Are you making pancakes for Mom this weekend? Try adding adding some "flair" to make them extra tasty. This recipe comes from my terrific cousin Mary Beth, and let me tell you, that "flair" really makes a difference!

Mary Beth grew up in Atlantic Highland and used to throw the best luau parties. She’d decorate the whole house and make this punch that was absolutely deadly. The punch would erase any reasoning and consciousness, usually leaving you in the corner babbling and drooling. The next morning you’d wake up to Don Ho singing “Tiny Bubbles” and praying that the pain would cease.

Here’s Mare Bear’s recipe for great pancakes with a "flair," just like Mary Beth. She tells us how these tasty breakfast cakes came about.

I asked my mom for her pancake recipe because my son, Nicholas, LOVES them. I would ask him "Do you want pancakes today?" and his reply, Yours?", "Well yes, mine." I would say. "...Um, no thanks, you don't make them like Nana."

So now I do. My father would use this same recipe, and here comes the flair. He would first fry bacon in a skillet, remove the bacon leaving the bacon fat, he would then reheat the bacon fat so it was really hot, and pour the batter directly into it for fried pancakes.


You'll need:

2 cups Jiffy baking mix
1 1⁄4 cups milk
1 egg
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄4 cup club soda
1 package of bacon

How to:

Fry at least half the bacon until crispy and set aside. Pour off the bacon fat into a separate bowl. Combine the other ingredients in a large bowl and mixing thoroughly with a whisk.

Bring the skillet back up to heat on a medium high flame. Add a teaspoon or two of bacon fat back to the pan, wait a second for it to heat up and then pour the batter. Wait until the tops are bubbly and then flip. Repeat until finished.

Serve with butter, maple syrup, and a big kiss for Mom! Oh and don't forget the bacon, unless it was all consumed during the cooking process.