For our latest DIY guest post, we asked the lovely ladies behind the blog Big Girls, Small Kitchen to share the story and instructions to their pancake mix gift bag!
“Cara first made packets of this mix for a boyfriend who loved pancakes about as much as he loved her, and who was going to be living in his own apartment one summer during college,” explain BGSK bloggers Phoebe and Cara. “Worried that he wouldn’t eat, she packaged individual-sized homemade pancake mixes and included the instructions on a pretty little card. He reported back that he’d actually made all the pancake mix she’d given him, and didn’t even mind the little bit of extra work the gift require that he do – the adding of milk and eggs and melted butter to the mix, and the actual cooking of the cakes.
“As cooks, our inclination is pretty much always to give food as a gift. But the holidays are a time of such decadence and feasting already, and there’s also a part of us that feels guilty and wasteful for piling tins of cookies upon counter tops that are piled high already with tins of previously gifted cookies. That’s why this pancake mix makes a lovely, useful, and delicious DIY food gift: you can admire it right away, and you can even open up a bag and catch a whiff of the flour-y mixture, but you don’t have to actually indulge in the pancakes until it’s January or February and you’re nostalgic for delicious food, not sick of it.
“All this really requires on the gift giver’s end is some basic pantry ingredients, plus little cellophane baggies and the prettiest ribbon you can find. In terms of the recipe instructions, you can let your creativity go to town. You can simply purchase pretty note cards and write them out in your very best script. You can play around with the computer and print out photos, collages, or cards you design. We like to cut shapes out of plain brown paper bags and write or print the directions on those. Last, you’ll want to package a bunch of individual pancake mixes into one gift so you’ll need a little paper bag to hold them, plus (and this is optional) a small container of amber maple syrup. And that’s it!
“Hoping your holidays contain sweets for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beyond!”
Big Girls, Small Kitchen’s DIY Pancake Gift Bag
Makes 4 small bags
For the pancake mix:
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ½ tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
You’ll also need:
1 pretty note card
4 cellophane baggies
2 feet of ribbon
1 small paper bag for gifting
1 small container maple syrup (optional)
1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together well. Distribute about a cup of this mixture into each of four small cellophane bags. Tie them with a pretty ribbon.
2. On a note card or printed on paper, write the following instructions:
- Combine 1 egg with 3/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Put the Pancake Mix into a bowl, then add the egg-milk-butter mixture, stirring to distribute. (Don’t worry if there are lumps left!)
- Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto a griddle that is lightly greased. When the pancake bubbles, carefully flip it and cook for another few minutes until the second side is golden.
- Serve with maple syrup.
3. Arrange the four packets and maple syrup if using in a festive paper bag, with tissue paper as desired. Tie the recipe card with ribbon to the handle.
For more from Cara and Phoebe, head over to their blog and keep your eye out for their upcoming cookbook, Big Girls, Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World, which will be published in Spring 2011!
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