While waiting for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve, we watched four five reruns of Big Bang Theory, ate leftover Oreo Dream cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, and played Farkle. Despite my staunch chocolate and cookie addictions, the last part was actually the highlight of the night!
My brother opened Farkle as a Christmas present, and we began rattling and rolling the dice that night. Similar to Yahtzee, it’s mainly luck with just a hint of skill. In a nutshell, 1’s and 5’s are worth points, as are both straights and three- and four-of-a-kinds. But fail to roll any of those, and you lose everything that round—you Farkle!
It’s a game of chance and risk, and I couldn’t shake that out of my mindset when I awoke on January 1st. So I took a little risk in the kitchen: instead of drinking my tea, I poured it into my pancake batter. And I definitely didn’t Farkle with that breakfast!
Fluffy Herbal Tea Pancakes
This recipe is easy halved or doubled! Be sure to steep the tea for the entire time, if not longer, for a fully infused tea taste.
½ c. water
1 herbal tea bag (such as Good Earth Original)
½ c. all-purpose flour (or half wheat and half white)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp Ener-G
- Boil the water, either on the stove or pop in the microwave for 1 min. Add the tea bag and let it steep for at least 15 min.
- While the tea steeps, whisk together the remaining ingredients (flour through Ener-G) in a medium bowl. Add the tea, and stir just until incorporated.
- Preheat the pan lightly coated with nonstick spray over medium-low heat. For each pancake, spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter onto the pan, and cook for 2-3 min, or until the edges begin to cook and bubbles form on the top. Flip the pancake and continue cooking for 1-2 more min, or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
*Note: 1 egg white can be substituted for the Ener-G, but decrease the water to about ⅓ cup.