Yummy Math: Serving Up Breakfast Lessons

Whole Wheat Cornmeal Pancakes

Aren’t those pancakes beautiful? Believe it or not… Trevor made them himself! I’ve seen recipes for corn & wheat pancakes on several different websites and wanted to try them out, and Trevor wanted to do some “unconventional” math, so we put our heads together and came up with this yummy breakfast last week. (I think it’ll be a weekly staple, though… they were that good!)
The first thing we did was convert some fractions and make some ingredient substitutions. I’m attending some conventions next month, and am trying to stock the freezer with some good food, so I wanted Trevor to double this recipe.
So he didn’t get bogged down by directions and ingredients, I typed up just the ingredients and had him double the fractions on the printout:

Converting Recipe Fractions

Then, it was time to get cooking!
First, we lined up our ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (we used 3 cups because we ground our wheat right before we made these, and fresh-ground flour isn’t as packed down as store-bought)
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups milk (we used vanilla coconut)
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

Pancake Ingredients

I snapped pictures while Trevor went to work, first mixing the dry ingredients, then the wet, and finally combining them and scooping silver-dollar sized cakes onto the electric griddle… MMmmmm!

Scooping Four from the Mill Bowl
Scraping Baking Soda
Measuring Milk
Cracking an Egg
Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients
Using the Cookie Scoop for Uniformity
Ready to Flip
Flipping Pancakes
Ready to Eat!

This recipe made us 60 yummy silver dollar pancakes – plenty to eat and freeze! During this “lesson,” Trevor doubled fractions, converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, measured dry and liquid ingredients, timed his movements so the pancakes didn’t burn, and served his {grateful} mommy and sisters a fabulous and filling breakfast! He even cleaned up!
I hope you try the recipe – it is definitely one of our new go-to breakfasts. Drop me a note and let me know how you liked it if you decide to try it yourself. Happy eating!

A Delicious Math Lesson

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