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I came up with this when I got annoyed at the recipes out there that call for a million and one ingredients. Pancakes are supposed to be simple comfort food! Nevertheless, this base recipe gives you a lot of room to experiment and play around. I’ll probably post derivatives of this recipe down the road, but for now, enjoy!
Ingredients (this makes enough for 4 pancakes as shown above).
1/2 cup all purpose flour (or bread flour)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (be generous now)
1 Extra large egg
1/2 cup of water/milk or liquid (good eye visitors!) – a lot of people have been posting that it makes for some runny pancakes – try cutting it down to 3/8ths of the cup if that is the case. I personally have no probs with 1/2 cup.
Salt (a pinch)
Sugar (as much as you want. helloooo diabetes)
Vanilla Extract (optional) – be generous. Vanilla is tasty
Cinnamon (optional) – if it’s from a shaker, give it a couple of shakes
So the base recipe for this is quite simple. Mix all the ingredients together and whisk until smooth. The purists here will tell you to fold it so that the bubbles stay, but I says the heat from the pan will activate the baking powder and give you fluffy pancakes regardless.
Use a large ladle to scoop out about a fourth of the mixture into a greased pan (butter, oil, etc) on low heat. Timing will vary for the flipping, but to help you out with that, you can look at the edges of the pancake and if they look like they’ve formed nicely, then it is probably time to flip the pancakes.
Serve with a dash of butter, a dollop of whipped cream, fresh fruits or anything else you please.
If you’re worried about things like glycemic indexes, you can try the recipe with 1/4 cup of oatmeal and 1/4 cup of flour. Be creative!
I should also note that this soft food (sans the syrup) is great for when you first get braces. Here’s a more complete list of the foods you should avoid with braces. If you happen to be in Montreal and need an orthodontist, check out this Montreal Orthodontist site.