I first made packets of this mix for a boyfriend who loved pancakes about as much as he loved me, and who was going to be living on his own in Boston for the summer. Worried that he wouldn't eat, I packaged individual-sized homemade pancake mixes and included the instructions on a pretty little card. He actually made all the pancake mix I'd given him, and I think he didn't even mind the little bit of extra work he had to do--adding milk and eggs and melted butter. I thought of this now since the holidays are a time of such decadence and feasting, and it might be nice to give a food gift that recipients didn't have to eat right away. You can also include a small container of good maple syrup in the package if you wish. —Cara Eisenpress
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together well. Distribute about a cup of this mixture into each of four small cellophane bags. Tie them with a pretty ribbon.
On a notecard, write the following instructions: "Combine 1 egg with 3/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Put the Pancake Mix into a bowl, then add the egg-milk-butter mixture, stirring to distribute. (Don't worry if there are lumps left!) Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a griddle that is lightly greased. When the pancake bubbles, carefully flip it and cook for another few minutes until the second side is golden. Serve with maple syrup."
Arrange the four packets and maple syrup if using in a festive paper bag, with tissue paper as desired. Tie the recipe card with ribbon to the handle.
I'm the founder, editor, and head chef at the blog Big Girls, Small Kitchen (www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com), a site dedicated to easy-to-execute recipes and stories from a quarter-life kitchen. I'm also the author of In the Small Kitchen published in 2011.