We have pancakes every Sunday. It is a kind of expectation that they are fluffy, absorb rich syrup like a sponge and steaming hot. Everybody likes to see a great stack on the breakfast table, next to maple syrup (which I recommend getting from S&R) rich butter and blueberries.
Store-bought mixes are varied and available in most major supermarkets. Whenever I go to groceries I take a look at what is new, what is selling, and what I know has been losing out. Some are so good it is a wonder why the company selling it has not branched out My favorite is pancake mix from Maya Kitchens. They are rich, consistent, and downright delicious. The following recipe is an emulation of that famous brand. The batch is enough to make 32 fluffy pancakes. Leftover mix can be stored in an airtight container for convenience. Made in advance, the mix will keep for about three weeks.
For the basic mix
- 6C sifted all purpose flour
- 1tbsp baking soda
- 1tbsp baking powder
- 1tbsp salt
- 6tbsp refined sugar
Sift together all ingredients and store in an airtight container. As a variation, you could replace 2 cups flour with 2 cups Hershey’s unsweetened Cocoa powder or Vahlrona Cocoa Powder. For diabetics, 2 tablespoons of Equal sweetener instead of sugar. To add a bit of spiciness, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
When you are ready to claim domestic goddessness, do this:
- 1 1/4C Mix
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 C fresh milk or water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Combine egg, milk and oil in a bowl. Whisk together thoroughly
- Add to hotcake mix in bowl, mixing until moistened. Do not over mix. Batter must be smooth. If too thick, adjust by adding water. What you are looking for is that the batter should coat the back of the ladle completely.
- Ladle batter onto a hot griddle. Cook until top forms bubbles, then flip over. I prefer heavy cast iron griddles, as the heat is even and are non stick like teflon pans.
- Serve hot with good maple syrup and butter. Confectioner’s sugar also can be sprinkled un top to add that certain zing!
It is also fun to add sliced vienna sausages into the batter. I don’t know why, but it just works and it’s delicious! Other good additions? Cheddar cheese, Havarti Cheese, peanut butter, slices of banana, apples, raisins, the possibilities are endless!
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