Confession time. I seriously effed up a simple pancake recipe a couple weeks ago. I know, I know, I am the flipping Fresh Princess – it’s shameful, really. The recipe was from a bloke named Jamie Oliver and had three simple ingredients – flour, milk, and an egg. And yet. They were flatter than a Bachelor contestant’s personality. Dense and flavorless. Bad pancakes are plain old sad. So what went wrong? Well, the recipe called for self-raising flour for one thing – what the heck is that? Apparently it’s a thing in the UK. Thanks to Google, I now know that “if you’re looking to replace self–raising flour in a UK recipe then you need to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt to every cup of all-purpose flour.” I’m sticking with Ina next time, sorry Jamie. Or Mark Bittman. His Everyday Pancake recipe is just as simple and quick as Jamie’s recipe, but it has the secret ingredient… baking powder! Add whatever fruit you love, a drizz of maple syrup and your Sunday morning just went from flat to fluffy in no time.
It doesn’t get any more all-American than a stack of pancakes against a giant calendar backdrop.
From The New York Times
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more butter for cooking
- Fruit of choice, I like bananas (optional)
Mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Add in your dry ingredients and melted butter to the egg and milk mixture and mix until combined. Batter will be pretty thick and lumpy. Add more milk if you want to thin it out a bit. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Melt some butter – about a teaspoon or two in your frying pan. Ladle in your batter and top with fruit if desired, cook for about 2-4 minutes a side until golden brown. Keep pancakes warm in a 200 degree oven. Top with maple syrup and fresh banana slices.
Behind the scenes.
Happy New Year everyone! How’s that hangover doing?! Sorry, I’ll keep my voice down. After you brew some coffee and swallow that fistful of Advil, you should really consider eating some breakfast. In college, Sunday mornings (and by mornings I obviously mean 1pm) were a time of self reflection, regret and carb loading. French toast sticks, grilled cheese, bagels, pizza, anything extremely carby usually put some zing back into my lifeless body. But, breakfast foods were really the winning ticket to not feeling like death the rest of the day. Hash brown potatoes, pancakes and scrambled eggs. Food of the Gods, really. Cooking the eggs slowly over low heat makes them so exceptionally diner-licious, the crispy, oniony potatoes are insanely addicting, and fluffy pancakes drizzled with real maple syrup round out this decadent blue plate special.
Hash Brown Potatoes
1/2 lb fingerling potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
salt and pepper
2 green onions chopped
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a nice big frying pan. Add potatoes and onions and sprinkle with plenty of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Let the potatoes and onions cook for at least 5 minutes before flipping with your spatula. Occasionally toss potatoes. These will cook in about 20 minutes. I added more salt to taste as the taters were cooking. Potatoes tend to need a lot of seasoning. Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving.
Low and Slow Scrambled Eggs
salt and pepper
Spray frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Whisk your eggs up and add a good amount of salt and pepper. Pour into the pan and lower heat. Gently fold eggs over with spatula until your comfortable with their doneness.
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
Mix all ingredients together. Heat frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add about 1/4 cup of pancake batter for each pancake. Cook for about 3 minutes until batter begins to bubble on top. Feel free to add any fruit you like on top like blueberries, banana slices, strawberries, chocolate chips (fine, not a fruit but so delicious). Flip and cook for another minute or so until brown. You can keep the pancakes warm in a 200 degree oven on a cookie sheet until your full breakfast is ready!