Pancakes are a favorite breakfast treat and something I love more than eating them is making them.
There is no better feeling than waking up to a house full of sweet pancake aromas on a bright morning,it gets exciting if that morning happens to be a February valentine’s morning.
I love my pancakes fat,fluffy,soft and airy.Now that’s a good pancake fit for a king.
Don’t get me wrong,I love crepes .There is nothing amazing as paper thin crepes stuffed with fresh fruits and Nutella,but if you are going to serve me pancakes make them pancakes and not a confused lost crepe that has no idea whether it’s a pancake or not.
These pancakes are surprisingly easy and simple to make with ingredients that can be found in our pantries with ease.
The secret to fluffy pancakes is in first before anything,sifting your floor.
Sifted flour makes a huge difference in the pancakes and baking in general as it makes it easier to mix with other ingredients and will help in making your batter airy and fluffy.
I used normal white flour for my pancakes.I occasionally go for self raising flour when making my pancakes but of late I have been liking how they turn out with me adding in the raising agents to the ratios I prefer.
Self raising floor is usually unpredictable and not all react the same.Freshness when it comes to baking soda/powder matters as it loses its potency after 8-9 months.
It doesn’t take lots of ingredients to bring these pancakes together.Eggs,flour,salt,sugar,baking powder,baking soda,butter,vanilla and milk.
Always start by mixing your dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.
The butter should be melted but not hot.This is to avoid the hot butter cooking the eggs.
Then mix your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix briefly fold in the flour into the milk mixture.
Over mixing pancake batter will lead to you losing air from your pancake batter thus resulting to dense chewy pancakes,this is as a result in the toughening of gluten.
Letting your batter rest for a few allows the starch in the batter to expand and this will make our pancakes airier and fluffier.
A good quality non stick pan is key in achieving the perfect pancake.A perfectly seasoned cast iron pan does the trick as well and I went with the latter for this recipe.
The type of pan you are using will change the appearance and texture of pancakes as not all distribute temperature equally.
I used a measuring cup and poured just over 1/4 cup of butter into my gas iron pan.
Remember the trick about not over mixing,that means sometimes you’re batter might have lumps and streaks of flour,this is totally normal don’t fuss about it.
Temperature is key when making this pancakes.You want the insides cooked nice and fluffy while the outside is caramelized and golden.
Too much heat and you end up with bitter burnt pancakes,too low and you will be serving chewy dense pancakes.
Lightly grease your pan over medium low heat and pour in your pancake butter.
When the top side forms bubbles it’s time to flip.
If the pan is too hot and you suspect the batter might burn before thoroughly cooking through?…..
As soon as the first bubbles appear on the pancake take it off the heat for a minute and let it cook from the residual heat before flipping
Cook the underside till golden brown and take off the heat.
A non stick pan ensures you don’t use more than enough amounts of oil when cooking the pancakes.Nobody wants oily soggy pancakes for breakfast.
Surprise your loved one with these delicious fluffy pancakes for breakfast this Valentines morning and why not every other morning.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- combine all your dry ingredients in flour,salt,sugar,baking powder and mixing well until evenly distributed and combined.
- Separately whisk in your eggs,butter,vanilla and milk.
- pour in the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together until everything is folded together and no dry ingredients are visible.Do not over mix the batter.Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
- Heat a non stick pan over medium low heat and lightly grease the pan with butter or oil.Pour in your pancake batter approximately just over a quarter of a cup,this is mainly for even cooking bad sizes.Cooking varies depending on the size of your pan or how big you want your pancake.
- Pour in the batter and cook patiently until the underside is golden brown and there are bubbles forming on the surface.Then it’s time to flip and cook the other side till golden brown as well.
- Take off the heat and serve warm topped with fruit,syrup or both.However you fancy your breakfast you have earned it.
if using a nonstick pan don’t use too much oil as this will burn and crisp the outside before the inside cooks and the pancake will turn out greasy and soggy.
Men,never underestimate the power of making her pancakes in the morning.They love it!
Happy Valentines lovely people.