Pancakes are a breakfast staple. Many people love them. Aside from the maple syrup and butter, you can eat them with fruits, scrambled or sunny side up eggs, plus a cup of coffee, tea, or a tall glass of fruit juice. Wouldn’t that complete your morning meal?
A Brief History
According to historians, pancakes existed since the Stone Age, over 30,000 years ago. Ancient Greek poets wrote about pancakes in their poems. Even Shakespeare mentioned pancakes in many of his plays.
Back in the day, though, this food item had various names, which include hoe cakes, johnnycakes, buckwheats, flapjacks, griddle cakes, and Indian cakes. It was not until the 15th century that the term ‘pancake’ was used, and became more popular in the 19th century, particularly in America.
Now, pancakes have different versions all over the world. You can use a store-bought pancake mix or you can also make your own mix at home using a few ingredients that you can easily substitute to make your breakfast treat more nutritious.
Is It Fine to Use Store-Bought Pancake Mix?
Yes, it is. But in case you forgot to buy some, you can always utilize a homemade mix. It’s all about the ratio and, of course, how you cook your pancake.
Are you ready to make fluffy pancakes? Follow this:Print
These fluffy pancakes slathered in butter and syrup makes every morning more exciting. Add some eggs or a bowl of mixed fruits on the side, a hot drink, and you’d have a winner breakfast!
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup of milk
1 large egg
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Using a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, and shortening/melted butter. Stir into the dry ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
- Ladle 1/4 cupfuls of the mixture and pour into a hot, greased skillet on medium heat.
- Make sure that both sides are brown.
- Serve hot.
When you see bubbles forming on top of the pancakes, that’s a signal to turn them over. It is best to serve when they are still hot, enough to melt the butter.
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: American
How to Ensure Fluffy Pancakes
When you overmix the pancake batter, your pancakes won’t get fluffy. Therefore, it is important that you are gentle when mixing the wet and dry ingredients. Once the mixture is smooth, stop stirring. Give it about 5 minutes to rest before scooping onto the griddle.
A little secret: mayonnaise!
Yes, adding a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise into the batter will help achieve soft and fluffy pancakes. Why? Because the vinegar in the mayonnaise reacts with baking soda, which gives the batter a lift. Try it!
It is highly recommended, though, that you utilize a mild-tasting brand of mayonnaise so it won’t overwhelm the taste of your pancakes.
Pancakes are exceptional. Contrary to the beliefs of some people, this breakfast meal is healthy as long as you utilize better ingredients. Like what we have said, you are free to substitute the ingredients. Instead of regular all-purpose flour, go for whole-wheat flour.
You can also increase the nutritional value by eating organic eggs and nutrient-dense fruits with your morning pancakes.