Good morning, er…evening. Regardless, breakfast food is successful in our house at any meal! Any night I say we’re having biscuits or waffles or pancakes for dinner, I think everyone is excited!
Pancakes are probably a family favorite, though. We like just about anything on them – peanut butter & applesauce, maple syrup, honey, yogurt, apple butter, pumpkin butter, jam, etc. I often make a double batch so that we can freeze some and have them throughout the week for breakfasts. We just love pancakes. You can make them into ghosts for Halloween, make them into letters or into Ebelskivers
It’s been a fun marriage builder too. I think that we are a great team. I make the batter and Brad flips. He really makes the best pancakes, just seems to know the right amount of time, heat, etc. It’s not that they’re particularly complicated, but he just has a special knack. Brad and I enjoy making pancakes enough that it has been our way to foster community in our neighborhood. A few times a year, we set up a table, some really long extension cords and our griddle in our front courtyard and invite everyone over. It’s potluck style, so bring something to share and Brad flips pancakes.
I know that pancakes mixes are convenient, but we just make ours from scratch. I imagine you could mix up a large batch of the dry ingredients and store them, and just take out how much you need for breakfast, add the milk and eggs and it would be just as convenient. But really, it only takes about 5 minutes to mix up! I do recommend once you mix it to let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. The baking powder starts acting and they will be fluffier.
So, our oh-so-successful pancake recipe comes right out of the red and white Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook. We tinkered with it a bit, but it’s just a good basic recipe to have on file.
1 cup all-purpose flour (you can make it with 1/2 whole wheat flour as well)
1 T sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 T cooking oil (we are currently on a coconut oil kick, but put in anything you like)
1 tsp vanilla
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl mix egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Mix on medium for no more than 10 seconds – you don’t want to over mix them.
Standard size pancakes take about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot pan – about 350 if you’re using a griddle. Cover over medium heat about 2 minute or until pancakes are golden brown, flipping them when they start to bubble.