Sunday, October 31, 2010

Perfect Pancakes

Growing up, I never cared much for pancakes.  I think that might have had something to do with the fact that the only kind of pancakes I ever had came from a box of Bisquick.  No offense to my mom (or anyone else who prefers boxed pancake mixes), but I think these homemade pancakes taste way better than ones from a box (and are nearly just as easy to throw together as any coming from a "Mr. Hungry Jack" or "Aunt Jemima").  They're light and fluffy with a hint of sweetness from the vanilla.  And should I mention again how easy they are (I bet you have all the ingredients just sitting in your pantry right now!)???  In fact, this recipe is even simple enough for a weekday.  Or, you can do like we do (because we rarely have our act together on days we need to be out of the house early) and make a double batch on the weekend and then microwave the leftovers right out of the fridge (or freezer). You will rarely see a four year old as happy as when he can have pancakes just about any morning he wants!).  

Perfect Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
butter for greasing the griddle

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (or on a piece of waxed paper--it saves dishes and you can pull up the sides to "funnel" into the wet ingredients later).  In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, oil and vanilla.  Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir with a wire whisk just enough to combine thoroughly.  Heat a griddle over medium high heat.  When hot, quickly run a stick of butter over the surface to grease the griddle (just enough butter to coat the surface). Pour approximately 1/4 cup-fulls of batter onto griddle.  Allow to cook for about 2 minutes or until edges become dry and bubbles are formed on top of pancake.  Flip and allow to brown on the other side.  Serve hot with warm maple syrup.


  1. I agree with you. Homemade pancakes taste better. Anything homemade tastes way better. ;)

  2. Oh Lauren- I LOVE your blog!! I'm making your perfect pancakes right now, and I'm excited to try your other seminary-student-pocket-friendly recipes this fall when we have our apartment!
    Amber Baker

  3. Thanks, Amber! I'm so glad you like my blog and the pocket-friendly recipes! : ) Very happy for you and your upcoming wedding--you will make for a beautiful bride!!!

  4. Thanks, Lauren!! The wedding was great, but actually being married is so much better!
    (I needed to add "Lauren's Perfect Pancakes" to my recipe box and just saw your response! :-P) You're in my recipe box now!