Fluffy homemade pancakes from scratch
The luxury of weekend is when I can cook “real” breakfast for the family. A fluffy pancake, uncured turkey bacon and eggs make everyone satisfied and happy. This goes especially for my daughter who feels her day is complete having pancakes for breakfast.
I am sharing this Basic Pancakes Recipe from The New York Times Cook Book (Copyright 1961 by Craig Claiborne) which I’ve been using now for more than a decade. We’ve not been relying on pancake mix on a box for a long time now.
The ingredients I’m sure are in your pantry. Try this recipe and you will not be disappointed. I promise it will be fluffy and good.
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/4 cups milk, approximately
3 tablespoons shortening, melted and slightly cooled or vegetable oil
1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Mix egg, milk, and shortening or oil. Three-quarters cup milk will make thick pancakes; one and one-quarter cups of milk will make them thin enough for rolling.
3. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir only enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not beat or the pancakes will be tough. (For thinner pancakes, add more milk and mix lightly).
4. Bake on a hot griddle, lightly greased if necessary. Turn pancakes only once.
Blogging Mama’s tip:
1. You may use a non stick pan or a well seasoned cast iron pan. I made sure to lightly butter (vegetable oil) the pan or griddle. Wipe off with a paper towel until no butter or oil is visible. Repeat this step every time you pour the pancake batter.
2. Use a 1/4 cup to measure the pancake batter and gently pour in the hot pan or griddle.
3. Do not over mix pancake batter. No need to worry about lumps since it will just dissolve during cooking. Too much mixing results in a tough pancake.
4. Flip the pancakes if bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake.
5. Fruits like blueberry, banana and even chocolate chips may be added to the pancake batter for variation.
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