For Christmas, my best friend/cousin bought us this ridiculously amazing gift basket from Godiva. It was a breakfast gift basket (or bowl rather, as it was all inside a mixing bowl) that included fancy blueberry jam, Godiva chocolates, Govida chocolate chips, scone mix, and pancake mix from someplace called Bette's Oceanview Diner.
It was seriously the best pancake mix I have ever had, so we looked up more on this Bette's place. What do you know, they have a cookbook. An amazing cookbook of pancake portions. Sure enough, that mix we received has a from-scratch recipe equivalent. The book is called, oddly enough, "The Pancake Handbok: Specialties from Bette's Oceanview Diner."
When my man was mixing the batter for those same pancakes (only better because they were fresher), he read that one should try individualizing each pancake with a variety of ingredients you might have on hand: chips of various flavors, grains, dried fruit, even veggies. He started gathering materials. By the time I got there, everything was set for me to get started. (I am the master pancake flipper in this house. The pancakes are unanimously voted as my job.) To create each pancake as an individual thing, instead of adding the extras into the batter, you pour the batter on the griddle and add the extras to the top of the cooking cake.
I used bittersweet chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips, dried cherries, oats, wheat bran, peanuts, strawberry slices, banana slices, and one solitary candy corn pumpkin. Each pancake was its own thing. No two ended up the same, and that amounted to quite a bit of variety at the dinner table.
So simple, but such a good idea. Pancakes will never be the same at this house again. To think it all began with one generous christmas present and Godiva chocolate.