Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pancake Perfection

Don't mess with perfection, right? But something always compels me to try.

Pancakes are one of those foods that are delicious in their simplicity. Perfect rounds of fluffy cakes, spongy and adaptable to myriad toppings.

And, after playing around with various additions, I have hit upon the perfect pancake recipe, even if I say so myself. I started with the basic recipe I gleaned from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and added a few things. Aside from flour, I add in ground flax seed, some oatmeal, yogurt and buttermilk, and mashed fruit such as bananas. My favorite combos are banana cakes topped with blueberry compote, or apple pancakes with struesel topping.

I love this recipe because it still leaves room for creative improvement. What's your favorite pancake addition or topping?

Perfect Pancakes


1.5 cups flour (1.25 cups white flour and .25 cups other whole grain)
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 small handful quick cooking oats
1 tsp spices such as cinnamon, mixed with pinch nutmeg and cardamon

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (or other flavor)
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (depending on how thick you like pancakes)
3 tbsp oil or melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup mashed fruit OR chopped fresh fruit, such as apple or berries

To cook:

Preheat skillet or grill over medium-low heat
Mix dry ingredients.
Mix wet ingredients.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Add chopped fruit.

Melt butter on griddle or skillet and pour batter into skillet to cook.
Flip cakes when small bubbles form around edge and bottom is golden brown. Serve hot with syrup. Yum!!


Lo said...

Those really do look perfect! Could be the dollop of whipped cream on top, but it's also probably that you've hit upon a great combination of flavors. Intrigued by the fruit puree -- bet that ups the flavor quotient quite a bit!

redmenace said...

I am a pancake anytime of day gal. I love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!

TMI Mama said...

Sounds wonderful!
I like to make sweet potato pancakes with buckwheat flour and w.w. pastry flour. That way I get the kids to eat what they normally would not!

Otehlia said...

Sweet potato I haven't tried, but pumpkin waffles are a favorite. I figure if it's homemade, with some fruit and good stuff in it, I'm doing better than a lot of people.

Leslie said...

Mmm...paaancakes. Yours looks delicious and healthy with the added oats and flax. Nice flavor combo too! My favorite pancakes have pureed beets in it with a little cocoa powder which I like to call "red velvet pancakes".

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