Barefoot Kids

Barefoot Kids

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pancake Fridays! (with flexibility)

For the last 4 years, we've had pancakes every Friday morning (with a few exceptions, vacations, moving the day so all kids can get their pancakes in). For instance, today is Saturday but we'll be having Friday Pancakes for breakfast because Olivia was away at camp yesterday morning. Having gone through box upon box of bisquick I decided to research recipes on how to simply (and cost effectively) make my own pancakes. Lots of recipes were flops, but one stuck and worked. I've modified it and don't even remember the original, but years of making my own experimenting with ingredients has given us the perfect recipe.
1.5c unbleached flour
2T flax meal
2T sugar
2T baking powder
1t salt
Mix well together dry ingredients
1 egg beaten
1.5c milk
1T canola or olive oil
Mix wet ingredients well then pour into dry ingredients. Gently mix all ingredients, don't over mix. Your batter will be slightly lumpy and bubbly.
Over medium heat, heat skillet with a little bit of canola oil and cook pancakes. They don't need much time on each side, about 2min or so. Until golden, and edges start to dry just a little, bubble pop.
We make all kinds of variations of pancakes, using this basic recipe. We add cornmeal in place of flax and some of the flour, for corncakes. Berries for berry pancakes. Oatmeal (in place of half of the flour) for oatmeal pancakes, sprinkles, food coloring (for different colored pancakes), chocolate chips, bananas, applesauce etc. Variety is the spice of life! And we love our pancakes, served with butter and syrup or raw sugar or peanut butter with maple syrup or cinnamon and sugar or whip cream with berry sauce...the possibilities are endless!

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