Shortcuts! We all are all looking for a fast way to make breakfast, because no matter what day it is we have other places to be besides the kitchen. Pancake mixes purchased in the store are one way to take a shortcut to a full breakfast, but these are not always as nutritious, and tasty as we would like. Another way to have a full breakfast with eggs, pancakes and bacon is to have a pre-prepared mix waiting in the cupboard. A homemade mix makes for a better, fresher taste that will appeal to everyone in the family, or when entertaining friends in the morning.
When to Make a Pancake Mix
The beauty of creating a pancake mix on your own is that you don’t need to do this on the morning you expect to make a big breakfast. You can have the dry portion of the ingredients for the mix in a closed jar or sealed cooking bag waiting for the moment you need it. Some smart cooks even label a jar or sealed bag with the ingredients to add to the mix along with other instructions for an easier time in the kitchen when you want to make your pancakes. If properly sealed this can be stored for several months. This allows the cook more time to make a larger breakfast, or to add a few special touches to pancake breakfast or supper.
The Dry Ingredients:
The following ingredients are for up to nine pancakes total.
1 Cup Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt
These can be measured, store and waiting for when you want to make your super pancake breakfast or supper.
The amazing part of making pancakes for homemade mix is these will taste so much fresher than those made from a box that’s sitting in a store for a long period of time. Family and friends who have only had “just add water” pancakes will be amazed at the difference in taste.
You Will Need:
¾ cup of milk
2 Tablespoons of margarine melted
When you are ready to make your big pancake breakfast pull out your sealed cooking bag or jar with the dry mixed ingredients.
Beat the egg until it’s fluffy, and then add the milk and the melted margarine. Mix these with a spoon. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix these well. You can use a blender on low, a whisk, or if you have a strong wrist just stir quickly with a fork. You want these ingredients to be mixed together well.
Fry Pan or Griddle
A griddle makes the pancakes a very simple breakfast item to make, but you can produce excellent cakes from a frying pan too. You will need to heat either the pan or griddle, and rub a layer of butter at the bottom. This is a light coating as you don’t want to let the butter “glob” or collect in the middle. To test to see if the pan or griddle is hot enough drop a few small water droplets on the surface. If these drops break up and “dance” into smaller droplets you know the pan is hot enough.
Pouring isn’t tough if you use a measuring cup. Pour ¼ cup of the batter into the pan and tip it to spread it flat. If you are using a griddle just tip it a bit, and it should spread out. Don’t flip the pancake until you see bubbles form in the surface.
Adding the Extras
Since you have the shortcut of the mixture being ready beforehand you might want to move beyond the basic pancake. Naturally, after making the pancake you can add fruit, crème, or special syrups for a special taste or a holiday treat, but it’s also possible to make a little more than standard pancake. Summer flavors such as mango, strawberry, or melon can be placed on the plate alongside on stacked between the cakes. Holiday flavors such as cranberry, cinnamon, or nutmeg are easy to find in specialty syrups.
It’s best not to go too overboard with adding flavors. Many guests enjoy selecting a syrup, or adding just the amount of fruit, butter or crème topping that’s just right for them.
Adding More to the Mix
You can make specialty cakes by simply adding to the initial dry mix. For example for a little added bonus to pancakes you can add a ½ cup of oatmeal. This gives the pancake a different familiar breakfast tasty, and a firmer texture.
In making pancakes from scratch it is fun to experiment and try new tastes you would never find in a store bought mix. With a little practice many at home cooks develop their own unique favorite recipes that families and friends look forward to as a special treat.