Sunday, April 01, 2012

Old Fashioned Pancakes


Sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice
My friend came over yesterday morning and I decided to make these pancakes. The recipe comes from the Joy of Cooking, a classic cookbook by Rombauer and an essential in everyone's kitchen. I used to eat these as a special treat growing up and they are still my favourite pancakes. The funny thing is, I remember these taking forever to make!  When I saw the recipe again yesterday, it seemed so simple and quick. I think the part that I used to dread was sifting the flour, as a kid it seemed to take ages. I guess it's one of those things that appeared endless, such as walking "all the way" to the park with your best friend..just a few blocks away.

At any rate, it didn't take long and hit the spot. I just had some more now as the recipe makes a fair bit. I make them really small and put chocolate chips in them. I also serve them with sugar and lemon but any  usual -or unusual- topping would work. They are also good plain.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk ( I put about 2 cups to make the batter thinner)
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted (I only put 2 because it was all i had!) 

chocolate chips (optional)- I just put 1 or 2 in each pancake
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot. You can tell when they are ready to flip because they have bubbles all over.

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