Sunday, August 31, 2008

Basic Pancake Mix


Tonight we had a nice simple meal of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. I love eating breakfast for dinner. Probably because we’re not in such a rush in the evenings and can take time to leisurely enjoy our meal and talk about our day.

Mornings are quite different because I have a chronic case of the “hurry syndrome.” You know the one I’m talking about: “Hurry up and finish your cereal.” “Hurry and grab your backpack before we’re late for school.” “Hurry and brush your teeth.” “Hurry and ____________________ (you fill in the blank).” My internal RPMs are ready to combust before I even walk out of the door to start the daily race with myself. And I always lose.

But I digress because I initially started out wanting to share my super easy recipe for a basic pancake mix that is much better than a box mix. So here it is. Now, hurry up and eat 'em!

BASIC PANCAKE MIX


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla (or any other flavored extract)
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly blended. Add the eggs, vanilla, and oil. Slowly add the milk and start mixing with the other ingredients. When the batter reaches the desired consistency (will still have lumps), it’s ready to be ladled on a hot griddle or frying pan. Flip the pancakes over when the batter starts to bubble on top. Both sides should be cooked to a golden brown over medium heat.

Variations: Get creative and add 1/2 cup of miniature chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, sliced bananas, chopped apples, berries, walnuts, or pecans.

Jazz up pancakes with food coloring or flavored extracts.

Warm maple syrup is always yummy, but different toppings are nice for a change of taste. Spread your favorite jam or preserves on top or visit one of these links for some interesting ideas:

Apple Juice Syrup: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/applesyrup.htm
Apple Pecan Topping: http://itybtyfrogideas.blogspot.com/2006/10/pumpkin-pancakes-with-apple-pecan.html
More pancake toppings: http://www.notecook.com/Desserts/Cakes/Three-Pancake-Toppings.88674

1 comment:

  1. Jackie Lynn2:41 PM

    My daughter-in-law keeps a batch of the dry ingredients for pancake batter mixed up on hand, then all she has to do is add the wet items when my grandson asks for pancakes for breakfast. She says that makes it easier and faster to prepare pancakes in the mornings.

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