Pancakes



A basic recipe for fluffy white pancakes.  We use plain yogurt instead of the commonly used buttermilk.  The results are delicious!


Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium high. 
In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. 
Mix until combined. Add the eggs, yogurt and milk. 

serves 4
1 c + 1 T (5.25 oz) all-purpose flour
1 T brown sugar
1/4 t salt
2 t baking powder
1 large egg
1/4 c (2 oz) plain yogurt
3/4 c + 2 T (7 oz) milk

serves 6-8
2 c + 2 T (10.5 oz) all-purpose flour
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
4 t baking powder
2 large eggs
1/2 c (4 oz) plain yogurt
1 3/4 c (14 oz) milk
 
Pancakes should be light and fluffy.  Whisk until combined, but not more than this or the gluten will start to form and they will be tough and flat.  
Whisk until just combined. Lightly spray the skillet with cooking spray.  Pour batter on hot skillet.  Cook 2 minutes or until very bubbly on the top.   Flip and cook until cooked through.

For best results pay close attention as to when to flip the pancakes.  They should be flipped as early as they can be without being underdone on the first side.

too early- they will stick to the pan and be messy, the first side won't be browned
perfect- bubbly top, but bubbles aren't solidifying, holds its shape when flipped, puffs up well while cooking the second side.
too late- bubbles are solidifying, holds a very firm shape when flipped, doesn't puff up while cooking the second side.
Top and serve!    

Pancakes are best served hot off the griddle.  They become limp over time.  The batter doesn't hold up very well either.  It is good for about an hour.  This is one recipe that can't be made ahead of time.
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Problems

Tough pancakes- these were either over-mixed, cooked too long (particularly on the first side), or have too much flour
Flat pancakes- these were either over-mixed, the batter sat too long before cooking, or they have too little flour
Thick pancakes- too much flour
Puffy pancakes- too much baking powder, these often puff high in the middle and deflate later, they will also have an off taste

Griddle temperatures
too cool- batter spreads too thin, pale, thin, flat
just right- batter sizzles mildly when poured on, puffs and creates many bubbles, nicely browned when flipped
too hot- batter sizzles rapidly when poured on, puffs bubbles quickly, burnt when flipped, inside under-done, outside over-done

Timing
For best results pay close attention as to when to flip the pancakes.  They should be flipped as early as they can be without being underdone on the first side.
too early- they will stick to the pan and be messy, the first side won't be browned
perfect- bubbly top, but bubbles aren't solidifying, holds its shape when flipped, puffs up well while cooking the second side.
too late- bubbles are solidifying, holds a very firm shape when flipped, doesn't puff up while cooking the second side.

Pancakes
serves 4

1 c + 1 T (5.25 oz) all-purpose flour
1 T brown sugar
1/4 t salt
2 t baking powder
1 large egg
1/4 c (2 oz) plain yogurt
3/4 c + 2 T (7 oz) milk


Double Recipe
serves 6-8

2 c + 2 T (10.5 oz) all-purpose flour

2 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
4 t baking powder
2 large eggs
1/2 c (4 oz) plain yogurt
1 3/4 c (14 oz) milk

1.  Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium high.
 
2.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Add the eggs, yogurt and milk.  Whisk until just combined.

3.  Lightly spray the skillet with cooking spray.  Pour batter on hot skillet.  Cook 2 minutes or until very (2)bubbly on the top.   Flip and cook until cooked through.

4.  Remove from griddle.  Top as desired.  Serve (3)immediately.

Topping Suggestions
Ashley's crepe filling
Sierra's crepe filling
berry syrup
buttermilk syrup
butter
fresh berries
whipped cream
peanut butter and real maple syrup
toasted, chopped nuts


Notes

1.  Pancakes should be light and fluffy.  Whisk until combined, but not more than this or the gluten will start to form and they will be tough and flat.
 
2.  For best results pay close attention as to when to flip the pancakes.  They should be flipped as early as they can be without being underdone on the first side.

too early
- they will stick to the pan and be messy, the first side won't be browned
perfect- bubbly top, but bubbles aren't solidifying, holds its shape when flipped, puffs up well while cooking the second side.
too late- bubbles are solidifying, holds a very firm shape when flipped, doesn't puff up while cooking the second side.

3.  Pancakes are best served hot off the griddle.  They become limp over time.  The batter doesn't hold up very well either.  It is good for about an hour.  This is one recipe that can't be made ahead of time.


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