We like pancakes. We have them a lot around our house. And sometimes, we even have them for a quick and thrifty dinner. Over the years, I have found several favorites. Here’s a couple…
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup melted butter, or oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
In large batter bowl, beat eggs slightly. In separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. To the eggs, add butter and milk. Add dry ingredients. Mix only until all the dry ingredients are mixed in. Bake on hot oiled griddle.
***For our family of six, I have to triple the above recipe; however, the batter will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator if you have any leftover. On the rare occasions that we have any pancakes left, we will eat them cold out of the fridge for a snack, or as a quick, hot weekday breakfast – just pop them in the microwave or toaster.
This second recipe is from an old, southern-style cookbook, and I love it because it uses baking soda versus baking powder. I always seem to run out of baking powder, but not baking soda, so this recipe saves me a trip to the store!
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 cups sour milk (you can use buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream thinned with a little milk, or 4 Tablespoons vinegar plus enough milk to make 2 cups)
1 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
In large bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, salt, and sugar. In another bowl, beat eggs lightly, add milk, and then add to dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk, then add melted butter. Heat an oiled griddle, ladle a 1/4 cupful of batter onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles start to “pop” and underside is nicely browned. Flip pancakes and cook until done.
***Again, I need to triple this recipe for my family of six.
Pancakes are pretty foolproof, but the more you make, the better pancake chef you become. Martha Stewart has a good article about the art of the perfect pancake, and so does this site. My grandmother always made pancakes for us when she would come to stay, and we were always wowed by her ability to shape them into all sorts of creatures. Because, you know, pancakes always taste better when they’re shaped like a bear, or a turtle, or a heart, or a robot, or anything a grandma can think up!