When I was younger and spent weekends at my grandparents house it was not uncommon for my grandmother to make pancakes for breakfast and my cousins who lived down the street would often join us for pancake eating contests.
My grandmother would thin out the recipe to make more pancakes for us by adding more milk to the batter and would often then sprinkle our pancakes with powdered sugar. Italian grandmothers put powdered sugar on everything sweet just to make it a little sweeter.
In the photo above, I’ve included chopped walnuts as well as sliced bananas in the batter then I added a few more banana slices atop the pancakes. When in season, blueberries and raspberries also work really well and add more flavor.
Making pancakes from scratch is really easy and tastes great. Just make sure you have real butter and maple syrup to add. You can also spread jam on these and roll them up if you want to eat them on the go.
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup of margarine / butter
fresh fruit like blueberries, bananas or strawberries (optional)
Preparation: Pre heat your griddle or pan to 375-400⁰ (basically what I’m saying is this needs to be very hot). Then mix your ingredients together in a large bowl. If you use a mixer be careful that you don’t cover yourself in flour when you start mixing the ingredients. The batter should have a thin, silky consistency; no lumps. If you prefer pancakes to be heavier add less milk.
Because the batter comes together so quickly, don’t start to make the pancakes until you know the griddle is hot and you’re ready to go. These will only cook for a few minutes.
Cooking: Ladle the pancake batter on the griddle and flip when you see air bubbles forming in the batter. Depending on how hot your griddle is this will only take a couple of minutes.
Cooking tips: This batter can double for waffles. And as mentioned above, add fruit to your batter if you like. I try to set some of the fruit aside to also sprinkle atop the pancake stacks. It’s both visually appealing and tastes great.