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Feb 15, 2011

Valentines Leftovers

As a treat for my Valentines I made Red Velvet Pancake Mix.

red velvet pancake mix

Since red velvet is all the craze and the pancakes I shared with you a few posts ago are absolutely delicious I used my skillz* and turned the recipe into a dry mix and packaged them in cute mason jars.

red velvet pancake mix

I stamped mixing instructions on round labels that fit in the lid and wrapped the mason jars with lovely ribbon. The pancake mix tastes pretty great too. I did go a little overboard with the red 40 at first (a little goes a long long way), but diluted it by adding double of everything else. It is still very red though.

*For those of you who are not familiar with my skillz, I am a Food Scientist who works in Research & Development for a food manufacturing facility that specializes in custom dry blending. You probably didn't know this job existed. Don't worry, neither did I until about ten years ago.


  1. I made them for my sweeties on Sunday morn and they were just absolutely delicious. Thank You!!!

  2. they were delicious kelly, we want some more...

  3. lisa_trager@hotmail.com01 December, 2011 10:30

    Hi Kelly.

    Been looking everywhere for a recipe like this. I can figure out some of the powdered subs but was wondering if you had any interest in sharing and making a working mom's life a wee bit easier?


  4. I don't really have a recipe since I used industrial ingredients, but here are a few pointers:

    It will probably be difficult to find dry red coloring (and it is a pain to work with anyway) so add your liquid red food coloring and the vanilla extract to the salt, sugar, and part of the flour (a 1/4 cup should be enough to 'dry' the liquid). Mix this part separately then add it to the other dry ingredients.

    If you are having difficulty finding dry buttermilk you can substitute nonfat dry milk or add milk when making the pancakes. Same thing for egg powder, add an egg when making the pancakes.

    For the butter/vegetable oil use shortening. Blend all the other ingredients then drizzle melted shortening (use the microwave at 15 second intervals to melt) over the blend and mix well. Sift the blend to break up any clumps then mix again.

    If you have any other questions I will try my best to answer them. Good Luck!

  5. lisa_trager@hotmail.com04 December, 2011 13:14

    Thanks for the pointers. I actually found powdered food coloring. Baking was gonna be my profession in another life. . .
    I'll let ya know.


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