I know this may be unpopular opinions, but I don’t love pancakes. I find them too sweet and too heavy. I rarely order them when we go out for brunch, choosing to eat eggs or something savoury.
Pancakes have been around for many centuries, and every country has some type of pancake or crepe with different ingredients and fillings. Growing up Roman Catholic, the day before Ash Wednesday was known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day and they were always served at school. Why pancakes? Ingredients derived from animal products like milk, butter, and eggs were forbidden for consumption during Lent, and to prevent said ingredients from going to waste, pancakes were made and consumed on the day before Ash Wednesday.
I wasn't a big fan of them then, and still not my favourite type of pancake today. However, they are very popular in my house. What’s your opinion on pancakes? Let me know!
2 cups all-purpose | plain flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups full-fat milk
1/4 cup butter melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract - I make my own
1 large egg
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla and egg and whisk together using a wire whisk. The batter should be thick and creamy, and a few lumps are okay. Set the batter aside for at least 15 minutes.
Heat your nonstick pan over low-medium heat, melt some butter to grease the pan lightly. Pour a ladle full of batter onto the pan and spread out gently. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancake, it’s time to flip. When both sides are golden brown, your pancake is done.
Serve with maple syrup, honey or preserves.