While digging the history of pancake I came to know the pancake has come a long way, probably from the era of stone age! There are numerous explanations which talk about why it is named as pancake. However, I like the one which says as it is a cake (ingredients are similar or you can say almost same) cooked in a pan so it is called pancake.
Being born in an Indian family, we never grew up eating pancakes. In those days making cake at home used to be a big deal in a suburban town. And my mom prepares the best Vanilla cake in pressure cooker. As I grew up and started reading more books and watched cookery shows (we did not have easy access to internets at that point of time) I came to know about this beautiful dish. However, I never experimented it in my kitchen. I think I prepared it first only when my toddler daughter requested it after watching famous Peppa Pig Show (where the Daddy Pig’s pancake gets stuck on the ceiling). The making of pancake is really easy but I did not succeed on the first attempt. But after going through various recipes and few trial & error methods helped me to get this no-fail recipe of pancake.
I regularly post our daughter’s snack box and lunch box stories in my blog’s FB handle and Instagram. Recently when I packed pancake (I did it earlier too), my friends and readers asked the recipe of the same. It is then I realized blog does not have the recipe of pancake. Here I am sharing how to prepare easy pancake from scratch. In future, I will also share varieties of pancake recipes including chocolate pancake, blueberry pancakes, oats pancakes and more.
Flour: Normally, all purpose flour is used to prepare classic pancakes. However, in recent days people also use whole wheat flour or sometimes all purpose flour and wheat flour both are used in 1:1 ratio. Gluten free flours especially buckwheat flour also replaces the all purpose flour.
Sugar: Granulated white sugar is used in the pancake mixture. You can adjust the sweetness according to your taste buds.
Egg: Egg is also helpful in making the pancake soft and fluffy. Most importantly it adds structure to the pancake.
Baking Powder: Baking powder gives you light and fluffy pancakes.
Salt: Little amount of salt helps to balance the sweetness of the pancake and give a nice flavour to it.
Milk: You can use either low fat milk or whole milk or skimmed milk. Milk is a most important ingredient which helps to prepare the batter.
Melted Butter: You can use either salted or unsalted butter while preparing pancake. In case you are using salted butter, reduce the amount of salt (mentioned in the ingredients) to balance it.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds a sweet aroma and taste to the pancake. You can use flavour of your choice.
Easy Pancake Recipe
All purpose flour (Maida) – 11/2 cup
Sugar – 1 or 2 tablespoon
Egg – 1 large
Butter – 3 tablespoon, melted
Baking Powder – 21/2 to 3 teaspoon
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
Milk -11/4 cup
1. Take flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and mix them well.
2. Now beat egg in a separated bowl and next slowly add the milk, 1 tablespoon of melted butter and vanilla extract into the mixture. Mix well.
3. Combine dry and wet ingredients to make a smooth batter. Batter there should not have any lump.
4. When the smooth batter is ready, grease a non-stick pan with melted butter and add a ladle full of batter and cook until the bubble appears on the top and edges are bit dry and the bottom is golden brown. At this point flip the pancake and cook the other side.
5. Similarly, make pancakes using remaining batter and drizzle honey or maple syrup on top and serve.
Tips for making fluffy Pancakes from scratch
1. The first and most important tip is avoid overmixing the batter. Overmixing does not result a light and fluffy pancakes. Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Take the wet ingredients in another bowl and mix well. However when you add both of them together you should lightly mix them and there could be small lumps present in the batter.
2. I have seen most people are in curry to flip the pancake. Wait until the bubbles appear on the top and edges are bit dry. At this time you can flip and cook the other side.
3. Do not flip the pancakes repeatedly. You have to flip the pancake only one time once the other side is cooked well.
4. Normally, in many recipes you would see they refer to add the butter in the batter. However, I prefer to add only a tablespoon in the batter and remaining I use to grease the skillet which gives a nice colour to my pancake.
How do I serve pancake?
You can serve your pancake with desired toppings. Here I am sharing some suggestions to serve pancake:
- Mostly people prefer pancakes topped with syrup. Maple syrup is the popular one. Instead of using syrup, you can also add honey.
- Add some freshly chopped fruits like banana, berries on your pancake.
- If you have fruit compotes in your pantry, do top your pancake with fruit compotes.
- You can also top your pancake with chocolate shavings, chocochips or chocolate syrup.
- Nuts are another option to top your pancakes.
- Also, if nothing works for you, you can dust some icing sugar on top however, not a healthy option though.
Yes. Obviously you can replace all purpose flour and used whole wheat flour in this pancake recipe. However, the texture won’t be same in both. Whole wheat pancake will appear more dense in nature.
Can I make eggless pancake?
Yes. You can make eggless pancake. I will share the recipe soon, keep following my page.
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Till then signing off!! Have a great year ahead…