Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes are a delicious breakfast food that pair well with fruit, bacon, milk, and coffee.  I love the golden-brown colour and all the variations you can do from a simple recipe.  I’ll add posts later for oatmeal pancakes, banana pancakes, chocolate chip or fruit pancakes, and various fruit sauces.  To start with, below is a great, simple recipe for North American style fluffy vanilla pancakes – I use it often!

Serves: 5-6 people

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 2.25 cups of whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 teaspoons of salt

Steps:

  1. Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, and be sure to mix thoroughly, set aside
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl or on the stove
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl
  4. In a large bowl, mix the milk with the beaten eggs, then stir in the melted butter and the vanilla extract, be sure to mix well
  5. Add the liquid mixture to the solid mixture in a large bowl and stir gently with a whisk (make sure that you dissolve all the solids but DO NOT OVERMIX, you want there to be some “lumpy” looking small pieces in the pancake mix, otherwise the mix will settle too fast on the frying pan and you’ll get flat crepes instead of fluffy pancakes – the consistency should be rather thick but still able to be poured)
  6. Heat up a pan on the stove at medium-high heat, with a small amount of butter in the pan
  7. Wait until water flicked on the pan sizzles
  8. Pour the pancake mix in one spot at the center of the pan and let it spread out on its own (Don’t spread it evenly around in a thin layer or you’ll end up with flat pancakes like crepes)
  9. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping once.  You’ll know when to flip it as the mix will start to bubble a bit and the pancake edges will start to brown slightly
  10. Serve with butter, maple syrup, fruit syrup, chocolate, and/or happy thoughts
To make a nice simple fruit sauce if you don’t have syrup around:
  1. Throw a bunch of berries in a pan at medium-high heat with a bunch of sugar
  2. Heat until the berries and the sugar liquify, adding more sugar and/or berries as desired/needed
  3. Serve hot over the pancakes

Notes:

If your mix is a bit too thick or too runny, just add a bit of milk or flour as necessary.  You can also easily adjust the sweetness and fatty flavour by adding a bit more sugar and butter to your taste.

– D

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