We have been working to perfect our pancake recipe for a couple of years now. We make adjustments each time we make the pancakes.
We have had a tasty recipe but had trouble getting the cakes to fluff up as much as we wanted them to. We have added more baking powder and less and added and taken away baking soda...we have changed the egg ratio and made adjustments to the flour...we have even found a secret in adding Sprite or 7-Up as part of the liquids to fluff them a bit....
But...we still could not get a FLUFFY pancake. Or at least as risen and fluffy as we desire...until today...
Bailey typically prepares the batch of pancakes on her own. Today she wanted to mentor her sisters a bit in the process so she was kind of teaching them a bit helping them measure and such. Darcy and I sat nearby enjoying warm milk and hot coffee.
I knew that instead of the 15 minutes it would take me to whip up a batch or even the 30 minutes that it takes Bailey to make cakes for breakfast....it would surely become at least an hour project for us. We lost only one glass bowl in the process due to slippery butter fingers (literally, she had butter on her fingers). ;0)
Once the batter was ready and the griddle was heating, I went over to peer into the bowl to see how it looked. Batter seemed too thick. I reviewed the recipe with Bailey. I watched her measure a cup of milk but I did not see her add the additional 1/4 cup. We talked the recipe through and found that only that 1/4 cup milk was left out. I suggested that we not add the additional milk but see how the cakes turned out. She was hesitant as she has spent the last year really learning to cook and to bake and she often will get discouraged with her mistakes. I encouraged her saying that they would taste just fine, it would only be the consistency that would be affected. I suggested that they may turn out more fluffy with the thicker batter. She was willing....
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I wish I had a picture. The were so fluffy and quite tasty. They did not make lovely round cakes as the batter was thick and not really pourable...more "plop-able". ;0)
We finally perfected our pancake! There was cheering at the breakfast table this morning and further scribbling on the recipe card.
It is a regular handwriting assignment for Bailey to complete a recipe card. She has started her own recipe box of those recipes that she wants to keep in her hope chest (that we do not yet have) to take with her to her own home. I think she and her children will treasure reading and preparing recipes written in the crooked strokes of a little girl. :0)
~~~The Klause's Perfect Pancakes
1 1/2 cup flour
3 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add all liquids. Mix until smooth.
This makes a small batch. Perhaps 12-14 4-inch cakes..
Sometimes we will triple or quadruple the recipe and cook the cakes and then freeze the rest for later. You can put them into the toaster from the freezer but we prefer to set them into the fridge or out on the counter to thaw some and then reheat in the oven, microwave or toaster.
Let us know if you give our recipe and whirl and what your family thinks. :0)
posted by Mrs. Klause
April 21, 2010