Pancake Problem

August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am 6 comments

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Imagine this: the day of your best friend’s bridal shower is finally here. You have spent two days cooking and baking and preparing for her Bridal Tea Party. Your friend and another bridesmaid spend the night before at your house, watching girly TV and talking about wedding plans. To get rid of nervous energy, you wake up early for a quick run, despite a poor night of sleep. You get back to make a pancake breakfast for your friend, only to find that the pancake mix has run out! OH NO! What do you do? My family was perplexed. Make french toast or scrambled eggs instead? No, sillies! Pancakes from scratch are simple!

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Now to a lot of you, this may seem like no big deal. If you are lucky, you may not even have thought of pre-made pancake mixes when I mentioned a pancake breakfast. I have begun to think outside of the box (pun intended) when it comes to pancakes, but still turn to Bisquick, the mix my mom turned to for Saturday morning pancakes, when looking for instant gratification. It’s not the healthiest, but it never leaves me disappointed with its fluffy pancakes in minutes.

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This recipe, which I found in the archives of my computer, might be even easier than a mix. Scratch that, you can mix up the dry ingredients and put it in a jar as your own quick mix. And the resulting pancakes are fantastic. The batter is thin, but leads to perfect flapjacks. Or silver dollar pancakes. Or whatever name you might like to call them. They aren’t fluffy or cake-like, but I liked that even more about them. Some keys to cooking great pancakes: cook them on a really hot griddle that is well coated with cooking spray, flip them when the surface is fully filled with bubbles, and keep them in a covered dish or a plate wrapped in foil so they stay warm while you cook the rest. Serve them with maple syrup, or try them with a little jam. My grandma always uses this fruity alternative to cut down on the sugar in her breakfast, and I love it! It adds a different flavor to the pancakes without too much sugary syrup. Whatever your preferences are, a pancake breakfast is a great way to kick off a bride-to-be’s day! More to come on her shower…

Question: Are you a from-scratch pancake person, or do you turn to a mix on a lazy weekend morning?

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Homemade Pancake Mix

each 1 cup mix makes pancakes for 3-4 people

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

Mix the dry ingredients together and store in a jar. When you are ready for your pancake breakfast, add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Do not overmix, stop when the ingredients are combined. Heat a flat griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Spoon drops of 2-4 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle and when bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes, flip them over to until golden brown on both sides.

NOTE: You can make multiples of the recipe for the dry ingredients for storage, and simply measure out 1 cup on the morning you want your pancakes. For fluffier pancakes, check out my updated version here (with or without the banana slices!)

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  August 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Those look great. We stopped using mix years ago, for that reason.

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  • 2. ingrina  |  August 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

    These sound delicious! Alan loves pancakes. I think I’m going to give these a try one day. Thanks – have bookmarked this post!

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    • 3. jenlenew  |  August 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

      aw thanks ingrina! hope you guys like them :)

      Reply
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