Tuesday, December 13, 2016

When waffling won't do... pancakes to the rescue!

Andy doesn't really like pancakes. Andy REALLY doesn't like pancakes when he's cranky. When did I make pancakes? When he was really cranky. Well... Oops.

On the other hand, I love pancakes, so do my kids. Waffles are good too - but then you have to get the waffle iron out and sometimes when you have a misbehaving almost 2 year old running around, so running into the basement to get a waffle iron is just asking for said almost 2 year old to be hanging by his toes from the ceiling fan while it's spinning around. Think I'm kidding? Come over sometime...

We thought we had a pancake mix winner. We tried a few and the Aldi Baking Mix was great! But the last few times I've made them, they have been so tough and not so good. Pancakes are not so great when you can hardly swallow them. I hunted the world wide interwebs for a recipe. Found one! This one makes amazing pancakes. I added vanilla because - why wouldn't you want a little extra vanilla in your pancakes? They seemed pretty thin and runny but the pancakes turned out so soft and melt in your mouth good.

The kids loved them, I loved them. Andy? Didn't say much, but after dinner, he was a little less cranky. I'd like to think the pancakes are what made him less cranky - but we both know that is not the case. Please don't pop my bubble... it's a good bubble.

Perfect Pancakes
2 cups flour
5 tsp baking powder
4 T sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 cups milk

Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk with a fork to combine. Mix eggs, oil, and milk together until well combined. Add to dry ingredients, and mix with a fork until mostly combined, with some small lumps of flour remaining. Lightly butter the preheated griddle and pour the batter by 1/4 cup scoops onto the griddle (I always use a measuring cup so they're all the same size). Cook 3-4 minutes or until there are bubbles throughout the top of the pancakes, and the edges of the pancakes look dry. Flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or until lightly browned on the bottom. Serve warm with butter and syrup or (my favorite!) with fresh strawberry sauce. Makes 20-24 pancakes.

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