Breakfast! I love a good breakfast! I love the smell of a breakfast that lingers in the kitchen most of the day. When I was a kid, my dad would make pancakes on Saturday morning most weeks and it was always something I looked forward to. Since making pancakes always seemed like a “Dad” thing to do, it was something I picked up on.
Note that this is not a recipe post. There are plenty of pancake recipes out there (I use the one on the back of the Bisquick box). Think of this as more of a how-to article.
Let’s get started! Mix up the batter as directed by the recipe you chose. The batter consistency should be like thin mud and a little lumpy, so don’t over-mix. Pre-heat a skillet (I use an electric skillet) to medium heat. Once the skillet is fully pre-heated, spray with Pam. Pour one small test pancake onto the skillet. (I don’t know why, but the first pancake never seems to cook properly, so this test pancake is also preparation for the subsequent cakes). You can use this initial pancake to practice your pancake flipping skillz (see below). Discard test pancake when done.
Now it’s time for the real deal. Pour batter for your first batch of pancakes onto the skillet. The number of pancakes in each batch will depend on the size of your skillet. Don’t overcrowd the flapjacks, it will make it more difficult to flip them.
The size of your pancakes is up to you. I like mine about 6 inches in diameter, although I make little silver dollar pancakes for my daughter. Experimentation is the key here.
Watch the pancakes carefully; little bubble craters will form on top of the pancakes. Once these little craters show up and seem to “set”, it’s time to flip. Carefully slide a spatula under the pancakes, lift and flip it back over onto the skillet. This will take a little practice, especially if you have several flapjacks on the skillet in close quarters.
Remember that pancakes take only a few minutes to cook. About a minute after flipping, carefully check the underside of the cake, once it’s a golden color, it is done. Remove from skillet and repeat for next batch.
If your pancakes start sticking, you may need to add some more non-stick cooking spray.
After several weekends of making pancake breakfasts for your family, you will become a pancake pro as you perfect your batter and flipping skills. Try some of the variations below to switch it up a little.
Cut blueberries in half, but do not add them to the batter. Instead, add them by hand to the pancakes immediately AFTER pouring batter on the skillet. This will ensure even blueberry distribution in each pancake.
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Cut milk by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup applesauce and some cinnamon. Note the not-so exact measurement of cinnamon. I just tried this one weekend and didn’t measure it out. Just add some.
Fry up some bacon, crumble and add to the pancakes the same way that it is described above to add blueberries to pancakes.
Now go and enjoy Saturday morning breakfast with your family!
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