Pancakes
eugene: 
 
here's one i've been using for years. works every 
time. since it demands that the batter sit for a few 
minutes, it may not meet your "quick" criteria, but 
they are worth the wait. 
 
for about 6 pancakes 
 
1 cup  of flour
1 Tbsp  of sugar
1 tsp  of salt
4 tsp  of baking powder: dont overdo the baking
  powder or the bottom of the pancake will burn before
  the insides set.
1 cup  milk (plus two tablespoons):its just as good
  with skim milk.
1 large  egg
1 Tbsp  vegetable oil
  vegetable oil for cooking
 
mix together the dry ingredients 
whisk together, in another bowl, the wet 
stuff. 
mix the dry ingredients into the wet 
ingredients with a fork. dont beat, just mix the 
ingredients together. the batter should be slightly 
lumpy. if its too dry closer to dough than 
batter add milk a tablespoon at a time to thin it. 
let stand for about 30 minutes or so until 
bubbles form on the surface of the batter. in the 
meantime, heat up the griddle or fry pan; warm the 
syrup and make sure the butter is soft. 
make sure everyones seated then liberally coat 
the griddle or fry pan with vegetable oil. if it 
smokes, its too hot. crank back the heat and wait a 
few seconds. 
 
stir the batter lightly: it should be thick but 
still be batter. drop a teaspoon of batter in the oil 
to test. if it balls up quickly and sizzles in the 
oil, you're ready. 
pour about a third of a cup of batter onto 
the griddle or fry pan. when bubbles form on the top 
of the pancake and a few of them break and stay open 
(about four minutes), its time to think about turning 
them over. lift one up and peek under. if its golden 
brown, turn them all over. let them cook for another 
three minutes or so, then remove. (if you're not 
sure, make a small cut in the center of one of the 
pancakes. if you see uncooked batter, its not done.) 
 
serve immediately, smallest kids first. 
if you're making several batches of pancakes, they 
will keep between towels on a warm plate in a warm 
oven, but they will deflate some. 
 
this recipe is one of several in my book, you said a 
mouthful: great recipes and the stories they evoke. 
visit www.recipestories.com for more details on the 
book and how to order it. 
 
brian cummings 
 
 
 
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(ID: 8620) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Sun, Feb 29, 2004


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