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Who doesn’t love a pancake? Whether they’re for a special occasion or just a great breakfast, these griddle faves are even better when you can pick delicious toppings. Tasty offered us tips for perfecting your pancakes and adding a little extra fun to the mix.

An easy-to-use cooking app that offers more than 2,000 recipes, each with great how-to videos to help make sense of those step-by-step instructions, Tasty is perfect for those looking to improve their cooking repertoire and try new foods. It also offers more than a dozen delicious ways to decorate pancakes, including this yummy idea for pancakes that look like cute animals, perfect for encouraging kids to eat more fruit.

“We made this recipe with busy parents in mind,” Jody Tixier, Tasty’s Supervising Producer and creator of this recipe tells us. Here’s how you can bring this adorable creation to life:

1. Prep Your Ingredients

"Using pancake mix is a great shortcut,” Tixier explains. “You just have to add eggs and milk and in a few quick minutes, your batter is ready to go. You just want to be careful not to overmix your batter or your pancakes can get tough.”

2. Do a Warm Up

“Have your nonstick pan on medium heat to get nice, golden pancakes. It also helps to let the pan heat up for a bit before adding any batter so you can be sure it’s evenly heated. To get a perfect golden pancake, skip adding any butter, oil, or cooking spray to the pan; they can actually give the pancakes a splotchy look and you shouldn’t need them to prevent sticking if your pan and your timing is right.”

3. Measure Twice, Pour Once

“For large pancakes, pour 235 ml of batter onto the pan. For small pancakes, pour 60 ml of batter, and for medium pancakes, pour 80 ml of batter.”

4. Pop the Bubble

“Make sure you don’t flip your pancakes too early. You want to wait until the batter starts to bubble up and those bubbles pop. The pancake will also lose its shine and begin to look more matte. Flip and cook on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned. Now to build."

"For the lion pancake, you’ll need 1 large and 1 small pancake, sliced strawberries for the mane and nose, blueberries for the eyes, and chocolate chips for the mouth"
For the monkey pancake, you’ll need 1 large, 2 small, and 1 medium pancake, blueberries for the eyes and nose, and chocolate chips for the mouth.”
For the owl pancake, you’ll need 1 large pancake, sliced bananas for the eyes and feathers, blueberries for the eyes, and sliced strawberries for the beak and wings.”
For the pig pancake, you’ll need 1 large and 1 small pancake, chocolate chips for the snout, blueberries for the eyes, and sliced strawberries for the ears.”

Whichever animal you pick—or if you try to create your own—all that's left to do is pour the maple syrup and enjoy.

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