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Pancakes are a bread-like food made from a batter that is cooked on a hot pan. There are many different kinds of pancakes, such as blueberry and chocolate chip. Here are some easy pancake recipes:
Pancakes from the beginning
- 1 cup flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 small bit of salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs which have been split between yellow spot (yolk) and whites (the clear liquid)
- 1 tablespoon sugar. If you are using other things such as blueberries or syrup then you won't want to use sugar.
- In a big bowl, stir all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) together until they are well-mixed (mixed good).
- Pour in the milk and stir a lot until it is smooth.
- Put the yellow spots (yolks) in the batter and stir them well, then put the "whites" in a smaller bowl.
- Beat whites until stiff and then fold into batter gently (skip this step for heavier pancakes or if 1 cup buttermilk is substituted for milk).
- Pour ladlefulls of the mixture into a non-stick pan, one at a time.
- Cook until the edges are dry and bubbles appear on surface. Turn; cook until golden. Yields 12 to 14 pancakes.
Notes, tips, and variations
- Serve with butter, maple syrup, fruit, Nutella, melted chocolate, jam or cheese.
- Pancakes do not store well.
- Use buttermilk instead of milk, or wholegrain flours instead of white. This will change the consistency of the final product (i.e. whole grain flours generally lead to a denser heavier pancake, so try mixing white and wheat in various proportions as suggested above to get the feel you want).
- Add sliced fruit such as banana and apple, or broken crispy bacon to the batter after pouring into the skillet and before flipping.
Banana-Spirulina Pancakes (Vegan)
This is a recipe for Banana-Spirulina Pancakes that makes about 5-6 large pancakes (serves two people well).
- 1¼ cup Flour (check that label!)
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- About 1 teaspoon powdered Spirulina (optional, but recommended)
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
- 1¼ cup Rice milk (soy might also work)
- 1 thinly sliced Banana (if you freeze the banana first, you can get very thin slices)
- non-stick skillet, sauté pan, or griddle
- Maple syrup
- non-stick spray
Sift and mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spirulina in a big bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix oil and milk.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Dump in the liquid ingredients and lightly mix the two together.
- Do not whisk, beat, or otherwise try to mash out all of the batter lumps. You will end up with tough, flat, and ugly pancakes. Keep a light hand, and your pancakes will remember by yielding fluffy results.
- Gently toss in the bananas and stir them just to coat in the batter.
- Heat up the non-stick pan and spray evenly with oil.
- Using a 1/3 cup measure as a scoop, dip into the batter and pour evenly into the skillet. Watch your heat carefully, you want it on medium-hot (don't burn them).
- When bubbles begin to form in the middle of the pancake, and the edges look somewhat set, give it another spray of oil.
- Immediately, flip over.
- Cook for another minute or so, then remove the pancake, and put it in the toaster oven on warm (Or find some way of keeping it warm while you finish off the batter).
- Spray the pan again, and repeat until the batter is all gone.
A light maple syrup is very good. Some prefer this without anything.