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Pancakes with Syrup

Like most traditions, its hard to remember why, when, or how this one was established.  Somehow, over the past several months of living in our house, it has become our routine to have pancakes on Sunday morning.  In any case, its a delicious new tradition.  For quite a while, I was simply making the Betty Crocker basic pancake recipe.  Its easy and pretty much only involves ingredients we always have in the house.  However, we have received as gifts a few different pancake mixes, all of which are quite tasty.  So I will report on the different pancakes I make for Sunday Morning Pancakes.

This morning I made Robby’s Buttermilk Pancakes.  This mix was given to me for my birthday by Greg’s brother and sis-in-law.

Robby's Pancakes

Robby's Pancakes

Pancakes in general are not hard to make.  But there are certainly some tricks to achieving top quality pancakes.  I illustrated some of these points this morning.

Tip #1 – Do not overmix the batter.  Mix only until the batter comes together, don’t worry about getting all of the little lumps out.

Tip #2 – As far as oil on the griddle goes, I like to put on a very small amount, then wipe the excess off with a paper towel.  You want only a very thin layer of oil on the pan.

Tip #3 – Wait until the griddle is fully heated. I did not do this this morning, I usually don’t.  I’m terrible and impatient.  As a result, the first batch is always a little, um, off.  Fortunately, Greg always eats the first batch and I never really hear any complaints.

Tip #4 – This is closely related to tip #3.  Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes before trying to cook.  It allows it to set properly and the pancake will rise much better if you allow yourselves this extra few minutes.  Hey, wouldn’t it make sense to let the griddle heat while the batter is resting?  Yea!  Why don’t I actually try this next time!

Here are a couple photographic illustrations of why skipping steps 3 and 4 is a bad idea:

Ugly Impatient 1st Batch Pancakes

Ugly Impatient 1st Batch Pancakes

And in addition to having a wierd texture, they are hard to flip (obviously).  Contrast those to the little  lovelies I got from the second batch with a hot griddle and rested batter –

2nd Batch Pancakes

2nd Batch Pancakes

Fluffy, nicely browned, and easily flipped.  The difference is quite striking.  Let’s see next week if I’ve learned my lesson!

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