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Edible edifices or simply: building a better pancake

June 4, 2010 - Taste Buds

THE BUDS are great lovers of pancakes because, well, what’s not to love?

The fluffy pancake and sweet syrup combo satisfies their every need. Plus, if you eat enough of them, you get the unstoppable urge to take a nap - also on the Buds’ list of favorite things to do!

So, when the release below from Momlogic.com popped into our “In” box, the Buds just HAD to share it.

The release, all about great pancakes made by Jim Belosic, follows. Also, be sure to check out the website to see some of the great photos of Jim’s awesome pancakes!

Interview with Dad and Founder of JimsPancakes.com:

We all know by now that the Internet is a dangerous place. Certain websites should be off-limits for kids -- and first on the list should be JimsPancakes.com.

Why, you ask? Because the website is dedicated to the most amazing, beautiful pancake designs we have ever seen. If your kids get wind of this dude’s breakfast creations, YOU ARE SCREWED. Once they get an eyeful of pancakes shaped like crabs, hamburgers with a side of fries or the Golden Gate Bridge, trying to impress them with, “Look, honey! I made your pancake in the shape of a box!” just ain’t gonna fly.

The artist behind the delicious designs -- Jim Belosic, founder of the ad agency Belosic|ADG -- was inspired by his fond childhood memories of his father’s not-always-successful attempts to make interesting pancake shapes.

When his daughter became old enough to start appreciating shapes, the eager dad began using his griddle as a canvas and pancake batter as his sole medium.

Using pancake batter as glue, Jim creates three-dimensional edible artwork that is eaten by his sole pancake client: his 3-year-old daughter. The trick? “You have to be fast,” says Jim. (Each creation is assembled right on the grill.) He also uses a fair amount of artificial food coloring, but he’s experimenting with using fruit juices as well.

Does he take requests? Yes -- from his daughter. “Saturday, she requested a lion,” Jim says. (He was also kind enough to honor momlogic’s request to make our logo in pancake form!) Want to give pancake art a whirl?

Here are Jim’s some tips:

1.   Make like Picasso. Draw out your design before you start. Think about how the pieces will fit together. 

2.   Keep it low. (The temperature, that is.) If your griddle’s too hot, you won’t have time to make the outline.

3.   Double your spatula, double your fun. “Flipping it is stupid hard,” says Jim -- so for extremely intricate designs, he uses two spatulas.

4.   Use the right tools. In order to get precise with your pancake batter, “a ketchup squeeze-bottle is imperative,” says Jim. (He uses a different one for each color.)

Now, if you’re not up to creating the Hoover Dam out of pancakes, maybe you should try this recipe from Barbara Emrisko, St. Clairsville. You can always stack the squares on top of one another and make a skyscraper.

Apple Squares

Scald 2/3 cup milk and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Dissolve 1 package dry yeast or 1 small fresh yeast together.

Add 2 eggs.

Mix 4 cups flour and 2 sticks oleo together while alternating with the milk and sugar mixture.

Dough will be soft.

Roll out in 2 sections to fit a cookie sheet pan.  Fit 1 section in pan and top with apple pie filling. I use 2 cans and cut the apples in smaller pieces. Top with the second crust and let rise 1 hour before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Ice with a powdered sugar icing and top with chopped nuts if desired.

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 

 
 

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