Pancake Love

I feel like eating pancakes. Doesn’t matter what kind:
Banana Pancakes:

Or pancakes shaped like a caterpillar from a children’s book:

Or Chocolate Chip Pancakes:

Or good old Blueberry Pancakes:

Pancakes are easy to make. Since they use ingredients you usually have in your kitchen–flour, butter, eggs, etc.–there’s no need to buy special boxes of pancake mix. Just stir all the ingredients together and cook. Here’s how:

Pancake Recipe:

    1 c all-purpose flour
    1/2 c wheat flour*
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 c milk
    3 Tbs butter
    2 eggs
    1/2 tsp vanilla


* I find that putting a little bit of wheat flour in a pancake mix leads to vast improvement in flavor, plus added nutrition, without losing the fluffiness of a good pancake. If you prefer, you can use all-purpose flour instead.
Stir the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Melt the butter in the microwave or by leaving it out on the counter. In a separate bowl, combine it with the rest of the wet ingredients.
Make a well in the dry ingredients. Slowly pour in the wet ingredients and stir with a spatula or whisk until the batter reaches a soupy consistently. No lumps!
To Cook: We use spray canola oil to cook our pancakes. The secret is making sure that the heat is on medium. You want a steady source of heat, but you don’t want it to be too high.
Put the pan on the stove and wait for it to heat up, then spray it with oil.
Pour one ladle’s worth of batter onto the pan and let it spread out. In a short amount of time, you will see bubbles pop up through the batter. Once most of the pancake is starting to bubble and the batter is peeling away from the sides, flip the pancake. Wait a few seconds and then, using the spatula, lift the edge of the pancake to see if it is brown on the other side. When it is, it is done. Remove from the pan and repeat until you are out of batter.
If you get too many pancakes in a row that are burning/smoking, lower the heat.
Serve with butter and syrup or jam.
If you don’t eat all your pancakes, pop them in a freezer bag and put in the freezer so that you can pull them out later for a “fast food” breakfast.

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