Thursday, April 11, 2013

Breakfast Bites

Zoey's 4th grade class is working on a marketing project in social studies. The kids each had to come up with a food---real or not---& then go through the steps to market it. First, they had to make a billboard advertising their product. (A large piece of posterboard.) Then, they had to come up with packaging—which included a picture of their product, nutrition facts, ingredients, price & weight. Lastly, as an option, they could make the product & bring it to school to share with their friends.
Zoey & I came up with the idea of pancakes in miniature cupcake form. And then she ran with the idea. She calls them "Breakfast Bites". I call them "Pancake Cupcakes". Although, technically, they are more like muffins.

We thought we'd share the recipe with you...

To make approximately 30 breakfast bites, you'll need:
2 cups Bisquick
1 cup milk
2 eggs
9 pieces of bacon
maple syrup
non-stick cooking spray
mini muffin tin
optional: mini muffin/cupcake paper liners

1. Cook up the bacon & chop it up. Set aside to use later.
2. Prepare the muffin tins: Either spray with non-stick cooking spray OR use mini cupcake liners sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (We baked a batch of Breakfast Bites without spraying the cupcake liners & the cupcakes stuck SO badly to the sides of the paper!!! It was a mess. UGH. On the other hand, the Breakfast Bites were so delicious that Pazely & I actually ate some of the paper liner without realizing it.)
3. Mix the Bisquick, 1 cup of milk, & 2 eggs in a bowl until combined well.
4. Fill your muffin tins/paper liners with the batter, almost to the top. (They puff up really nicely & form that perfectly adorable "cupcake" shape.)
5. Grab that bacon & sprinkle a little bit in the middle of each cupcake.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
7. When the cupcakes have cooled for several minutes, squirt* the middle of each with about 3/4 teaspoon of syrup. (We used the really good stuff: 100% pure organic maple syrup. If you have never tasted real maple syrup, it's worth the extra dollars to have a taste! Move over Mrs. Butterworth...)
*We inserted a squirty tube into the middle of each Breakfast Bite & injected the syrup, but you can use a syringe.

These are not too sugary/sweet, so they are perfect for a quick bite-to-go at breakfast. But you could get creative with some maple bacon frosting or brown sugar/cream cheese glaze & serve them at a party or for dessert. And then, they would be real grown-up cupcakes.

Although I have not tried yet, I am betting these will freeze really well. From the freezer to the microwave in just a few minutes! And, of course, you could make regular sized versions of these, just adjust the baking time. (The girls enjoyed Breakfast Bites for breakfast this morning with some fruit & a glass of milk.)

Zoey brought her Breakfast Bites to school this morning & I can't wait to hear how her classmates liked them. She was so proud & excited! I'll be sure to update this post with photos of her billboard & packaging. (Can't believe I forgot!)

Pssst! Here are the pics...

While baking in the kitchen, Zoey decided to take a break to go outside & romp around. 
In the snow. In her socks. 


  1. Oh my gosh. These look amazing!

  2. These look yummo. Would love the hear the update, how did the class like them?

    1. The class really enjoyed them! The fun thing is that I happened to be in her classroom the day she made the presentation to her class, & see the kids' reaction as they munched on the Breakfast Bites.


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