How to Make Quick and Delicious Pancakes From Scratch
Do you want a quick and inexpensive way to feel totally superior to people?
Make pancakes from scratch. The money you save combined with the gloating you can do are well worth the extra 2 minutes it takes to whip this batter together. You probably already have all the ingredients anyway. So, the next time someone in your household gets a hankering for pancakes, you don't have to run out to the store to buy the inferior pre-made batter (or worse still, the frozen kind -- why do you hate your family?) Just pull out these seven ingredients that are just taking up space in your fridge and pantry and show off some culinary, pancake love.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 tsps baking powder (Quick Pro-tip: If this stuff has been sitting around too long, you'll get flat pancakes).
- 1 scant tsp salt *
- 1 tbs granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups Milk (Note: I use whole milk, but 2% works as well. I've never tried this recipe with 1% or skim, so I don't know if the much lower fat content has any effect)
- 1 egg
- 3 tbs butter, melted
* The recipe calls for a full tsp, which needs to be measured exactly, otherwise the pancakes can be too salty. So, to err on the side of deliciousness, go just under a tsp. But don't cut it down to 1/2 tsp or your pancakes won't be as fluffy. Salt helps make the insides fluff. Science!
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients -- the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Or, just dump everything in there. Lumps in the batter actually make for better pancakes.
- Mix the dry ingredients
- Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until just combined. Don't worry about lumps (see above).
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
- Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Note: If you want a lot of little pancakes, use about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. If you want fewer large pancakes, use about 1/2 cup of batter per pancake. Or use any amount in-between or above or below. They're your pancakes. Go nuts (But don't put nuts in them. Are you a monster?)
- Cook the first side until bubbles have formed uniformly over the top surface. Flip, and cook the 2nd side for about 2 minutes.
- Make sure both sides are lightly browned and serve hot.
Enjoy your food!