The original Aunt Jemima® Pancake & Waffle Mix requires the addition of milk, oil and egg, while the "Complete" mix requires only the addition of water. Regardless of which mix you choose, you can enhance Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancakes with a wide variety of added ingredients. Flavor your pancakes with fresh or dried chopped fruit or whole berries. Add nuts or seeds for a hearty crunch. Stir in grated vegetables or chopped, cooked meat and herbs into the batter. Sweeten your pancakes with coconut flakes, chocolate chips or candy sprinkles. Experiment with a combination of additional ingredients to make your pancakes special.
Assemble your pancake additions. Pair complementary ingredients such as chopped ham and pineapple, grated carrot and coconut flakes or fruits and nuts, if desired. Add herbs, spices or extracts to further enhance the flavor of your pancakes.
Chop up or grate the desired pancake additions, if necessary. Cut items to about the size of raisins. Leave small berries or seeds whole.
Prepare the batter according to the package directions for pancakes. Substitute fruit juice for the milk or water, if desired.
Add a total of 1/8 to 1/4-cup additional ingredients to the pancake batter for each cup of dry mix used. Stir gently to fold the enhancements into the batter. Alternatively, you can sprinkle the additional ingredients onto each pancake right after pouring the batter onto the griddle.
Spray a preheated pan or griddle with cooking spray and cook the pancakes as per the package directions.
Spread butter on each pancake and top with maple or fruit syrup, whipped cream or additional toppings, as desired.
Customize the pancakes: Have a selection of ingredients available and let each person sprinkle their favorites into "their" batter before the first turn of the pancakes.
To prevent tough pancakes, do not over-mix the batter; a few lumps are OK.
Don't overdo the heavier fillings. Your pancakes may fall apart if you stir in more than a total of 1/4-cup of additional ingredients for each cup of dry mix.
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