After yesterday’s ink-free donut, I decided to use the same palette and approach to answer today’s prompt of “fluffy.” This is the final prompt of the month as a new adventure begins tomorrow for June! Pancakes were the first thing that came to mind as Philippe and I always have them on the weekends while watching cartoons, of course, like the kids that we are. There’s something so fun about doing what you did as a kid on the weekends. The key difference from when I was a kid, though, is that Philippe now makes them dairy-free using almond milk. They’re fluffy and delicious and if you’re curious about the recipe, he was generous enough to include it at the bottom of this full post! His food is fabulous and I’m always telling him to start a blog with his recipes, but in the meantime, I just feature them inside Doodlewash on the rare occasions he provides them. We should seriously team up and create an illustrated cookbook, but in the meantime, maybe I’ll be able to coax more recipes out of him in the future.

My story yesterday mysteriously disappeared and I was able to bring back the first paragraph only via my social media feeds. No doubt a victim of the many crazy updates I’ve been making to this site, but I hope everything is back to working order now. I honestly don’t know what I said, but I’m sure it was brilliant so I’m sorry if some of you missed it. Actually, no, it was probably just the usual rambles and not worth worrying much over, but I can say anything about it now. It’s been quite a month, and apologies if you’ve experienced any glitches on the site as I try to fulfill a million dreams simultaneously. Lots of incredible things coming, so thanks for your patience while I get it all figured out. Right now, I’m just really wishing it was the weekend as I’m totally craving pancakes. I will admit that this doodlewash is extreme. We only have three pancakes each, but a big stack just looks that much cooler.

I’m super excited about all the wonderful things coming. In just one short month, it’s the 2nd annual World Watercolor Month in July and this year will be bigger and better than ever! In the next week, I’ll be launching the new Doodlewash Community section which many of you have already started to try out by creating profiles and uploading artwork, right here on this site. To Log In to, click the “Log In” link in the Main Menu. You can then enter your username and password to access the site, create an account, or log in with Facebook. I’m really just an illustrator and not a true web programmer, so I view everything I’ve made happen so far as a bit miraculous. I’m sure I’ll make plenty of mistakes as things move along, but that’s pretty much the path you always sign up for when you’re creating new things. The trick is to just keep moving forward. No matter what, things have a way of being wonderful and delicious in the end. Like a nice little stack of fluffy pancakes.

Recipe for Philippe’s Almond Milk Pancakes

• 1 1/4 Cup Unbleached Flour
• 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
• 1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
• 1 Egg
• 3 tsp. Baking Power
• 1 tsp. Baking Soda
• 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (unless it’s Vanilla Almond Milk)
• 2 tsp. Black Rum
Lightly mix all the ingredients together, careful to not mix too much. It should only take about 15 seconds. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. On a hot non-stick pan, pour the dough to form pancakes. Once the bubbles stop, it should be time to flip it to the next side. Once cooked, they should appear slightly brown. Don’t be surprised if these aren’t as brown as traditional pancakes. Serve with berries, maple syrup, and, of course, a bit of lovely butter!

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16 thoughts on “Fluffy Pancakes

  1. I LOVE pancakes, especially big fluffy ones. Will you share? I have to admit, I’ve never heard of putting Black Rum (I don’t even know what that is) in pancakes, but I put a tablespoon or two of orange juice in my French toast, much beloved by my grandkids. Anyway, my fork is ready and so is my mouth – dish up, Philippe. Yum yum and thank you.

    As for the techie stuff, I can’t help you – but I can tell how hard you’ve been working to create this great new blog. Thanks, Charlie.

    1. I would definitely share my pancakes with you, Sharon! 😃💕Philippe’s are soooo delicious!! And French toast is one of my faves!! I’ll happily come over for a bite of that! Yep, the techie stuff is isn’t my forte, but I’ve been a bit surprised how much I’ve been able to accomplish. It’s like I’m a little kid again, trying new things, breaking them, and then fixing them back into something cool. Really fun!

  2. Thanks for the recipe! And your watercolor pancakes look delish!! 😊 We put Huckleberry syrup on our pancakes and sometimes sprinkle fresh ones into the batter if we are lucky enough to pick a few! 💜

  3. I love love love pancakes but since I’ve discovered that gluten makes me quite ill, all I can do is enjoy your fantastic doodlewash. Probably all for the better since yesterday had me longing for that perfect glazed donut and today I am awash in wonderful pancake memories. So generous of Philippe to share his recipe – and the rum seems like a fantastic idea.

    1. Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Yep… these are just dairy-free, but still have the gluten. We’re a gluten-light household, but still have some in the mix. Pancakes are our little weekend treat. hehe… and yep, the rum is a great addition!

  4. Those pancakes look fantastic! The sheen of maple syrup is perfect. Yum!! I’m liking your approach to ink-free, Charlie!

    1. Thanks so much, Linda!! 😃💕 And yay! I’m so thrilled you liked this new approach. I tried it again to kick off June. It’s kind of fun to try something new, but I’m always wondering if it will be well-received. Thrilled you like it!

  5. Looking at the preview I assumed it was showing a photo you’d put in the post for some reason – the syrup looks so real! It’s dangerous stuff viewing these posts in such quick succession. Too many temptations. I definitely approve of the Doodlewash Cookbook – I’m certain you could make it happen!

    1. Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yay! I love to try to pack in some detail and contrast to get that photo look. Cool that it’s coming across without the pen! And yeah, if I can just get the recipes out of Philippe, we could totally make it happen!

  6. Wish I could dig right into those pancakes. I also gotta say I’m enjoying the changes I see in your website, and I look forward to what is yet to come. You are working hard, and you are getting the results!

    1. That makes me soooo happy to hear you say that!! Thank you!! 😃💕 It’s so scary to make such significant changes to something that was working pretty well before. I’m shocked I haven’t broken more than I have, but it’s actually coming along rather well now! Glad you like it! Much more to come!

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