This has a staple in our house for at least a couple of years (before that we had bacon Sundays…..).  It’s loosely based on Mark Bittman’s recipe. Also, warning, the only things I actually measure of the flours and baking powder, so my other measurements are really guesses— it’s okay to ballpark!

The best part of doing this every week is the seasonal variations.  Gives me something to look forward too. (For instance, today was pear after a long time– yay for fall coming).

Ingredients (for two servings):

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (preferably “white whole wheat” or “whole wheat pastry flour” if you can find it.  This has a milder taste)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of table salt
  • about 2 teaspoons sugar
  • one egg
  • about 1 teaspoon canola oil (or neutral vegetable oil) plus some for the pan
  • Up to a cup, probably less of milk; I use 2% and I would probably add more oil if I was using “skinnier” milk

Instructions:

1.  Pre-heat non-stick pan or griddle (preferable well seasoned cast iron) on medium heat.

2. Mix together dry ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add egg and oil; mix.  Then add milk until the batter is the consistency of thick liquid (I’m guessing about 1/2 to 1 cup of milk but it really seems to vary). It’s okay to have a small amount of lumps. I cannot get myself to find a consistent measurement of milk.

3. Lightly oil the pan- I use a spatula/turner to spread the oil around. I use a small ladle to ladle about 1/4 cup of batter pan an then sort of spread it around to the desired pancake size.  (I put one puddle on the right side and one puddle on the left so I do two at a time). Flip when you have bubbles on the top and the batter isn’t runny looking– cooked surface should be a tan color once flipped.  Usually cooking other side takes less time as the first side (take a peak underneath to know when that is done).  The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a few minutes- and might take less time as your pan gets warmer, so it’s important to watch your pancakes and not just go by a timer.

Trouble shooting tips: if your outsides are burnt but inside underdone: heat level is too high. Batter also might be too thick.  If it’s sticking to the pan too much or too delicate or taking forever to cook, heat leave might be too low or might be too runny (use milk/flour to adjust for consistency)

4. Plate your cooked pancakes and continue cooking and flipping process until you’re out of batter!  Usually this makes about 6-8 medium size pancakes.

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Now for the fun stuff…

Toppings:

1.  Butter (I like Kerry-gold spreadable), just a little

2. Maple Syrup.  Please try real maple syrup; it’s super expensive but a lot less is needed (and tolerated to be honest, it’s a very strong taste).  It’s so yummy and addicting.

3. Strawberries: cut the stems off and thickly slice the fruit.  If they aren’t that sweet, sprinkle a little sugar and let sit a few minutes.

4. Ripe peaches: sliced in wedges

5. Apple:  Cover and simmer cored cubed apple with 1/2 cinnamon stick, 1-2 cloves, dash of canola oil, and about 1 tsp of brown sugar. Yum.

6. Pears (pictured):  Cover and simmer cored cubed pear with one cardamom pod, one clove and 1/2 cinnamon stick, dash of oil, and about 1 tsp of brown sugar. This can cook fast so watch it (or it’ll be mushy)

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Variations:

1. Buttermilk:  replace half the milk with buttermilk.  Results will be very fluffy. (aka Midas pancakes)

2.  Blueberry (pictured):  add a handful um maybe 1/4 to 1/3 cup of washed and mostly dried blueberries to the batter.  Warning hard to spread batter so results might be dense. Oh so good. Warm burst of purple goodness.

3.  PUMPKIN!!!: The reason to look forward to fall. Add a big dash of ground cinnamon, and a small pinch of ground nutmeg and if you have it a small pinch of ground allspice to the dry ingredients.  Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pureed unsweetened pumpkin (from a can or from your own doing), before you add the milk.

4.  Banana:  Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup smashed very ripe banana to mixture before you add the milk.

Bonus picture of Midas:

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(was trying to get a picture of the hummingbirds, can’t do, but got a picture of Midas watching them!)