Saturday, February 13, 2010

Easy Homeade Pancakes

1 C. Flour
2 T. White sugar
2 t. Baking powder
1/2 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla extract
1/2 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Orange juice
1 Egg (beaten)
1 C. Milk
3 T. Butter (melted) OR 2 T. vegetable oil

  • Heat lightly oiled griddle or frying pan to medium/high heat
  • In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture; add milk, egg, and oil; mix until smooth
  • Pour 1/4 C. of mixture per pancake onto heated griddle, brown on both sides, turn only once
As with any pancakes, you can add any additives or toppings you may want! I prefer the traditional approach to toppings - 1 C. syrup + 1 T. butter melted and mixed together on stove or in microwave. Also, as you can see this recipe makes only a small amount of batter; it is easily doubled or tripled to accommodate many hungry people. Oh, and if you want to be really clever, see below for instructions on how to have way more fun making pancakes . . . . . .

1 - 4 Plastic "ketchup" bottles (the kind you would see in a diner type restaurant)

  • Cut the tip on the lid of the bottle to be a little wider than usual; cut the tips at different lengths to create a variety of widths
  • After making your pancake batter, pour into the bottles
  • Get to work making fun shapes or even spelling your name with the batter as you squirt it onto the heated griddle!
  • Turn just like a normal pancake
This idea is one I can attribute to Mrs. Elaine Justice of Searcy, Arkansas who used to do this trick for me and her daughter, Alison, when we were littler girls than we are now!

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