Pancake batter is one of the easiest things to whip up and makes an inexpensive meal. It is almost amazing they are able to stay in business producing mixes. Once in a while I like to change things up and have breakfast for dinner. Pancakes and a side of scrambled eggs make for a fast, nourishing and special weeknight treat.
Since I store an amazing amount of blueberries in our freezer from the summer, I like to use them as toppings with bananas for my pancakes. This also stretches maple syrup which has gone up in price due to crazy weather this past spring. I had become accustomed to always putting berries in with my batter, but now I find that cleaning the pan is so much easier if there aren’t those little blue spots of skin or juice that often would stick. This makes dinner even more of a breeze when clean-up is minimized!
Here is my go-to recipe I learned from Grandma:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
dash of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 cup of milk (this can vary a bit – you want the batter to be pourable from your ladle)
2 tablespoons butter melted and cooled
extra butter for your skillet or neutral oil for your skillet
fruit toppings and/or maple syrup
1. Mix your dry ingredients (You can do this days or weeks ahead of time and store it just like “Bisquick”).
2. Beat eggs, add milk and your butter that has cooled (but still pourable)
3. Stir liquid into dry and add more milk if necessary. A few lumps in the batter are fine.
4. Heat skillet over medium heat and add a little butter/oil. When water droplets skip on the surface of the skillet, the batter is ready to ladle. Flip pancakes after about 3 minutes when the surface has bubbles and the bottoms are golden. The second side only needs a minute or two to finish. The heat may require a bit of adjustment. Usually my first few pancakes need a little higher heat and then I can turn it down slightly.
5. Put your oven on warm and store pancakes in there until you’ve used your batter. This way everyone can sit down and enjoy warm yumminess together 🙂