasons, one of which being that a lot of sports are happening at the same time. The Patriots just started their season, but baseball season is still going. I’m so glad that we have a few more games before my beloved Boston Red Sox’s season ends! I’m sad that they probably won’t make the playoffs, not going to lie, but we won the World Series last year, so it’s not all bad.
Baseball playoffs is just 1 reason to make these fun pancakes. If you have kids who play or love baseball or softball, these would make a great treat before going to a game, whether or not you’re playing in it. Or you could have them for dinner after someone knocks one out of the park!
Pancakes are fun for a baseball-themed treat for a couple of reasons. One is that everyone loves pancakes! Another is that it gives you some options in how you want to decorate them. If you do cookies, you can only use frosting. But with pancakes you can use frosting or you can use the ingredients I use in this recipe.
For the decoration, you need your favorite red jam (I use raspberry) and powdered sugar. When you make the pancakes themselves, you need flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, butter, vanilla, and a Nellie’s Free Range Egg. The ingredient amounts and instructions are below.
Why does it matter that the egg is a Nellie’s egg? So glad you asked! Nellie’s Free Range Eggs have been a stable in my family for years. Not only are they delicious – I do remember what eggs taste like; I ate them allll the time before I had to cut them out! – but they are dedicated to the humane treatment of their hens. These hens are, as the name suggests, free-range, and they roam on small, family-run farms. In fact, the eggs are Certified Humane, which means that the hens lead healthier lives, and they create more nutritious eggs. These nutrients are now fueling everyone from my parents to the Boston Red Sox!
Since Nellie’s Free Range Eggs became the official egg of the Boston Red Sox, all egg dishes sold at Fenway games use Nellie’s eggs. So if you’ve had an egg dish at Fenway, you were fueled with their nutrients!
And now onto the full recipe itself!
How To Make Baseball Pancakes
- 1.5 cups of multi-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 0.75 teaspoons of salt
- 1 egg by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 0.25 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Your favorite raspberry, strawberry, or cranberry jam (it just needs to be red!)
- Less than 0.25 cups of powdered sugar
- In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar (not the powdered sugar), baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, beat the Nellie’s Free Range Egg until it is all mixed. Make sure to admire the deep cold color of the yolk first!
- Add the milk and melted butter to the egg. Mix.
- Pour those ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until any clumps of ingredients are smoothed out. If it’s too thick, add splashes of milk until it improves.
- Add the vanilla extract and mix in well.
- Take a nonstick skillet (the larger the skillet, the more pancakes you can cook at one time!) and turn it to medium heat.
- Take an ice cream scooper and fill it with your pancake mix. Don’t worry if your scoop is too full or not full enough! Put that mix on the skillet. If you have a small scooper or you want very large pancakes, use as many scoops as you want!
- How long your pancakes take will depend on the size. Keep an eye on them; when they start bubbling and the sides get firm, they’re ready to be flipped!
And now onto the fun part: decorating!
Once the pancakes have been removed from the skillet, put on on a plate and put the others on a separate plate. Cover that plate with aluminum foil so they don’t get cold!
Grab at least 2 spoons, your jam, and your powdered sugar. Take a spoon and dip into your jam. You want to put it on your pancakes to mimic the stitching in a baseball. Unless you are extremely talented, I do not advice trying to make the jam look exactly like stitches; instead, focus on getting it in the general shape. Feel free to use this clipart as your guide:
Once you have your jam “stitches,” it’s time for the powdered sugar! Take another spoon (a small one!) and dip it into your powdered sugar. Gently sprinkle it over the remaining parts of your pancake. To get a true baseball pancake, try to keep the powdered sugar inside the lines from the jam and not on top of them. If you don’t want tons and tons of sugar on your pancake, then just aim for a light dusting.
Final step? Enjoy!
Have you made a baseball-theme treat before?
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