Hocus Pocus Halloween Pancakes: One of the seasons top trending treats is all dressed up for Halloween with a touch of Hocus Pocus and spellbinding enchantment.
This time of year, there are so many amazing ideas for halloween desserts and halloween appetizers, but Halloween breakfast ideas seems to be overlooked as a chance to serve up something super spooky.
Hocus Pocus Halloween Pancake Cereal is the perfect way to prepare some bright colored pancakes of paranormal proportions for a fun treat for kids of all sizes!!
Ingredients You Will Need
The base of this recipe is the one I use for my classic pancake cereal recipe. The recipe to make pancake cereal is similar to classic pancakes with a little more liquid added to make the batter thinner.
To make these fun halloween colored pancakes for breakfast, all you need are a few pantry staples along with a few festive extras to make your colored pancakes and turn this bowl of pancake cereal into one the kids will LOVE!
Food coloring: I use the traditional Halloween colors black, purple and orange for making the colored pancakes but of course you can change it up to whatever you want to use. This food coloring kit has all the colors here but I also really like the McCormick Black Liquid Food Coloring too.
How to Make Halloween Pancakes
Once you have your ingredients gathered, you are going to mix up the pancake batter as usual.
Next, separate the batter into three bowls and use food coloring to change the batter to the desired shade. I chose black, purple and orange.
Next, preheat the griddle or pan to approximately 275 degrees F. The ideal temperature to cook pancakes is usually 375 degrees F, but for these mini ones we want to cook them slower, at a lower temperature so you don't have to flip each one.
When the batter seems to be cooked almost all the way through, use a spatula to move the pancakes around and get them evenly cooked on both sides.
By using a thin batter, and cooking longer and slower the pancakes will not need much time on the second side at all.
Finally, place your mini pancakes in a bowl and add your desired toppings.
How to Serve Pancake Cereal
You can dress up this Halloween Pancake Cereal as much as you want. I personally had to try and hold myself back from going overboard!
- Traditional butter and syrup
- Splash of fresh milk
- The works: butter, syrup AND milk
- Whipped cream and fresh fruit
- Fresh Fruit Syrup (black, perhaps?)
Here are some black fruits for freakishly full effect:
- Black Currants
- Concord Grapes
- Dried Plums
- Purple Figs
- Purple Grapes
How to Make Pancake Cereal in Advance
If thinking of making hundreds of tiny colored pancakes during the early morning rush sounds like a horror movie to you, make these Halloween pancakes the night before!
After cooking them, let them cool down and then store them in the refrigerator.
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, they will keep for up to 5 days. Obviously, fresh is best!
When you're ready to reheat and serve, simply
How to Store Leftover Pancakes
These Halloween Colored Pancaked can also be stored in the freezer for up to a month. Be sure to use bags specifically designed for the freezer, or a freezer safe container with a lid.
Freezing them might be a great idea if you want to make these for a larger group. By storing them in the freezer you can make multiple batches over a period of time.
To reheat, thaw in the fridge and heat in the microwave or oven.
Other Ways to Make Colored Pancakes
Mini colored pancakes and pancake cereal can be a fun breakfast food you can serve up for a variety of different events.
This food coloring kit actually contains 8 different colors to make many different shades of colored pancakes. Here's just a few ideas of some other ways to serve up colored pancakes for breakfast or brunch!
- Make them red or green Christmas breakfast or brunch
- Color them blue or pink for a baby shower brunch or gender reveal party!
- Serve them up for a fun Saint Patty's day breakfast with a bowl of green pancake cereal!
- Use just a touch of coloring to make pastel colored pancakes for Easter!
- Make a kid's birthday breakfast special and fun by serving them a bowl of pancake cereal that are their favorite color.
Expert Tips and FAQ
Use an electric griddle with a temperature gauge for more control over the temperature.
Make sure you preheat your griddle or pan when making these mini pancakes.
The pancake batter needs to be much thinner than the batter for regular pancakes. It should easily run off a spoon when dipped into the batter.
Using a condiment or squeeze bottle, pastry bag or a sandwich bag with the corner cut off gives you more control over the shape and size when adding the pancake batter to the griddle.
Don't forget to serve Halloween Pancake Cereal with all your favorite pancake toppings!
The key to making perfect pancakes for pancake cereal are getting them into nice round shapes and keeping the size small. You get the most control by using a squeeze bottle or a pastry bag with a tip that has a smaller opening. In a pinch if you don't have one of those you can put the batter into a sandwich bag and cut off a corner in order to pipe out the pancake batter.
No worries! That can sometimes happen as flours can vary in their consistency. If the batter is simply too thick to easy pour onto the griddle, simply stir in a bit more liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is thinner.
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Hocus Pocus Halloween Pancake Cereal
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir with a whisk to break up any clumps.
- Add the milk, butter and vanilla. Using an electric mixer on low, blend until smooth.
- Separate the batter into three bowls and use food coloring to create desired shade.
- Pour the batter into a condiment bottle, pastry bag or ziplock bag with the corner cut off.
- Preheat a pan, electric skillet or griddle to medium heat, about 300 degrees and coat with a light, even layer of cooking spray.
- Carefully squeeze little circles of batter onto the greased pan, skillet or griddle, being sure to leave space in between each circle.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the batter bubbles to not fill in when they pop. Then, use a spatula to toss around until golden brown and crispy.
- Top with desired spooky toppings and serve with butter and maple syrup or a splash of milk.
Have you tried this recipe? Have any more scary topping idea's to share with me? Let me know in the comments!