What's your favorite pancake house pancake? Chocolate chip? Butter-pecan? Strawberry-banana? How about "plain" blueberry?
Pancakes are a wonderful launching pad for your breakfast fantasies. It's easy
to make a basic batter, then either stir in your favorite enhancements, or sprinkle
them on top as the cakes bake. We particularly love diced crystallized ginger; toasted
coconut; and chips of all flavors (cinnamon, chocolate, cappuccino...)
You may think this is a rather small recipe only 3/4 cup of flour? but it's
perfect for a couple, or several kids.
1 large egg
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar or 2 tablespoons malted milk powder
About 2/3 cup add-ins of your choice
Whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil or melted butter, and vanilla.
Whisk together the dry ingredients, and add to the liquid ingredients, whisking
briefly to combine. A few lumps are okay.
Choose your add-ins: chocolate or flavored chips, dried fruit, fresh berries,
diced apples, nuts, toasted coconut, crystallized ginger, or...? To make all
one type of pancake, simply stir the add-ins into the batter. Or divide the
batter in half, and make two types of pancakes. For a larger variety of pancakes,
leave the batter plain; you'll sprinkle on the add-ins as the pancakes cook.
Note: If you use cinnamon Flav-R-Bites, stir them into the batter, rather than
sprinkling them on top of the cooking pancakes. They need that pre-softening
in the batter to soften their crunch.
Set the batter aside to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes, while you
preheat your electric griddle to 350 degrees F. Or preheat a frying pan over
Lightly grease the griddle, and ladle on about 2 tablespoons for 2 1/2"
to 3" pancakes, or 1/4 cup for 4" to 4 1/2" pancakes. A tablespoon scoop or
muffin scoop, respectively, work well here.
If the pancakes don't spread well, due to the add-ins, simply use the back
of a spoon to spread them to the desired diameter. If you haven't stirred the
add-ins into the batter, now's the time: sprinkle the top of each pancake with
your desired chips, nuts, fruit, etc.
Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute, 15 seconds per side, or until they're
a light golden brown on both sides.
Serve the pancakes warm, with syrup or confectioners' sugar.
Yield: eight (4-inch) pancakes, or 14 smaller (3-inch) cakes