How To Make Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast foods, period. They are also one of the easiest to make. There's no need to buy pancake mix. A few simple ingredients, a few simple rules, and a little practice can yield expert results, even for a novice.

There are many different recipes for making pancakes. The only perfect one to make pancakes with is the one that you like the best. Feel free to tweak this recipe or experiment with others:

  •     1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  •     3 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  •     1 tablespoon sugar
  •     1/2 teaspoon salt
  •     1 egg
  •     1 1/2 cups milk
  •     1/4 cup melted butter
  •     1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk. Set aside.

Note: Whisking the dry ingredients is very important. It is necessary that all lumps be eliminated now prior to combining with the wet ingredients. Otherwise, there will be large lumps of flour in the batter. Over-mixing in an attempt to break up these lumps will result in rubbery pancakes.

In another bowl beat the egg until fluffy. Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl. Fold or stir gently until just combined. Do not over mix. The batter should be lumpy. Set aside.

Grease the frying pan, skillet or griddle with a small amount of butter or vegetable oil. Heat pan using medium setting. The pan will be ready at about 350 degrees. A way to test pan readiness is to sprinkle a few drops of water. If the water "dances" then the pan is ready.

Let this first pancake be a test pancake. Pour about 1/4 of a cup or one ladle full of batter into the pan. Let it cook until you see the edges starting to get dry. The surface of the pancake will probably bubble as well. Flip the pancake with a spatula. Note the color: It should be golden brown. If not, adjust length of cooking time and/or the temperature. Cook the second side until golden brown.

The next time you want to make pancakes, try adding fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are all excellent choices. Just experiment and enjoy!  

If you'd like to tempt your family with other foods that even the most picky children will enjoy, I highly recommend the tasty recipes found in Kid Approved Meals.


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