Thursday, August 5, 2010

American Pancakes

'' Tea time treat or a breakfast idea served with maple syrup or fruit of your choice with whip cream''



The Wets
1.5 cups (350ml) buttermilk/ 1 cup whole milk ( coz milk is thinner than butter milk)
1 egg or (I egg + 1 york)
3 Tablespoons (50g) melted butter - use microwave
2 Teaspoons (10ml) Vanilla (add 1 more for kids!)

The Drys
1 cup (125g) white flour
3 Tbsp (40g) sugar
1/2 tsp (3g) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2g) baking powder (if baking soda is not available, just use 1tsp baking powder)
1/2 tsp (4g) salt


Put the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls. Whisk each one lightly. Add roughly half of the dry mix into the wet and whisk smooth, not too long. Add the remainder of the dry mix and barely whisk together. Make sure all of the flour is mixed in. You don't want to beat this too much as it strengthens the gluten in the flour and makes the pancakes tougher. If possible, let the batter rest for a few minutes to allow the baking soda and baking powder to perform their magic. This will make for airier pancakes.

Drop a 1/4 cup scoop of batter onto the pan. You might need to spread it around just a bit if the batter is extra thick. You should hear a *slight* sizzle when you pour the batter; if it sizzles loudly, or worse, big bubbles form as you pour, the heat is way too high, turn it down.

The most important point is to cook these pancakes slowly. Too fast and you'll burn them, or worse yet, you'll have pancakes with gooey liquid centers. A good rule of thumb is 90-120 seconds per side. If they burn before that, your pan is still too hot. If things are at the right temperature, you'll know it is time to flip, without timing, by the small bubbles forming at the top of the pancake. When it is covered in small holes, the edge of pancake will start to look dry. This is the time to flip.

It is a good idea to get good at 'peeking' under the edge of the pancake with the flipper. This gives you a good idea of how quickly the bottom is browning. Still a bit yellow? Keep it on for a few more seconds. Browning too fast? Flip it and turn down the heat.

When the pancakes are done Serve with Whip Cream, FRESH FRUITS like strawberries.

They are good on their own too.

But Serve warm!!! :)


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