Monday, April 17, 2017

The Only Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Need

Dinner: corn and scallion pancakes drizzled with Sriracha sauce. Served with tuna salad from leftover baked tuna steak.
Tonight's pancakes were made from my simplest pancake recipe, which is very flexible. This recipe works for either sweet or savory pancakes, using ingredients that I usually have on hand. I've posted a more complicated corn pancake recipe before: link. But this is easier!

On the griddle, side one.
On the griddle, side two. Food experts say my pancakes would look
smoother if I didn't butter the no-stick surface of the griddle.
But everything tastes better with butter, including pancakes, doesn't it?

The Only Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Need

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole grain flour (buckwheat, cornmeal, oatmeal, whole wheat flour...)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 to 4 tablespoons sugar, depending on your taste and the other ingredients you choose
2 to 4 tablespoons oil or melted butter
1 cup milk, yogurt, or kefir
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Up to 1 cup of fruit or vegetables -- see *ADD ONS below
For savory pancakes add a dash of hot sauce if you like

Stir dry ingredients together. Add liquids all at once or one by one, whatever is convenient. Batter will be fairly thin. Heat griddle until very hot, and melt some butter on it because butter makes the pancakes taste better. Drop around 3 to 4 tablespoons batter onto buttered griddle for each pancake.

Recipe makes around 12 thin pancakes. Amounts can easily be scaled up for more people. Two of us can nearly finish the 12 pancakes.

* ADD ONS --
  • For savory pancakes use your choice of one or more of these: chopped onion, scallions, bell peppers, hot peppers, corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned), or similar vegetables. 
  • For sweet pancakes add your choice of grated apple, blueberries, dried apricots, raisins, nuts, or similar fruits. I haven't tried chocolate chips but they'd probably work too. 
Recommended: serve the sweet pancakes with maple syrup or your favorite sweet pancake topping. Serve the savory pancakes with salsa or hot sauce.


Jeanie said...

These look really, really tasty. Apart from latkes, we never eat savory pancakes. I'm not sure I ever thought of it. Looks SO GOOD!

Beth F said...

So great to have a reliable pancake base. I love pancakes -- sweet or savory.

Jackie McGuinness said...

I never think to make pancakes for dinner!

And why don't I use my griddle instead of a pan????

Claudia said...

Those do look yummy. Now I want to make some dinner pancakes, maybe with grated potatoes, onion and a bit of chili.

Vicki said...

I love pancakes but haven't made them in a long time. My son just bought me a new griddle, so I might make some soon.

Carole said...

I'll have to give this a go. Thanks, Mae! Cheers from cArole's chatter

The Candid Cover said...

I am a huge fan of breakfast for dinner and I make waffles quite a bit. I have never considered making a savoury pancake before and you have opened up a whole new door for me! I can't wait to try this. :)

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I'm going to pin this recipe for sure.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I'm going to pin this recipe for sure.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I should make pancakes more--these look quite tasty! ;-)