Plain Pancakes

22 Mar 2012

Plain Pancakes

I know, we all want to see the fanciest, most elaborate form of pancakes out there, but for once, I just want a plain, generic, here you go kind of pancake (like the typical comedian doing a parody of a trip to starbucks. Too many types of coffee. Can't even get a plain cup of coffee anymore) Well, If you want the Plain Jane pancake, le voila!

And honestly, you cannot go wrong with this pancake. Actually. I make these pancakes every Saturday morning, and they have never turned out less than perfect. (Tasting. They sometimes form funky shapes. Sometimes too big, sometimes too small, but always delicious.) It uses my favorite baking technique: souring your own milk. It makes everything so nice and fluffy, it's just great! I think it's because I never have sour milk on hand. My dad's mom is Danish, and apparently in Denmark, no one is lactose intolerant. Everyone there drinks milk. My dad actually grew up drinking buttermilk which I found really weird, but he loves it. I'm not such a fan of buttermilk, so I have never bought it. Souring my own milk is the closest I will get to buttermilk I think. Maybe on a special occasion, I'll buy a little carton of buttermilk. You know, to see what all the hype is about.

What you'll need:

-3/4 cup milk
-2 tablespoons white vinegar
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons white sugar
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 egg
-2 tablespoons butter, melted
+cooking spray


    1.   In a medium bowl, combine the milk and the vinegar, and let stand for at least 5 minutes to "sour"
    2.   In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into the "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, and whisk it together until the batter is smooth.
    3.   Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, and flip when bubbles are covering the surface of the pancake. Flip and cook the other side until it is golden.

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  1. This is a great basic pancake to add anything you want to in it!

  2. It's so true, sometimes you just want a plain, no frills pancake! these look great!

  3. i never buy buttermilk, but i use it at work--sometimes it does make a difference, but not with pancakes. i like your simple, straightforward recipe!

  4. Thanks for dropping in my space!
    U have a lovely blog!

  5. Sometimes going back to the basic traditional kind of pancakes is the best. It's the same with cookies - I make fancy schmancy ones but in the end, nothing beats chocolate chip cookies.

    I haven't made traditional pancakes in a while so I will definitely be trying out your go-to pancake recipe.

  6. Plain pancakes are the way to go - you have endless options for toppings! My favorite? Blueberries and powdered sugar...yummy. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I'm enjoying reading yours.

  7. I love pancakes. These look absolutely mouthwatering!

    If you ever figure out the buttermilk hype, definitely let us know. We've never splurged on it either :)


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