What are French Canadian pancakes? Well, they are as large as crêpes, but much thicker. They are thinner and larger than the type of pancakes that most people know. As for the taste, they have the same one as crêpes and you serve them the same way. Syrup and jam garnishes stay better on top than on regular pancakes, as they are usually absorbed by the thick layer of cooked batter so you taste the toppings better and you need less of them. How do you make them? Simply follow these steps!
Ingredients and cookware:
- 1 cup of white flour
- 1 cup of 2% milk
- Lard, butter or margarine (for cooking purposes)
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or substitute
- 1 frying pan (well-greased cast iron or non-stick are recommended)
- 1 spatula
- 1 spoon (wooden spoon is recommended as it doesn't scratch the pan)
- 1 whip or electric mixer
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 ladle
- 2 tablespoons (one for cooking and one for measuring ingredients)
- 1 measuring cup
- 1 teaspoon
- Prepare the pancake mix! Measure all ingredients. Put all the ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the exception of the flour and milk, which you add gradually while mixing and whipping the mixture to avoid lumps. When all ingredients are into the bowl, use a whip or mixer to mix the batter until it is smooth and has no lumps.
- Preheat the pan! Melt a chunk of lard, butter or margarine in the frying pan (the best results are from using lard in a cast iron pan). The pan must be preheated on High.
- Pour and spread! Use a ladle and fill it up with the pancake mix. Gently pour in a circular motion starting in the middle and going towards the edge of the pan. Then use a tablespoon to spread the mixture evenly on the bottom of the pan.
- Bubbling time! Wait to use the spatula until you see the mixture make bubbles. Gently remove the pancake from the pan and flip it to cook the other side of the pancake until golden brown.
- All done! Gently remove the pancake from the frying pan, with a spatula.
Finishing touches, serve and enjoy!
Use your favorite garnishes. Gently roll up the pancake and slice in in smaller rolls. Enjoy! You will soon discover that you do not need a lot of syrup or garnishes to enjoy the taste of your pancake. You will not eat as many either; each one is very filling. In the end, you will not need to purchase a special mix, as all the ingredients can easily be found at home. Once you taste them, you will not just be amazed by them, but I challenge you not to serve them more often to your family than the traditional pancakes. This recipe is not only fast, easy and inexpensive, but it is also filling and tasty. Enjoy!