Pancakes Gone Wild
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