How to Make Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast foods in the world.  They are so popular that many countries have their own varieties.  The most popular versions are the basic pancake that everyone is familiar with and crepes.  A crepe is just a very thin pancake that is cooked on both sides and rolled up and eaten.  In the United Kingdom, pancakes are made with plain flour so they don’t rise at all.  They look flat and are very white in appearance. The American version of the pancake is made with a rising ingredient to make them look fluffier and brown when cooked.

Pancakes can be made as plain, flat pieces of bread or you can add any number of ingredients to them.  Some people add strawberry syrup, blueberry syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream, apple syrup, powdered sugar and apricots or peaches.  Pancakes are so versatile with any kind of sweet ingredient that you can add almost any kind of fruit and they will taste good.  The most popular way to eat pancakes is with maple syrup and butter.  Many people spread butter on the pancakes and then pour syrup over them.  Of course, the best maple syrup to use is real maple syrup because it doesn’t have added sugar and it is all natural.

Easy Pancake Recipe

Serves 2

Here are the ingredients you will need for this easy pancake recipe:

Step 1:

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Make sure to mix it thoroughly with a fork or whisk as you want the mixture to be even.  In another mixing bowl, add the two beaten eggs with the milk and vegetable oil making sure that the mixture is thoroughly mixed as well.

Step 2:

Once the eggs and milk and vegetable oil are mixed well, add them to the dry ingredients and mix them with a fork or whisk for about 1 to 2 minutes. The mixture should appear to be a little bit lumpy when you are done.

Step 3:

Heat up your griddle or metal skillet to medium heat.  Put a tablespoon of butter onto the griddle or skillet so that the pancakes don’t stick.  Once a drop of water sizzles when dropped onto the griddle or skillet, it is ready for the pancakes.  Pour enough batter onto the heated surface so that the pancake is about 4 inches across.  They can be bigger if desired but 4 inches is the easiest to cook.

Step 4:

How to Make Pancakes

How to Make Pancakes

Once the top of the pancake begins to bubble, it is time to flip it. The underside should be a nice golden brown and the pancake should easily hold its shape. After the pancake is flipped, you can simply press down on the pancake to tell if it is done. If the pancake returns to its shape when pressed, it is done. However, if the pancake remains flat when pressed, it needs to be cooked for a little bit longer.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Serves 4

In order to make chocolate chip pancakes you’ll need these ingredients:

Step 1:

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Make sure that it is very well mixed with a fork or wire whisk.  Make a hole in the middle and add the milk. Continue to mix.  Add the vanilla, oil and 2 eggs and make sure that it is mixed until it is relatively thick.  Just as with regular pancakes, the mixture should appear to be slightly lumpy.

Step 2:

Heat your griddle or frying pan to medium and put a tablespoon of butter on it. When the griddle or frying pan is hot, add some of the batter.  Add enough to make a pancake 4 inches across.  After you pour the batter, sprinkle some chocolate chips on it.  Once the pancakes start to turn golden brown underneath it is time to flip it.  When both sides are golden brown the pancake is done.  Repeat this process until you have the desired amount of pancakes.

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