Pancakes are the perfect staple to any kind of breakfast. And really, there are so many options to choose from nowadays that you can simply pick blind any instant pancake mix from any counter and still get away with having a decent pancake experience. But of course, us old-timers know that it’s not just the same! You may not realize it, but there is a definite ART on how to make pancakes. And yes, we just said the “A” word!
So, why make pancakes in the first place? Isn’t the whole point of modernity to make you life a little bit easier? Well, it is often said that life tastes all the more sweeter if you worked hard to achieve something—and as it turns out, that “something” may well have been referring to pancakes!
So yes, if there is one skill in life you need to know before passing on to the next world, then it might as well be learning how to make a pancake from scratch. And really, that can be the easiest thing in the world to achieve more than making guilt-free desserts! Here’s why below!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- 1 ½ cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter (should be melted)
- Balloon whisk
- Non-stick frying pan for making pancakes, pikelets and blini
- Pastry brush or paper towel
So, here’s what you need to know first: do NOT mix all of the ingredients above together at one go. One general rule of cooking to observe is that you have to separate the “dry” ingredients from the “wet” ones first. So, with that said, mix your flour, baking powder, and salt in a “sifting” manner so as to make sure that your mix would not contain any lumps in it when you incorporate it in the batter. Just keep doing this while you mix the egg and milk on the next bowl. However, it is important to note that you don’t have to over-sift the “dry” ingredients at the get-go since this will prevent the mixture from “aerating”—in other words, just sift the ingredients enough so that the whole mixture can look “fluffy”, which will result in a very ideal pancake mix; otherwise, what you will have to end up with is a leathery-looking pancake, and that’s surely enough to ruin anyone’s breakfast!
Secondly, once you have ensured that the “dry” ingredients have been sifted to be very smooth, then that’s the time you mix the milk-and-egg-concoction on top of the former, stirring all of those ingredients in one bowl until you are confident that it has already achieved a very smooth consistency. Afterwards, you add the two teaspoons of butter to it and stir the mixture again until achieving necessary smoothness and consistency. While that can be enough for most purposes, you can actually “customize” it further by adding bits and pieces of fruit like blueberries, banana, or apple. Who says you can only get mixtures like these in the store?
So, with all of those ingredients mixed, it’s about high time you finally put them in the pan, right? Well, yes, but here’s the thing you need to remember before doing so: flour works best by EXPANDING through aeration. So, if you want to make sure that your mixture gets to be the “fluffiest” it can ever be, then you have to cover the bowl and store it in a fridge for thirty minutes before deciding to use it for cooking. Of course, that’s completely optional though, and it’s one where you don’t necessarily have to practice when you’re wanting for time!
Whether you will be using the batter immediately after mixing or after putting it on hold for thirty minutes, you will nonetheless still have to cook it using a nonstick pan. However, it is recommended that you use a pasty brush to moisten the surface of the pan with oil since it ensures that the whole of its surface will be conducive to cooking your pancake batter.
When it comes to cooking, though, you have to make sure that the fire underneath the pan is on “low fire”. With that said, once you pour the batter into the pan, see when “bubbles” form on top of the mixture before turning the pancake on the other side after three minutes; once you have flipped the pancake, wait two minutes before removing it from the pan completely.
And voila! You now have a pancake that the mothers of yesteryears will be very proud of eating! See, it IS very easy to know how to make pancakes that are good for your health! Hope you can put this recipe to good use on your home!