What is the cheapest way to feed a lot of people for little to no money? Pancakes!
Pancakes are one of the favorite recipes of many. People love having it for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. Be it any time of the day, you can have pancakes.
They are instant energy providers. The best part about making pancakes is that one can modify the ingredients according to one’s own preferences.
Many have doubts about how to make the perfect pancake. Pancake making is no rocket science provided you know what the exact procedure is. In this piece of information, the art of making pancakes is given step by step.
For those who do not have the time to make the pancake batter at home, then you can buy the batter that is readily available in the shops.
What do you need to make a pancake?
We will be using an outdoor griddle to make these pancakes, which is my favorite technique to make A LOT of pancakes. We are dividing the list of ingredients into dry and wet ingredients.
1 to 1 ½ cups of All Purpose Flour-for the diet conscious people, a mix of the right proportions of wheat and All-Purpose Flour would do well.
3 to 3 1’/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder (to make the pancakes much softer and fluffy). If you feel that the baking powder is not good for you, you can avoid that.
2-3 tablespoons of Sugar-Powdered Sugar should be used. For the fitness freaks, using brown sugar is the best option. Make sure to powder the sugar well before you use it, there should not be any huge, rough pieces of sugar in it.
Salt-Use a pinch of salt. This enhances the batter froth as well as combines with the sugar to give it a unique taste.
Milk-One can use any form of milk. For the vegans, almond milk can also be used. For the fitness freaks, low-fat milk is the best option. The others can prefer full-fat milk or whole milk.
1-2 blocks of Butter. The amount of butter can vary with the number of pancakes you want to make. For the vegans, melted coconut oil is a great option.
1 Egg. This egg adds the texture to the pancakes and gives you the softest pancakes. Make sure to add the egg. However, the vegans can omit this option.
Few drops of Vanilla Extract- Add few drops of vanilla extract in order to infuse the vanilla flavor or one can even use almond extract. If you want the pancake to be healthier, then you can replace these with peanut butter. This gives you the natural flavor of the pancake as well as it is a healthy option.
How to make these yummy pancakes?
Follow these steps dutifully to get some of the best tasting pancakes.
Mix separately and blend together
This is a serious step you need to always follow in order to get the best pancakes. Never put all the ingredients at a stretch in a bowl and mix it. Mix the items mentioned under the dry ingredients separately and the items mentioned under the wet ingredients separately. This is done to make sure that the items blend together well and there are no lumps that are formed in the dish. Add the separately mixed ingredients together in a bowl and start whisking it. Add in water little by little and use a blender in order to blend the ingredients well. Keep the batter ready.
Using an outdoor griddle to make these delicacies
Heat the pan or a griddle over a medium heat. We found some amazing griddle recipes on griddlechef, which is a blog dedicated to cooking with griddles.
A friend of the family had a large outdoor griddle that we decided to use, which can be used to make many pancakes at once. The pan can be used when you do not have to make many pancakes. Once the pan is heated, sprinkle few drops of water. If the water splutters, then it is an indication that the pan is well heated.
Always make sure to keep the pan or griddle over medium heat. When the pans are heated too much, then they do not cook the pancakes properly instead they burn the flour once they are poured into the pan.
If you like it thin, use a small flat ladle and if you like it thick, use a large hollow ladle
Before you pour the batter, use a brush to apply a layer of butter or vegetable oil on to the pan. This makes sure that the batter does not stick to the pan. Do not take a huge ladle of flour, use a medium sized one. Some like the pancakes thin, some like it thick.
Use the right ladle accordingly. If you are going to add in some Choco nibs or any other flavor after pouring in the mixture, make sure that the pancake is thick. It is the same case with the pouring in of the batter by mixing the extra ingredients in the bowl itself. These pancakes do not need any syrup to serve it as they come in with in-built flavor. If you are making your pancakes thin, then you need to serve them with syrup.
Flip only when fully cooked
After you pour in the batter, wait for about 2-3 minutes. The air bubbles on the pancakes should burst and the pancake should no longer be too moist. If it is moist, wait for another minute. When these signals show up, flip the pancake. After flipped, you might not know if the other side is properly cooked or not. The subsiding of the steam coming from the pancake is an indication that the pancake has been cooked properly.
Now, your pancakes are ready to serve.
We are using berry syrup and more them generously over each pancake and stack them together. This makes a great dish. Serve it alongside some soft butter. One could also use honey in the same style to serve. If you want it healthier, then prefer fruit syrup. For the fitness freaks, using maple syrup is the best option. Slice some strawberries or blueberries and place them on these pancakes.
So, now you have mastered the art of making the best pancakes. It is now time to head to the kitchen and impress your family and friends with your exceptional pancake making skills. This recipe also comes handy for those who have not even tried making pancakes before.