Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Homemade Pancakes


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Pancakes, pancakes, we love pancakes! There is SO much I want to do with this post, but all the possibilities are just overwhelming, so I thought I'd just keep this one simple and just post my favorite favorite pancake recipe.

I've tried many over the years after I decided to make a concerted effort to stop using mixes and start making them from scratch. Some were too dry, some just didn't taste very good. Here's what I finally ended up with - both wholesome, moist AND delicious. I almost always end up making this mostly organic with the ingredients I typically have on-hand.

I started from this recipe I found online: About.com's Basic Dairy-free Pancakes and added my own special touches. I actually found the original recipe in preparation for a visit from family in which one of the members was allergic to dairy. The realllly cool thing about this recipe is that yes, you can make it dairy-free! Or not! Totally up to you. :)

Homemade Pancakes
by happyvballgirl from My Epicurean Adventures
adapted from: About.com's Basic Dairy-free Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened milk*
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cooking oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 Tbsp wheat germ

* You can use whole/skim/buttermilk or your favorite dairy-free milks such as coconut/soy/almond milk. I've tried them all (except the almond milk due to the girls' nut allergies) and they've all turned out fabulously! I daresay that the coconut milk variation was one of my faves, but I don't typically have it on-hand.

Updated 6/24/12: Just wanted to add that you can feel free to omit the ground flax seed and/or wheat germ. It will make the pancakes even more moist and fluffy. I always try to sneak them into whatever I can for their added nutrition. :)

Directions:
I make this often enough that I get kinda lazy about it, so I try to dirty up as few bowls as possible. Here's how I combine the ingredients (which goes against the pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients notion):
  1. Pre-heat a lightly oiled skillet or griddle over medium-low/medium heat (I hover closer to medium-low on my gas range).
  2. In a two-cup pyrex measuring cup or larger, add the butter and microwave it until melted. 
  3. Whisk in each egg, noting the total liquid measurement on the cup thus far.
  4. Pour 1 cup of milk into the eggs and butter mixture and whisk in the vanilla and cooking oil. 
  5. Whisk in the dry ingredients one-by-one until combined. Batter should still have some lumps.
  6. Pour desired amount/shape of mix into pan, flipping when bubbles begin to form on the surface of the pancakes and the edges begin rise. Cook the other side of pancakes until golden brown.
  7. Keep the pancakes warm either on a plate under a towel or in the oven set to 200 degrees F.
  8. Serve w/ with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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And because I use this recipe SO much, it hold a prominent (and most convenient) place in my kitchen. :)


What I decided not to include in this post was the many yummmmmy variations you can make w/ this in addition to the fun stuff you can do with pancakes. I'll just save them for another time, so be sure to check back! :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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18 comments:

srpprcrftr said...

I'll have to buy a few ingredients we don't normally buy but if the pancakes are good it will be worth it. We eat pancakes quite often, love em but we use a mix from Family $ which we love most.
Glad you posted this as we've been wanting to make our own mix to have on hand. Sometimes we just don't have $2 for the box of mix.
Like all the 5 week months we're having living on SS. With the prices of everything continuing to climb it gets harder all the time. We get a "cola" but that only brings us up to maybe 3 yrs. before level of being able to afford things.
So many people think it's easy to live on SS but it gets harder all the time. Not everybody has a pension coming in besides their Ss.
Have a great week.

happyvballgirl said...

So sorry to hear that times have been tough of you. Hope they do get easier for you soon. And just wanted to let you know that you could always omit the flax seed and/or wheat germ which would most likely leave you with a list of ingredients you already have on-hand. I just like to add them in for a nutrition boost - esp since my girls love to eat pancakes all the time. :) Good luck!

Alison P. said...

My son would only eat the frozen pancakes from the store for a long time. I finally got him to eat the pancake mix which I made in a big batch and froze so that I could pull out a few here and there. I just ran out and the other one that I found used powdered milk which I don't have. This seems like a really good one to mix up easily with stuff that I have one hand. Thanks for the idea! I am super excited to try them soon. I found you through Frugal By Choice Homemade Mondays :)

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi these pancakes look so good and healthy! Thanks I have it pinned. I saw it on tasty tuesdays.
Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Nothing beats a classic pancake for breakfast - your recipe looks great, I am going to have to try it. Pinning this right now! Also, you have inspired me to try making pancakes with coconut milk, that sounds great. :) Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays, can't wait to see what you link up next week!

Micupoftea~ said...

Pancakes...love 'em. Thanks for haring the recipe :)

Morgaine Ford-Workman said...

I will have to give this recipe for pancakes a try, as my hubs LOVES pancakes, but I've never made them with this combo. ;)
Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
P.S. I would also like to invite you to join my June Totally Tuesday Link Party:
http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
Hugs!

happyvballgirl said...

I sure hope he likes them too! :) And I'd love to join your linky on Tuesday. See you then and thanks so much for stopping by (and for the invite, too!) :)

happyvballgirl said...

My pleasure! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much for hosting, stopping by and pinning! Hope you like them! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to pin! Hope you like 'em too, Julie!

happyvballgirl said...

It took a while to hone in on a recipe that I liked the taste of AND was moist enough, so I hope you like them too! THanks so much for stopping by Alison! :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Yum! I always try to throw some ground flax seed in too! :)

Thanks for linking up to the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. We hope you join us again this Sunday!

HungryLittleGirl said...

Your pancakes look perfect!
Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see what you share next week :)

anyonita green said...

Ultimate in comfort food! :) Your pancakes look picture perfect, too! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

happyvballgirl said...

haha! Yeah, it's like a game on how much healthy stuff I can sneak into their foods w/o them noticing! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Jutta! Pancakes are so fun to make. especially the smaller ones. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Comfort food indeed! :) Thanks for the kind words and stopping by Anyonita! You KNOW i'll be by for your party this week! :)