Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lies and Deceit

Try it! Almost any pancake recipe you look at will tell you that the first pancake will be the "sacrificial lamb" of sorts. And anyone that has made pancakes knows that usually the first one doesn't come out right. According to the food experts, the first pancake just can't come out right.

BOLDERDASH!!!!

I made pancakes this morning that were DELISH! And guess what? No sacrificial lamb. The first pancake was just as fluffy, and perfectly cooked as the last. I even took a picture of it to show you how good it looked!

Anyone that would dare through that pancake away needs to be locked away and have the key thrown out. that's a good pancake right there!!!


Simple Pancakes
(adapted from Pancakes I at Allrecipes.com)

1 cup of flour
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

The ingredients aren't what's important to make these pancakes, the procedure is. So follow it! You can adjust the flavorings to your taste. If you like more or less sugar, that's fine. Omit extracts if you'd like or sub different flavored ones. But FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE!!!

Dry Ingredients

Step 1: Measuring flour.

Don't take your one cup measuring cup and scoop out a cup of flour. This makes for a heavy batter. Rather, get a small scoop and spoon the flour into your one cup measure, making sure not to tap the flour down. What you what is light and airy. Say it with me... LIGHT and AIRY... Level the flour off with a straight edge and pour it into your sifter.

Step 2: Measure out level spoons of following dry ingredients and pour all into your sifter.

Step 3: Sift Dry ingredients into medium sized mixing bowl and set aside

Wet Ingredients

Step 1: Measure your milk in a liquid measure measuring cup. Pour into large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Separate your eggs!!!! If you don't know how to: how to separate eggs. Put the whites into a small mixing bowl. Put the yolk in with the milk.

Step 3: Add the rest of the wet ingredients to milk mixture and mix until thouroughly encorporated.

Now Preheat your nonstick skillet on medium heat!!!

MAGIC STEP

This is what's going to make your pancakes fluffy. Whipped Egg Whites

If you have a hand mixer put it on high and beat your egg whites until they form soft stiff peaks.

Now to form the batter...

Slowly pour dry mix into wet mix while stirring. Mix only until the wet mix has completely combined with the dry mix. There will be lumps and that's okay. But don't overbeat, because you will have TOUGH pancakes.

Now fold your egg whites into the batter with a wooden on rubber spatula. FOLD IN, do not mix! you want to keep the air that you just whipped into the whites.

IMMEDIATELY
Take a measuring cup (size will depend on how large you want your pancakes, but i suggest between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup) Fill with batter. Pour batter Directly into center of pan and let it spread naturally. Let it cook on one side until the bubbles start drying out and edges set. Use a spatula that is almost the same diameter as the pancake and flip. It's gana be approx a 2-3 minute cook on each side.

VOILA!

Happy Eating

~M~



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