As easy as making pancakes may appear to be – it isn’t always that way. I have made a good number of breakfast batches of these gems that were uncooked in the middle, burned on the outside, crusty on the edges…. and those ended up in a garbage bin! I find this recipe portions just right and I am going share that and one more point with you:
The secret of tender pancakes is to stir the batter only until dry ingredients are just blended. The batter will be lumpy. Use a heavy iron or aluminum frying pan or griddle for pancakes.
Granma’s Old-fashioned pancakes:
1-1/2 cups of flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
1-1/4 cups of milk3 tablespoons of melted butter or vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Stir flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Beat eggs thoroughly and add milk. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients, slowly add the egg-milk mixture. Add melted butter and vanilla. Stir quickly until ingredients are just mixed and batter is still lumpy in appearance. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls on a hot griddle. Cook the pancakes until they are filled with bubbles and the undersurface is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve as hot as possible with maple syrup, honey, jam or jelly, bacon or sausages. Do not turn the pancakes more than once during cooking.
Variations of pancakes:
Sour milk pancakes – make pancake batter, using sour milk or buttermilk. Reduce baking powder to 1-1/2 teaspoon; add 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water.
Blueberry pancakes – make pancake batter, increasing sugar to 1/3 cup. Reduce milk to 1 cup. Add 1 cup of floured blueberries. Cook slower than plain pancakes.
Apple Cinnamon pancakes – make pancake batter. Reduce milk to 1 cup;add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. 1 cup of grated raw apple, 1.2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon of warm water.
Ginger’n spice pancakes – make pancake batter. To dry ingredients add: 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.
Banana pancakes – make pancake batter. Reduce sugar to 2 teaspoons and milk to 1 cup. Add a few grains of black pepper to dry ingredients, fold in 3/4 cup of mashed ripe banana.