February 17, 2010

National Pancake Day, Are You Ready?

Well we're only days away from National Pancake Day (at least according to IHOP), February 23rd. It's true, and I've been preparing for the day. I'm no pancake fiend, I just wanted to offer you guys some of my favorite recipes so you too can celebrate. Ohhh come on, I know I'm not the only one who celebrates food holidays (seriously...you do too, right??). So I figured I'll get us started with a basic pancake mix that you can make big-batch style so it's ready when you are. That's right, your very own pancake mix, say good-bye to Bisquick because this is sooo simple (and much tastier seeing as how it won't be sitting on a grocer's shelf for a year...or so).

I found a recipe that worked great for me, took it and multiplied it by a kajillion. You can store the mix in an airtight container for a super long time in the fridge. When you're ready for some yummy pancakes all you have to do is measure out to a single batch and you're good to go, it's that easy!
A little sneaky peeky into some lemon poppy seed pancakes...I'm such a teaser!
Ok so there's not much to it, now get flipping. And I want to see what all of you are making come National Pancake morning (I'm not kidding, don't disappoint me).

Basic Pancake Mix
8 C all purpose flour
1 C sugar
3 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp salt

Whisk all of the ingredients together to evenly distribute. Place in a large airtight container and store until ready to use (I have stored it at room temp, but I suggest storing a larger batch in the refrigerator to preserve freshness).

When you're ready to cook:

Combine 2 cups pancake mix with 1 1/2 cups milk, 3 eggs and 3 Tbsp melted butter (Optional - I often leave the butter out, but it's nice once in a while). I also usually add 1 tsp vanilla extract, but that's just what I like so it too is optional.

Grease and heat large skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray or butter. When the skillet is hot enough add 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Flip when bubbles appear at the top (about 2-3 minutes) and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and repeat until golden brown on the other side.

NOTES: Only flip each pancake once. The second side will cook in half the time the first side cooked, so keep an eye on it. And of course, this is just a basic recipe - experiment away and enjoy!

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