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.

Easy Blueberry Compote

Making a blueberry compote takes pancakes from here to here, if you know what I mean. Syrup is great. Peanut butter is fine. Powdered sugar is delicious. But none of it will compare to this simple compote.

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Serves 2. Multiply as needed.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbs. sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium high heat.

2. Stirring regularly, cook until desired consistency is reached, approximately 10 minutes. Serve warm on top of whatever your heart desires.

This recipe makes a great addition to ice cream, waffles, shortcake, french toast, cheesecake, and crepes.

Pancakes!

All time favorite breakfast food. Not going to lie. It’s pancakes. When our office manager asked if I’d be willing to make the new interns breakfast this morning, I was pretty sure that I’d be making pancakes. Purely and simply because I’m selfish. And I like pancakes.

I combined a few different recipes to come up with this one. It turned out pretty alright, if I do say so myself! Gather the suspects:

  • 4 Tbs. butter (the real stuff, people)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups milk

Alrighty, melt your butter and beat your eggs and dump them both in a mixing bowl. Add everything else and mix it all together.

Spray (or butter or oil) a frying pan so that the pancakes won’t stick. Let the pan sit on medium heat for a couple of minutes so that the pan warms up. Now, it’s totally up to you how much batter you want in each pancake. I use somewhere between a 1/4 and a 1/3 of a cup. If you want pancakes as big as your head, you’ll need more.

A couple of things to bear in mind:

  • When the pancake batter starts to bubble on the top, the pancake is ready to flip.
  • Don’t let the stove get to hot (medium heat is more than sufficient) as you will quickly cook the outside of the pancake, leaving it gooey on the inside. Ew.

Enjoy!

How was the first day back to work/school after the long weekend? Three more days til the next weekend…bring it!