Old Fashioned Pancakes
Old fashioned pancakes brings back memories of Sunday mornings growing up in my little house. Sometimes my mom would make them for a lunch or supper, as well. I do the same thing. When they ask what’s for supper, I answer “breakfast!”. It is always a hit.
Hot off the Griddle
This recipe is super easy. My youngest daughter, Juanita, is actually the one that taught me how to make them. I was still a bit clutzy in the kitchen and her daddy had taught her as a little one how to make them perfect.
The trick to this recipe is simply to have your cooking surface hot. I mean HOT! Even if you have to put the temp on high for a few then turn it down to medium-high,. This will ensure that the pancakes won’t stick. I have had it where it sticks even on a non-stick surface (I think that goes along with there ain’t no such thing as 5-minute grits).
First, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. The reason you mix it dry first is because you do NOT want the salt or the baking powder to settle in one area of the batter. YUCK! Put the eggs, milk and butter in along with any of the optional ingredients you want to kick up your pancakes with.
Careful with that hot butter. If you pour it directly on the eggs, you will have scrambled eggs mixed in the batter.
Next, either spray the hot surface with cooking spray or slather it with butter. Believe it or not, the butter method is less messy. Pour or scoop about a 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot surface and wait for the bubbles to appear. It reminds me of a golf ball with all the dimples that appear on the surface. That tells you that the other side is nice and brown.
Flip that baby! For the second side, you won’t have the tell-tale sign of the bubbles. Just lift the edge of the pancake after a couple of minutes to determine if its brown enough. You are the ruler of your pancakes!
Just a Couple of Tips
Remember, don’t be afraid to make up a second batch of batter when you pour in that last pancake. They refrigerate and freeze very well.
If you want to make waffles, this recipe makes it easy. Simply add 2 tablespoons of oil to each cup of dry mix. Works like a charm.
Old Fashioned Pancakes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup butter melted
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Make a well in the center for the wet ingredients.
- Add the eggs, milk and melted butter and mix until smooth.
- Heat your frying pan or griddle on a medium high heat.
- Pour a ¼ cup of the batter onto the hot surface.
- Brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter, syrup or jam.