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Friday, 1 May 2015

Easy Fruit Pancakes with Sophia and Uncle Carl

Nothing like good old-fashioned pancakes to start the day.  These traditional pancakes are a perfect recipe for cooks of all ages.
The secret to great pancakes is not over mixing the batter. Remove frozen fruit from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes. Sophia carefully adds the semi-frozen berries (as you see below) to each pancake as it cooks. Adding the fruit to the pancake batter can work but the frozen berries melt very quickly and can turn the batter red or blue.
I have adapted this time-test recipe (no sugar necessary) borrowed from Joy of Cooking (Rombauer, Irma, 1983) and has been used by our family for many year.

be patient, don't flip more than once
Uncle Carl and Sophia making breakfast
Guess who's the boss?

Yield: 10 pancakes (using a 1/3 cup measure)


1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 cup milk (room temp. is best)

coconut oil or butter for greasing the skillet

Shift dry ingredients together with a wire mesh strainer in a bowl.
Whisk the eggs, milk and melted butter together in a larger mixing bowl.
Add dry ingredients to the milk mixture and combine (not whipping) until flour disappears but the batter is still lumpy.
Use a 1/3 cup measure to scoop batter out of the mixing bowl onto the greased, pre-heated skillet. This will give you 10 perfect pancakes.
Serve hot with lots of butter and your favorite syrup. Fresh berries and whip cream also make for a more decadent breakfast.

Miriam's Time Saving Cooking Tips 

  • Don't over beat the batter or the gluten from the flour will develop and the pancakes will be tough not light and fluffy. A few small lumps in the batter is ok. 
  • Always pre-heat the skillet on medium high heat first while you are in the final stages of mixing the liquid into the dry.
  • grease with coconut oil or butter. Melt coconut oil on the skillet and take a clean paper towel and remove the excess while greasing the entire pan. Keep this paper towel to re-grease the skillet.
  • Avoid heating the pan on high as the pancakes with burn the minute they hit the pan and the middle will be raw. Preheating the pan also allows for the pancakes to cook evenly so the finished product is gold brown on the entire surface (see pic below).
  • Be patient while cooking...DO NOT FLIP pancake until the bubbles have formed and they start to only need to turn a properly cooked pancake once.

pre heating the pan allows the pancake to cook evenly 

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