Pancakes

Out-of-the-box breakfast thinking

Pancakes being served

Making your own pancakes is quick, easy and really beats buying a box of expensive powder from the store.

Do you still buy boxed pancake packages from the grocery store to whip up pancakes on a weekend? More appropriately, do you like spending your money on a box of inexpensive ingredients you already have at home? Do you know what’s in the pancake mix box? Flour; baking powder; sugar and salt. That’s it. We leave out nearly all the salt in our recipe. This is an easy and enjoyable recipe anyone can measure and mix! After you get the basics, experiment with your custom recipe, and give the humble pancake some real character.

The basic pancake ingredients

  • Preparation time: 20 to 30 minutes;
  • Serves 4. The recipe can be easily scaled up, and pancakes refrigerate well for a few days.
Ingredient Quantity
All-purpose unbleached flour 250 mL (1 cup)
Whole wheat flour 60 mL (¼ cup)
Golden sugar 15 mL (1 tablespoon)
Baking powder 15 mL (1 tablespoon)
Salt or salt substitute 1 or 2 mL (¼ teaspoon maximum)
Egg 1 large
Milk (At room temperature) 335 mL (1⅓ cups)
Vegetable Oil 45 mL (3 tablespoons)
Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 15 mL (1 tablespoon)
Mashed banana, or grated apple 1 fruit
Butter or margarine To taste
Cinnamon Small pinch
Maple syrup, honey, fruit preserves, sour cream, apple butter, or whatever you desire. To taste

Preparation

  1. Mix two types of flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl;
  2. In a separate container (about 500 mL), slightly whisk the egg, then add milk, Bailey’s Irish Cream and vegetable oil. Mix together. Gently using an eggbeater is a good way to get the right blend and texture;
  3. Add the mixed liquids to the solid ingredients, and stir. Add the mashed banana or grated apple. Stir until flour is just moist and thick;
  4. Heat the skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Coat with butter or vegetable oil;
  5. We suggest making multiple small pancakes rather than a few big ones. Cook until batter bubbles on top, the edges are dry, and the underside is golden brown. Flip the pancake with a spatula and cook underside. Pancakes should be flipped once only;
  6. Keep warm in a deep dish, or on your over’s warmer element, as you make 8 to 12 pancakes from this batter mix;
  7. Serve with butter or margarines, and maple syrup. Make it interesting with fruit preserves, walnuts, jam, marmalade, sour cream, or use your imagination.

Pancake variations we’ve tried

For pancakes with an extra something special, try one of the following:

  • Substitute buttermilk for the regular milk. You ought to increase the baking powder by about 1 or 2 mL (about ¼ teaspoon) for the pancakes to be fluffy;
  • Add (or grate) a pinch (¼ teaspoon) of nutmeg to the mixture, especially if using grated apple;
  • Substitute the 15 to 25 mL of Bailey’s Irish Cream with your favourite liqueur.

Let us know how you like them. We’ll bet you never buy another box of flour, baking powder, salt and sugar from the grocery store again.