Weekend mornings are meant to be easy. They are also a perfect occasion to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. And what's better than fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and fruit? Here is also a great opportunity to let your children contribute to making a delicious breakfast from scratch!
After we moved to France I became acutely aware of the lack of pancake mixes on supermarket shelves. As pancakes are definitely on our weekend breakfast list, I quickly tried several recipes from scratch. Some worked well, others resulted in flat pancakes. But, as much as I liked the idea of making our morning pancakes from scratch (and saving quite a bit of money doing that!), I also missed the convenience of having a pre-made mix to make the morning cooking process go quicker.
Then of course it dawned on me that I can make such a mix myself. After testing several recipes, this Instant Pancake Mix Recipe became my favorite one. The recipe is very easy and reliable. It is also quite adaptable to few variations, like adding some cinnamon, lemon zest. And best thing of all - having such a mix makes it possible for my children to prepare the pancakes. Actually, making the Pancake Mix itself is a fun project. It also teaches them an important lesson of how things can be made from scratch - ahead of time.
Easy Pancake Mix for Lazy Mornings
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (check expiration date first)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar (try vanilla sugar!)
Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to mix.
Preparing the pancakes
2 cups milk or buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
2 cups Pancake Mix, recipe above
Several tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil for greasing the pan
I simplified Alton Brown's recipe, still producing good results. The key is not to overmix the batter. You want to combine the wet and dry ingredients just so that they "meet", not working it into tough dough. I also let the batter sit for a while, allowing the baking powder to assimilate itself. This produces fluffier results.
First, combine eggs, milk and some oil/ butter with a whisk. To that add 2 cups of the pre-made Pancake Mix. Gently whisk it together so that it forms batter. But remember - don't over stir. This might be tough if you have an overzealous six year old with a whisk in her hand.
Once the batter is ready, either prepare a non-stick pan or a griddle with some olive oil or butter. Pour just enough to wet the pan. I use lower medium flame - which takes a little longer, but produces seriously golden and fluffy pancakes.
Add 1/3 cup of batter for a pancake. Once bubbles form on top, flip the pancake. Wait another two minutes and you're done!
We like ours with warm blueberry sauce...or just maple syrup.
Yield: 12 pancakes