A fluffy, warm, delicious stack of fresh, home-made pancakes… is there anything better on a beautiful Sunday morning? Whether you’re a professional chef, an aspiring cook, or even if cooking is not your strongest suit, these pancakes are so easy to make even a child could do it. No fancy or exotic ingredients necessary; in fact, you probably already have the basics in your pantry. So let’s get cooking!
Basic pancake batter
In a large bowl, sift 1 ½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 large eggs, 1 cup of milk or buttermilk, and ¼ cups of melted butter. Preheat your pan over medium-high heat. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Do not over-whisk as the batter will lose airiness. Scoop a ladle of batter onto the pan and only flip the pancake once you see bubbles form. Flip the pancake, cook the other side for a few minutes, and there you have it – perfectly fluffy pancakes.
Best ingredients to put inside
These tangy berries have always been a favorite addition to any sweet treat, and pancakes are no exception. Another fantastic way to take that berry flavor to another level is to make a berry sauce and drizzle it over your blueberry pancakes. All you need to do is blitz some berries in a blender and add a little water and sugar. Drizzle the berry sauce over your pancakes, top it off with some fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Add some chocolate chips to your batter to give you that richness. You can use milk, dark, or white chocolate chips. You could also whip up a quick chocolate sauce: pour 2 tablespoons of milk or cream in a microwavable bowl and heat it up for 30 seconds. Then add ¼ cup of chocolate chips to the milk and stir, and there you have it, the simplest and quickest chocolate sauce. Drizzle some of that warm velvety sauce over your pancakes and enjoy!
Pancakes and maple syrup go together like a hand to a glove. Not only is it delicious as a topping, but it can also be incorporated into the pancake itself. Honey can be a great substitute as well. Simply add a tablespoon of it into your batter and your pancakes will have that extra sweet, earthy flavor of maple syrup with every bite. If you’re feeling a little daring, you could make yourself a cheeky maple syrup sauce. Put some syrup in a small bowl, add a few drops of bourbon, whiskey or brandy, and mix, and you have yourself a sauce with a twist.
If you enjoy citrus flavors, grate some orange zest, add it to your batter with a tablespoon of orange juice too, and you’ll get that orange flavor right through your pancakes. You could even cut up a few orange segments into smaller pieces and add them to some whipped cream to serve with the pancakes to add an extra burst of citrus flavor.
If you love these, you might even want to make double the amount so you can have some left-overs and snack on them throughout the day. Lunch and dinner are overrated anyway… Bring on the pancakes!