Breakfast for supper

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I usually get home before Sweetie does, which means I usually end up making supper. It’s tough coming up with something everybody likes, but I’ve learned that everybody loves pancakes.

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal, but we seldom get to eat breakfast together as a family. Weekdays, I’m up and gone before the kids are awake, and on weekends, we’ve got a tradition where I take Thing 2 for muffins on Saturday and Thing 1 for bagels on Sunday.

We don’t get to have a sit-down breakfast together except when we’re all on vacation, or when I make breakfast for supper.

These things go fast. If you’re the cook, be sure to save a few for yourself.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (only if using malted milk powder)
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder (or 2 tablespoons sugar)


  1. Beat the eggs and milk with a hand mixer until light and foamy.
  2. Stir in the butter or vegetable oil.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  4. Gently and quickly mix into the egg and milk mixture. Let the batter rest for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Heat a lightly greased frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Pour the batter onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to form and break, then flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is brown. Serve immediately.

Before you flip the pancakes, throw in whatever add-ins you’d like: blueberries, pecans, chocolate chips, bananas. Whatever you like.

20 thoughts on “Breakfast for supper

  1. Sweetie is a lucky woman…I like cooking, but I dislike coming up with what to have every night!

    We have breakfast for supper occasionally, although we usually opt for a big family breakfast (pancakes, bacon, and hash browns) on the Saturdays Jim’s kids are going back to their mom’s. I’ve never tried using malted milk powder in the pancakes. I love using the non-stick electric frying pan for pancakes…perfect!


    1. The malted milk powder is what kicks this recipe up a notch. (I looked everywhere for malted milk powder and finally found some in the coffee aisle at Kroger. Do people put malted milk in coffee?)

  2. Such an awesome Dad. The pancakes look wonderful. Breakfast for supper has always been a favorite at our house as well. Never enough time to do it up right on a weekday morning. Jeanne

    1. Thanks, flyinggma! The kids also like it when I put smiley faces on the pancakes. I take a spoon and pour batter on the griddle to make 2 eyes and a smile. You let that cook a little then pour the batter over the smile. When you flip it, the eyes and smile are darker than the rest of the pancake.

  3. We had pancakes for dinner last night, too! And maple sausage, which sounds disgusting, but it’s actually quite delicious.

    You’re right–you have to act fast if you’re the pancake flipper or you’ll never see a stack of your own.

    Glad you enjoyed your “brinner”!

  4. I can eat breakfast at any time of day – definitely my favourite meal of the day. We went out today and had breakfast for lunch in Greenwich!
    The pancakes look fabulous – you’re a good Dad, Todd.

  5. Breakfast is my favorite meal, too. It was always such a treat when we got to have it for dinner. I’m glad to know we weren’t as odd as I thought. Well, at least where breakfast was concerned.

    1. I think the thing that makes breakfast so good at dinnertime is that you’re awake enough to enjoy it, and you’re not trying to scoot out the door and get someplace on time.

  6. Seems like breakfast foods are sort of Dad Territory. I do the same for our crew with pancakes, waffles, of French toast for dinner. It’s one meal they all eat heartily. And it’s amazing how many pancakes a 6YO, 4YO, 3YO, and 20-month old can eat. I cringe to think of what it’s going to look like when they are 17, 15, 14, and 12. Hello, third job.

    Going to have to try your homemade pancake batter, Todd.

    Take care.

    1. Supposedly, malt is what a lot of restaurants use. Anyway, I’d made pancakes before, and the kids liked ’em OK, but they really love the pancakes with malt. I didn’t tell them it was a special recipe or anything. Thing 1’s like, “This are really good!” and wolved them down.

  7. Pancake dinner! I’ve been trying to sell this idea at my place for years. I’m just going to have to create some way of justifying “he who cooks decides”.

    I’m home first too, have been for so long that I still end up cooking even on the days when my wife and son have been home and I’ve been working. Not a lot of us get that chance or see it as such…congrats on that, Todd

  8. Breakfast for dinner is the only time I’ll eat pancakes. If I eat them in the morning, I just want to nap the rest of the day.

    I love blueberries, strawberry, and chocolate chip. But not all together. Plain are good, too. So tasty.

    Vanilla extract sounds tasty. I’m a Bisquick girl myself, but now I may have to try this.

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