In my books, there is no better way to start a weekend or a free day than by baking a fresh batch of pancakes. Who doesn’t like pancakes? They are soft, pillowy, and are literally a conduit for other add-ons like creams, jam, Nutella, or even maple syrup. Pancakes can make my day, and this is why I love them so much; they remind me of my childhood when my grandma would make them for us.
Do you want to prepare a special snack for your family, but are you short of ideas? Why not opt for pancakes? They are easy to make and are a favorite of young and old alike. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn how to prepare this delicious recipe.
The ingredients listed in this article are for four people. So remember to make a rule of three to know the exact amount of ingredients to use if you are a large family.
- 415 mL whole milk
- 250 g all-purpose flour
- 85 g melted butter
- 17 g baking powder
- 12.5 g sugar
- 6 g salt
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation of the pancakes
The preparation of this recipe is not done on a whim. There are certain rules and steps that need to be followed in order to get delicious and fluffy pancakes.
First, peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Then take 30 g of butter and melt it in the pan. Once it sizzles, add the apples and cook them over medium heat. When their juice starts to release, pour in the maple syrup. You can remove the pan from the heat once the apples have caramelized.
Now proceed to sifting all the dry ingredients and then move on to preparing the liquid ingredients. To do this:
- Take a bowl and pour in the milk, vanilla extract, and eggs.
- Beat the mixture with a whisk or electric mixer for a few minutes.
- Once it becomes frothy, add the flour.
- Mix gently to remove any large lumps.
- Add the melted butter and continue mixing.
- Add the caramelized apples.
The last step in this preparation is to let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes so that the starch can absorb the liquid. This also helps the chemicals react with the pancake batter.
Cooking the pancakes
Once the resting time is over, you can move on to baking your pancakes. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure success in this phase. The pancakes must be cooked as quickly as possible so that their batter is well expanded. To do this, make sure you heat the pan well before pouring the batter onto it.
You can use a hot steel plate or a cast iron pan for the best results. The batter may stick to the pan. That’s why you should always melt a small amount of butter in the pan. Use a paper towel to spread it over the entire surface of the pan.
Also, consider testing to see if the heat is sufficient or not. To do this, pour a spoonful of batter into your pan and see if it sizzles immediately. You can use an ice cream scoop, a beaker, a measuring cup, or a ladle to put the batter into the pan. When it comes to the size of your pancakes, there is no real specific size. Once bubbles appear and pop in the middle of your pancakes, it’s a sign that you need to flip them. The other side doesn’t need to be well browned.
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