Fluffy Pancakes (and three tips for perfect flapjacks)

When I was in college, I spent a lot of time with one family in particular–I babysat their kids, did laundry at their house, and enjoyed any and all of their invitations to join them for meals and avoid the cafeteria.

This family, they are pancake game-changers. They didn’t just serve pancakes and syrup, it was pancakes, syrup, peanut butter, nutella, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, sprinkles…..and more! A pancake smorgasbord. If it was your birthday, you would probably even get your name spelled in pancake!

This weekend, we had friends visiting. One of these friends neglected to mention it was his birthday on the very day he was visiting. When I found out, I glared, and got to work on these pancakes. I must confess, our toppings list didn’t compare with the list above, and I didn’t spell his name in pancake batter. But the pancakes were the perfect amount of fluffy, the company was lovely, and this blueberry compote is to die for.

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Fluffy Pancakes

Serves 4. Based on this recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbs. vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 Tbs. white sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

1. Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl, and set aside for 5 minutes while it sours. This is a good thing!

2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

3. Whisk eggs and melted butter into the milk. Add dry ingredients to the wet, and whisk until the lumps are gone.

4. Cook up your pancakes! On a stove, you want medium high heat. On a griddle, turn it to 350 degrees. Spray with cooking spray.

20150207_085834Three cooking tips to elevate you to Rockstar Pancake Chef status:

  • Your cooking surface is up to temperature when you sprinkle water on it and it sizzles.
  • You know your pancakes are ready to flip the first time when the top surface has bubbles in the middle.
  • Your pancakes are done when you press lightly on the middle of the pancake and it bounces back. If it doesn’t bounce back, you know it’s still doughy in the middle.

5. Serve with as many toppings as you can find. Syrup, fruits, nut butters, and whipped cream are all great options. Try this easy blueberry compote–you won’t be sorry.

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