The last time I tried making shaped pancakes was pretty much a disaster. I tried a different method this time, and they turned out a little better.

As you might recall (or not), last time I made pancakes I tried to make shapes. Using cookie cutters seemed to me like a good solution. However, I did not think to line the inside with a lubricant (like butter or Pam), resulting in… less than stellar results.

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Nailed it.

If you don’t get it right the first time, then you keep trying. It’s what I’m trying to teach Namine, and what’s the point if I don’t set the example, right?

So, new idea: use a squeeze bottle to draw my desired shape with batter, then fill said shape with more batter.

I asked Namine what shapes she’d like her pancakes to be, and she asked for a heart. Beyond that, she didn’t have a preference. So the first pancake I made was hers.

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The left side of the heart, which is where I started, was a little squiggly. This was because the batter was coming out of the squeeze bottle faster than I was drawing the line. As a result, the batter pooled a little when it hit the pan. I corrected this for the other side, moving the bottle faster. The line was much smoother as I finished drawing the heart.

I took a scoop of pancake batter and filled the heart. Since the stylized heart symbol is quite open, it was easy enough. However, I forgot to account for how fluffy the batter had gotten. So when it came time to flip the pancake, one side had started to overflow a little. That’s okay, it still looked like a heart.

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I tried my hand at a couple other shapes: a star, a moon, a bear’s face. The star was too pointy and the batter too fluffy to turn out well. I was a little more careful with the crescent moon, being sure to make it wide in the middle. My bear face didn’t turn out so well. Jessica tried her hand at a bear’s face, and hers turned out quite a bit better.

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I was pretty happy with how my "Mom" pancake turned out for Jessica.