CHICAGO - The children's choice determined the winner of a recent pancake contest, in which campfire flavor proved a strongly persuasive ingredient - combined with easy wooden-spoon techniques.
Top honors went to S'More Pancakes, Please, a recipe created by Cindy Trantham and her three children, Ryan, 11, Shelby, 9, and Ellery, 6, of Allen, Texas. The pancake recipe includes traditional s'mores ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.
Children from the General Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club in Chicago acted as judges in the Cooking With Your Kids Contest. They tested recipes and picked the winner from 10 finalists, selected from entries that came from across the United States, from parents and children cooking together. The contest was organized by the Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups.
The S'More Pancakes, Please recipe won because the young judges found it simple to prepare and made with fun ingredients. A $5,000 prize went to the winning recipe creators; the Boys & Girls Club received a donation of $5,000 for members' efforts.
S'MORE PANCAKES, PLEASE
2 cups complete pancake mix
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup coarsely crumbled graham crackers
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
Mix pancake batter and water according to package directions. Stir in graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Cook on hot griddle according to package directions until golden brown.
Makes 16 pancakes.
Recipe made available to AP by Aunt Jemima. All 10 finalist recipes may be seen on the Web at www.auntjemima.com.