May 7, 2010 10:34 PM   Subscribe

Jim's Pancakes are elaborate, multi-colored, and structural. Who here likes pancakes? I love pancakes.
posted by jjray (36 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
The giraffe pancake pleases me in a way I did not know I could be pleased. Jim deserves at least five billion Awesome Dad Points.
posted by Mizu at 10:48 PM on May 7, 2010

These are pan-tastic. Thank you! (Also don't miss the giraffe pancake!)
posted by whatzit at 10:48 PM on May 7, 2010

Not Martha made giant flower pancakes on her blog today for Mother's Day. This is something I never would have thought of; what a great idea. Too bad I hardly ever make pancakes!
posted by k8lin at 10:50 PM on May 7, 2010

See, that's why I wanted to name my daughter Pancake. Everyone's happy to see a pancake.
posted by newdaddy at 10:50 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

"Who here likes pancakes?"

I like flapjax at midnight :)
posted by puny human at 11:04 PM on May 7, 2010

Excellent! I *was* planning to make some pancakes for mother's day (I'm having my mom, grandma and aunts over for breakfast). Hadn't thought of adding food coloring or making shapes, but I like the idea of the flowers in k8lin's link.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:06 PM on May 7, 2010

OK, that crane is fucking amazing. Jim's daughter is the luckiest kid in the world!
posted by mia_farrow at 11:11 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

My mom used to make me kitty pancakes, with the whiskers and nose poured first so they would be a little darker, and butterfly pancakes, and pancakes with my initial, which she ever-so-cleverly knew to pour backwards so it would be the right way around when she flipped the pancake. They were magical and made me feel so special. Thanks Mom!

Plus she used to make pancakes for dinner sometimes, piled up with brown sugar and strawberries between them. I know now that those were the nights she got behind or forgot to take something out of the freezer. But to us those were extra special awesome nights!

Pancakes for dinner! Maybe tomorrow....
posted by ottereroticist at 12:01 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

That's a lot of editorializing for a FPP. Next time, try to keep your own opinions about pancakes out of it.

I like pankakes too
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:17 AM on May 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

I <3 this post. (I feel the <3 is appropriate.)
posted by Malice at 1:22 AM on May 8, 2010

When we make shape/letter pancakes, we use a turkey baster as the tool to deliver the batter to the griddle. Anybody else have pancake art tips? Jim doesn't seem to have any tutorials posted.
posted by Alt F4 at 3:22 AM on May 8, 2010

See, the problem is, once my two year old has finished "helping" me mix the batter, we're all starving, and the pancakes Must Be Immediately Made. Now, I'll have to try to delay her with some shredded wheat until I can make a trebuchet or a Ferrari or something...

Also, they do in fact taste great at midnight.
posted by Ella Fynoe at 4:12 AM on May 8, 2010

Well. 7:00 AM. Saturday morning. I have coffee. What's missing? Hmmm...

I'm so hungry.
posted by Splunge at 4:14 AM on May 8, 2010

how much better place this world would be if every dad made special breakfasts for his child.

batter up, jim. batter up.
posted by msconduct at 4:58 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Having an awful morning so this really cheered me up. To the wonders of pancakes- thanks!
posted by malusmoriendumest at 6:03 AM on May 8, 2010

Best of web, for reals. The picture of his kid with the bridge construct means it's all worthwhile. Forwarded to my pancake-making daughter -- she's an aspiring engineer, and I hope this bears fruit.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:06 AM on May 8, 2010

Wow. I bet every other dad on the block hates this guy.
posted by zoomorphic at 6:53 AM on May 8, 2010

these are great - i have very fond memories of my mum making animal shaped pancakes for me and my sister (for some reason we always wanted moose-shaped pancakes - wth?)
posted by jammy at 7:03 AM on May 8, 2010

for some reason we always wanted moose-shaped pancakes - wth?

