Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homemade Pancakes

Good evening everyone. I hope your weekends have been enjoyable. What's even better - there is another day! (Hooray three day weekend!) Tonight I have a impromptu blog posting - mainly because we did a little impromptu cooking! Maggie and I were relaxing on the couch - watching TV when I thought to myself. "You know what sounds good? Pancakes." Now, we don't have any pancake mix - nor were we going to run to the store to get any. However, I know that pancakes are really only flour, sugar, eggs & milk. So I decided to make up some pancakes from scratch.

The Recipe: Homemade Pancakes
Original Recipe Found In: ...My Head

What You'll Need

1 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/4 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Cooking Oil

** Pancakes may be the easiest food to practice flavor combinations with. You can add fruit, vanilla extract, baking powder (if you want fluffier pancakes) essentially anything you want to make your own variety. The ingredients above are just the 'bare necessities' (Any one else begin humming the tune from "The Jungle Book"? Just me? Oh...Ok then) What's even better is you can use any amount you want. The rule of thumb I've picked up on is, however many people you are serving - that's close to the number (quantity) of items you want. For example - since I was cooking for two - we would need 2 cups flour, 2 Tbsp of sugar (Eggs and Milk can work *In the area* so as long as you are within reason you'll be fine).

That being said - I did a little experimenting tonight as well. I found some heavy maple syrup that we've had in our cupboards for a long time. Thinking that these pancakes would taste GREAT with a little extra maple syrup baked in - I added two teaspoons. Well...making a long story short, the syrup reacted BADLY to the batter. It began clumping the flour and causing the eggs and oil to separate. No matter how much mixing I tried, it just separated more and more.

After disposing of that experiment down the garbage disposal, I tried again using only the ingredients listed above. After cooking and topping with a little butter and syrup, we had ourselves an enjoyable, simple pancakes-for-supper Sunday night.

(I'm not going in to how to cook pancakes because they are essentially fool proof. As long as you flip them before they start throwing flames - you will be fine.)



I'm interested to see what our readers have for homemade pancake recipes. Everyone seems to have one that is their old standby. Here's what we're asking - after you are done reading this post - click on the "Comments" link directly underneath the post. Add your recipe for your own favorite homemade pancakes. You don't have to sign a name or anything - you can remain perfectly anonymous. What we're looking for is all the interesting ways people make up their own pancakes. If we get enough responses - we will post the our favorite recipes on an upcoming blog. Sound good? Then have at it! :)

We're back on Tuesday (Unless we cook impromptu again) Until then



  1. I usually use pancake mix. I know - ugh. But I do jazz it up some. I add blueberries to the mix either in the bowl or toss a few on the batter as it cooks. Also, I add a little something to the mix. Here's the receipe - 2 c. mix; 1 c. milk; 1 TBS. sugar; 2 Tbs. lemon juice; 2 tsp. baking powder; 2 eggs. It makes a lot so if you're cooking for one - cut it in half.

  2. Sunday morning pancakes consist of low-fat Bisquick ( I know - not much for imagination but it works) with a little sugar, vanilla - I like to add blueberries but not all in the family are a fan. Sometimes instead of syrup a nice change of pace is fresh fruit (pureed)
    Recipe: 1 1/2 cups bisquick, 1 cup or so of milk to desired consisitancy, 1 egg, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla.
    I also make homemade maple syrup - 2 cups white sugar, 1/4 packed brown sugar, 1 cup water - bring to boil - add 1 tsp maple flavor and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Store left over syrup in frig.

  3. Buttermilk Pancakes
    2 cups sifted flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. salt
    2 eggs
    2 cups buttermilk
    2 Tblsp. melted butter
    Beat eggs and buttermilk together. Add dry ingredients and melted butter. Beat until smooth - I use an electric hand mixer. Bake at 375 to 400 degrees on electric griddle - about 2 minutes per side. Makes 12 pancakes. Top with Homemade Maple Syrup.

    Homemade Maple Syrup
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup brown sugar - loosely packed
    1 cup water
    a few drops Watkins Maple Flavoring
    Bring sugars and water to a boil. Add maple flavoring and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour over hot pancakes.

    from Marissa's Mother-In-Law