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Here is the land of pancakes.  Pancakes in many forms have been in my life from and early age.  From my mother’s egg pancakes, that were really crepes, to those I developed for my hungry bunch of teenagers, pancakes were a staple and still are whenever I get the chance.  From the Basic recipe to Whole Wheat to crepes, this is where the goodness lives.  All are versatile, easy to make and delicious!

First up is the Basic Pancake Recipe.  Leave out the vanilla for a more savory pancake.  For fluffy pancakes with an extra tangy flavor, use the buttermilk.

  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1  tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of milk or buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or cooking oil

Instructions:                                                                                                                                                                             Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together.  In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk together.  With the whisk, make a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly add the wet ingredients while whisking or beating with an electric hand mixer, (I like to use a hand mixer).  Scrape the bowl as needed and beat until the mixture is almost smooth.  A few lumps are fine!  Add the vanilla and melted butter or oil and blend in.  Rest the batter for ten minutes.  This allows all the ingredients to hydrate and get happy in the bowl.  While the batter is resting, heat a griddle over medium high heat and give it a generous shot of cooking spray.  Using a scoop or small ladle, pour three or four pancakes onto the pan.  Cook until the bubbles around the edges have popped and seem dry, about two minutes.  Flip carefully and cook for another two or three minutes, or until the pancakes are puffy and the underside is golden brown.  Adjust heat during cooking to prevent burning or under cooking the pancakes.  Serve while piping hot with your favorite toppings.  I like butter and maple syrup.

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