Homemade Pancakes

Homemade Pancake Recipe

Before continuing with the posts on ‘Shopping for Groceries’, I will post, as promised, the recipe I use for making pancakes. Now, being Puerto Rican, I am used to ‘American pancakes’. European pancakes tend to be flat, like crêpes, but American pancakes are thick and fluffy. I found this recipe online about a year ago after I gave up on the ‘just add milk and shake’ bottles they sell in the UK. Even the Betty Crocker ‘shake & bake’ bottles were disappointing. So, I decided, why not make them myself? And this recipe is a great one!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup All-Purpose Flour (plain flour in the UK)

3 ½ tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tbsp Sugar

1 ¼ cups milk

1 egg

3 tbsp melted butter

Steps:

– Using a fork, sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. [Personal tip: add cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg/all-spice/chocolate powder to taste]

– Make a well in the center of dry ingredients.

– Mix milk, egg and butter in a separate bowl. [Personal tip: melt the butter first, then add the egg and beat it with the butter, then add milk]

– Pour into the dry ingredients, mix until the dry ingredients dissolve. [Personal tip: don’t over-mix, otherwise the pancakes won’t rise too much]

– [Extra detail: depending on how thick/thin you like your pancakes, you may need to add a little more milk to thin the mixture. Do it in tbsp increments]

– Make pancakes! Make sure the pan is hot, then put a little bit of butter or cooking spray on it, otherwise the pancakes will stick and burn.

If you are only making the pancakes for yourself, I recommend one of two options: 1. Store left over mix in a glass jar (a washed pasta sauce jar works perfectly), or 2. make all the pancakes you can make (will take about 20 mins) and store them in a plastic container/bag in the fridge.

Pancakes go great with syrup (the cheapest bottles can be found in TESCO for just over a pound), butter, honey, cream cheese, and/or fruit. Don’t be shy, experiment with the recipe, you’ll find it’s very flexible. You won’t poison yourself, so don’t worry.

More to come soon! Cheers,

AR

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