Monday, September 19, 2011

Best Ever Pancakes

I don't try to make it any secret that everything I do at home is homemade. Before we moved to Oklahoma City when I had an actual kitchen with an actual oven, I even went so far as to make our own hamburger  buns and pretzel buns for those times we had Black Dog Brats at home.

I like being in control of the ingredients in the food we eat. I like being in control of the quality of the ingredients of the food we eat! Not to mention everything is so much better when it is homemade. This really didn't take an extraordinary amount of extra time for me. I worked two jobs and still managed to make everything homemade. I guess the issue here is whether or not it is a priority to you and for me, it is a priority.

At any rate, I pretty much despise any form of box mix baked good. It's lazy and often times you can make it for cheaper and better! I'll admit it, my husband and I are complete and total food snobs. We just prefer to think we like and know good food.

Before I get into the pancake recipe, I have to share a good food find here in OKC, The Wedge Pizzeria. We had the pleasure of eating dinner there last night and it was pretty amazing! Of course I think any pizza that has truffle oil sprinkled over the top has got to be pretty amazing! When we pulled up they had a garden of their own, which automatically made them awesome in my book! Then I ate their food and they are completely awesome! We had a pizza called Truffle Shuffle; truffle oil, sage, crimini mushrooms, spinach, roasted chicken, Parmesan and mozzarella. We also had the Prosciutto Wrapped Pears as an appetizer; pears with goat cheese wrapped in proscciutto atop a bed of greens drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vingarette. Of course we split a cesar salad too with homemade croutons and nice, big shavings of parmesan! They have an A from me and I can't wait to go again!! 

Now, on to the pancakes!! We always had a nice breakfast on the weekend growing up in my house. It was usually a Sautrday morning tradition, my mom would get up and make us something fabulous! Often times it was pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy or eggs benedict. To this day, breakfast is still my favorite meal of the day! 

I did a little google searching and found a recipe that seemed good and of course tweeked it for myself, to get something I know we would enjoy. Without further ado, the best ever pancakes!

I like to cook my pancakes on an electric griddle, but however you like to do it. My recipe reflects a preheated electric griddle at about 325 degrees and sprayed with PAM. Other items you'll need are a mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cup, 2+ cup measuring cup to pour batter, spatula and measuring spoons. 

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or raw sugar which is what I use
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 egg
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together with whisk. Add the wet ingredients until all combined and smooth.

Pour batter into your 2+ cup measuring cup and drop by the 1/4 cup onto pre heated electric griddle. The pancakes will practically double in size before flipping and you won't see the traditional bubbles that you normally see. So basically you'll just want to wait until they are really puffy and take your spatula and look at an edge to see how they are, before flipping.

They are the best pancakes I have ever tasted! They are so good!! Top with some butter, some pure maple syrup and you have a great Saturday morning breakfast! They would even be good topped with some Pan fried apples

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