Monday, October 8, 2012

Perfect Pancakes -Sunday cooking

Sunday mornings usually start with something special for breakfast at our house.  It was cool and crisp Sunday morning and I managed to drag myself out of bed BEFORE my husband so I actually had the kitchen to myself ha-ha.  I started some bacon knowing that would probably bring him stumbling into the kitchen pretty quickly.

I also discovered I didn't have any flour, so that meant no biscuits, pancakes, muffins...  Hmmm... we couldn't have just bacon and bread...  no way! 

BUT then..... I remembered that I had made some homemade pancake mix the last time I made pancakes. Boing!  Boy, was I glad I did that!  (I had just mixed up the dry ingredients and added them to a canning jar. I wrote the additional wet ingredients I needed for the recipe on a piece of paper and stuck it with some tape on the jar.)  Hurray, we were having pancakes after all! 

Making homemade pancake mix saved lots of steps.  It saved me having to FIND the recipe, which sometimes can be a huge endeavor if our internet service is slow and I don't want to dig through my ever growing recipe file.  It saved me having to measure the dry ingredients (as well as those dishes), and it saved ME - when I THOUGHT I was out of flour.  And you don't have to make a bunch of batches.  Just make one extra batch when you're mixing up some pancakes.  There ya go... now you have yourself some homemade pancake mix.

I made these pancakes with farm fresh eggs which I bought at the farmer's market.  They give pancakes a beautiful golden color.  I've discovered that I actually prefer mine slathered in butter, with just a side of a little peanut butter and no syrup.  But Doug had his with maple syrup that we got for Christmas last year. 

I have posted this recipe before, but it is SO WORTH posting again.  Especially if you want to mix up the dry ingredients, place that in a jar, and have your very own delicious pancake mix!  (Super gift idea also!)  Frugal and lots better for you because you know exactly what's in there.

Here's how I made PERFECT PANCAKES on Sunday AT HOME MY WAY:

• 1 1/4 cup milk
• 1 large egg
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 1/2 cups flour

Get out a medium sized bowl. Measure in the milk, egg, oil and sugar. Beat well with a fork or wire whisk. Add the salt, baking powder and flour. Stir again, mixing until the batter is smooth.  (I usually mix my dry ingredients separately so that I can mix up some homemade pancake mix.)

Cook on a hot, well oiled griddle (I use margarine or butter on my griddle) or skillet. I use about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake.   Flip when there's lots of little bubbling action going on.  Just like your old home economics teacher instructed!


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