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Rainbow Pancakes

The Starving Chef
The key to keeping these pancakes bright and colorful once they've been cooked is to go low and slow with the heat.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Spring
Servings 8



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • assorted food coloring



  • Preheat a griddle or pan over medium-low heat - about 325-335 F. In a small bowl, whisk together the pancake ingredients until a thick batter forms. It should run slowly off your spoon without breaking. If it is too thin, add more flour. If it is too thick, add a spash of water or milk to reach the right consistency.
  • Separate the batter into smaller bowls - as many as you have options for food colorings. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring per bowl and stir until the colors are completely combined.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup and powdered sugar until a glaze-icing forms. Add more maple syrup if it is too thick.
  • Use a non-stick griddle or pan if you have one. It's best to NOT grease the pan first, but if you don't have non-stick, just a very light spray of cooking oil or butter will suffice.
  • Use a 1/4 cup to measure out individual pancakes onto the pan. Don't over crowd the pancakes, they will expand a bit as they cook.
  • Keep the heat low. If the pancakes are browning too quickly, reduce the heat by a few degrees. The pancakes should bubble lightly when they are ready to flip, about 3-5 minutes per pancake.
  • OPTIONAL: To keep the pancakes warm prior to serving, set the oven to 250 F and place the cooked pancakes on a baking sheet. This will keep the pancakes warm without cooking them further. Do not leave in the oven for more than 15-20 minutes.
  • Stack the pancakes in ROY G BIV order - or however you like! Drizzle the maple glaze over the pancakes or serve with a slab of butter and plain syrup. Enjoy!
Keyword icing, maple, pancakes
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