Monday, January 24, 2011

Old-Fashioned Pancakes

As a kid, I made pancakes all the time - pull out some Bisquick, add liquid and an egg, and then heat up a frying pan and pour out some batter.

Easy peasy.  So easy a 10 year old can do it.

Fast forward twenty years.  I still love pancakes, but I banned Bisquick from my cupboard.  What's a girl to do when a pancake craving strikes?  Make them from scratch!  Pancakes can be made from the staples found in almost any pantry.

Today's recipe is from Lucinda Scala Quinn, Executive Food Director for Martha's empire,  hosts her own show on Hallmark Channel called "Mad Hungry."

Oh to be that little pool of butter, in the middle of a pile of steaming pancake goodness...

The recipe makes 16 4-inch pancakes.  I scaled it down to make two normal sized pancakes and one abnormal sized pancake.  The scaled down ingredients is in parenthesis.

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour (0.5 heaping cup of flour)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (0.25 tbsp sugar, or 1/3 heaping tsp of sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (0.25 tsp salt, or a pinch of salt.)
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (0.5 heaping tsp of baking powder)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (a smidge of egg, cook the rest on the side, or use an egg substitute)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (just under 1/3 cup of milk)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for serving (0.25 tbsp melted butter for the batter)
  • Vegetable oil for the griddle
  • Pure maple syrup (or any old syrup)

A note when scaling this recipe down - I would consider omitting the egg, or scrambling part of the egg as a side to your pancakes.  I used one whole egg, and the batter came out really thick.  I had to keep adding milk to thin it out, and I eventually gave up.

The batter smells a lot like Bisquick - you're not missing anything by making this from scratch!  It only takes a little extra effort to measure the ingredients.

1.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Make a well in the center of the mixture, and add the egg, milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.  Whisk from the center, slowly incorporating the dry mixture.
(I didn't do that last part, I just threw everything in, and mixed vigorously.  That might have explained why my batter was so thick.)

2.  Heat a skillet, griddle or in my case, a non stick pan over medium high heat.  Swirl the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet, or use oil to coat the griddle. (I used cooking spray.  I'm sorry!!)  Pour 1/4th cup of batter per pancake.  When bubbles rise to the surface, flip the pancake over and reduce heat to medium.  Cook until the bottom is golden and centers are cooked, about 1 minute.

3.  As the pancakes come off the skillet, either keep warm in the oven on an oven safe plate, or serve to the hungry, waiting masses.

4.  Serve a stack of three with a pat of butter and real maple syrup.

Syrup action shot, even if it is picture taking fail.  It is really difficult to take these pictures by yourself!

It was delicious.  I love this recipe, although I would want to try it again without the egg or a smaller amount of egg.  I loved the taste of the pancakes - it reminded me of the pancakes of my childhood.  I wish they came out a bit fluffier, but I think that is due to using too much egg and overmixing the batter.  Plus I tend to flatten the pancakes when I flip them over, which is silly on my part, but this is a habit that is hard to break.

1 comment:

  1. yummy! Best pancake recipe in the world