Because moose-shaped pancakes are badass?
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:46 AM on May 8, 2010

This is a truly inspiring post. Usually I see something cool on the web and think, that's great, too bad I don't have the tools or the skill or the time to try it myself.

But I have everything I need to become a Pancake Artist. Electric griddle & selection of spatulas: check. Squeeze bottle for artful batter deployment: check. Asbestos fingertips from years of working in restaurants: check. Tasty pancake batter recipe: check. Willingness to eat my mistakes: oh fuck yeah.

Breakfast tomorrow is gonna be AWESOME! I'm thinking we'll start with the pancake equivalent of Neolithic cave art and go from there to more complicated forms. I can't wait!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:37 AM on May 8, 2010

Criminy that is a lucky little girl - looks like she knows it.
posted by Salmonberry at 9:32 AM on May 8, 2010

Ok, I want us all to swear a solemn oath. A secret pact we will keep until the end of our lives. We must promise to never show this to any of our children. I could never handle the disappointment in my son's eyes when he wonders why I haven't been doing this for him all along.

I'm a pretty good dad, but this... no one can compete with this.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:56 AM on May 8, 2010

I was thinking, "Ho-hum, overachieving dad, yada yada" until I saw this picture. No wonder he does it.
posted by Madamina at 10:01 AM on May 8, 2010

My dad made pancakes for me every weekend morning from when I can first remember having breakfast until I was ten or so. (Well, sometimes he did waffles or crepes.) I always tried to dribble the batter to make designs and always failed. And I always wanted to pour the first one. I'm tempted to send this to him for the good memories, but I'm afraid he'll think I'm mocking his pancake making abilities.

Given that pancakes are one of the easiest things in the world to make (flour, eggs, milk, butter, baking powder if you like them fluffy), why do people use the mixes? It makes about as much sense as instant oatmeal (regular rolled oats take 2 minutes in the microwave. Do you really need that extra 60 seconds?).

I'm going to try the engineering ideas tomorrow, see if I can make crispy pancakes without burning them.
posted by Hactar at 11:06 AM on May 8, 2010

I am now planning on making pancakes for dinner.
posted by rachaelfaith at 11:58 AM on May 8, 2010

So I emailed this to my daughter while she was asleep last night, and she saw it before she emerged from her room at 11:30 this morning (she's 17, and thus nocturnal). She walked into the living room and said "We're making pancakes!" We hadn't done that in way too long, and although the only artistry we attempted was Mickey Mouse, we still had a great time, and great pancakes with bananas, so thanks MetaFilter, thanks jjray, and thanks Jim's Pancakes!
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:08 PM on May 8, 2010

Would you like some more... PANCAKES?
posted by erniepan at 1:54 PM on May 8, 2010

These are perhaps a bit more elaborate than the Mickey Mouse pancakes you get at Disney World.
posted by caddis at 2:44 PM on May 8, 2010

Pancakes are waffles for lazy people.
posted by theichibun at 9:05 PM on May 8, 2010

They are beautiful, but I cannot abide cold pancakes and must eat them immediately after cooking. I could not wait for construction.

as for waffles -- they are dry, tasteless things that lack the delicious buttery flatness of a good pancake. That's why people have them with ice-cream -- the ice-cream makes up for the dryness.
posted by jb at 10:55 PM on May 8, 2010

Judging from Jim's quiet cries of pain constructing the Golden Gate bridge, I don't think cold pancakes are a problem in that household.
posted by spec80 at 5:39 AM on May 9, 2010

Pancakes are easy.
posted by Goofyy at 11:05 AM on May 9, 2010

I like flapjax at midnight :)

I'm more of a waffles at half past two man, myself.
posted by armage at 6:50 PM on May 9, 2010

That bacon pancake picture is proper.
posted by jjray at 9:59 PM on May 11, 2010

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's a picture of a bunny with a tower-crane pancake on it's head.

Man, I just wanted to post this. That was the title I was going to use above. Wee!
posted by loquacious at 3:30 AM on May 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

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