There has been a lot of pancake talk on this blog, but there is a reason. They are practical. Pancakes are fast, made from pantry staples, and make for an excellent base for any number of toppings, sweet and savory. Below is the go-to recipe from Complicated Vegetarian, an excellent baker and expert Punter.
Besides being light and fluffy, these pancakes are packed with nutritional power. But beyond the practical, pancakes taste good, and they are communal. It’s not really possible to make just one. And while you’re making them, you might as well make a lot and invite people over.
Stealthy Pancakes Recipe
This batter is very flexible, and CV typically makes 1/3 plain, 1/3 blueberry, 1/3 blueberry and chocolate chip. Shockingly, the chocolate-infused ones disappear first. Remember, with pancakes, you can test and alter the batter as you go.
This is recipes is doubled, typically made in a stand mixer (but you can use a hand mixer or your arms just as well. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer, reheat in the oven covered in foil. Thanks to Complicated Vegetarian for the recipe, and for making them for Team Practical Cook on many a Saturday morning.
Mix the wet:
2 cups buttermilk (or soured milk) or 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup milk (extra mixing of wet = fluffier cakes)
1/4 cup oil (can use canola, walnut, etc.) (sub half applesauce)
Mix the dry (separate bowl):
2 Tablespoons sugar (or sub honey or omit)
2 cups flour (white whole wheat + almond meal from TJ’s)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
up to 2 Tablespoon flax seed meal, optional
pinch of salt, optional
can add 1 whole bag of blueberries (wild organic from TJ’s)
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix until just combined. Let sit for a minute while you heat your pan/griddle. Cook on greased griddle (350 degrees) or frying pan, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
Enjoy with lemon curd, molasses, or maple syrup. Move quickly, or they will be eaten out from under you.
Coming up tomorrow, a change of pace with Three of My Least Favorite Things. Yes, that’s right, the Practical Cook admits to the things she does not enjoy eating and how to work around it in the kitchen.
What’s your favorite thing to eat with pancakes? Post a comment or email practical cook at gmail dot com.