copycat bacon mc griddle
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It may sound like a lot of work, but this copycat bacon mc griddle is worth the effort and better than the original.
Today is a BIG day in the Kinnaird house.
Charlie turns 16!
I’m in complete denial.
I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday, and now 16 years have gone by.
When I asked Charlie what he wanted for his birthday breakfast, he quickly replied a mc griddle. Teens love their fast food that’s for sure, but I was NOT about to drive to Mc Donald’s at the crack of dawn.
Not wanting to disappoint the birthday boy, I figured I’d make him a mc griddle at home. It’s basically an egg with bacon sandwiched between two pancakes. The original though has got the maple cooked right into the griddle cakes. The easy way to do this would be to add maple syrup into the pancake batter, I do that all the time, but to be a true mc griddle, you need maple bits scattered throughout the cakes. They’re the best part according to Charlie.
Those bits require a bit more time, but it’s worth it I promise.
I started with pure Grade A maple syrup. The fake stuff won’t work here. Boil it down until you get a deep brown color and the foam begins to subside. Make sure to stir often, so the syrup doesn’t burn. This will take between 5 and 10 minutes for 1/2 cup of syrup. Once the foam begins to subside, carefully pour the syrup onto a chilled baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread the syrup into a thin layer, and allow it to harden ( I put my baking sheet into the fridge to speed this up) . Once hard, break the syrup crystals into small pieces.
For the sandwich part, use your favorite pancake batter recipe. You can use any round mold or cookie cutter for the egg and pancake, but I use mini spring-form pans with the bottoms removed. I place them right on my griddle and that way the egg and pancakes are all exactly the same size, and they’re easy to remove.
You will need two griddle cakes, 1 egg, and 2 pieces of bacon for each sandwich. A large griddle makes it easy to cook the eggs, pancakes, and bacon at the same time, but you could just as easily prepare the bacon in the oven or a separate skillet.
How much batter you use will depend on the size of your mold, but for my mini pans I used 3 Tbsp of batter, then added the maple bits, and topped the pancake with another 3 Tbsp of batter.
Allow the pancakes to cook until the top is almost completely set (about 3 minutes at medium heat). If you remove the mold too soon, the pancakes will lose their shape. Carefully flip and cook until the bottom is a light golden brown.
- for the maple crystals -
- 1/2 cup pure Grade A maple syrup
- for the pancakes -
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- for each sandwich -
- 1 egg, scrambled
- 2 slices of bacon, cooked
- begin by making your maple crystals
- in a small saucepan, bring syrup to a boil
- continue to boil, stirring often, and as the foam begins to subside remove from the heat
- carefully pour the syrup onto a chilled baking sheet, and spread into a thin layer with a spatula
- allow the syrup to cool and harden, and then break into pieces (this can be done ahead of time) keep maple crystals in an airtight container until you are ready to use them
- to make the mc griddles -
- heat a griddle over medium heat
- generously spray your molds with cooking spray
- combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar
- whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla
- pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir just until combined
- pour 3 Tbsp batter into each pancake mold, add a few maple crystals, and then pour another 3 Tbsp of batter on top
- scramble the egg, and pour into a third round mold (make sure to cook the egg thoroughly), when the top begins to set, remove the mold and flip
- when the tops of the pancakes begin to set, carefully remove the mold, and flip
- cook another minute, until the bottom is a light golden
- top one pancake with the egg, two slices of bacon and the other pancake
So, I had to get up even earlier than if I had driven to buy the real mc griddle, but Charlie loved his copycat mc griddle even better, and I didn’t have to get dressed to leave the house.
Happy Birthday to my soon to be driving Charlie