FOOD

Easy tasty fluffy pancakes recipe

Pancakes are a versatile meal that can be served as breakfast or an afternoon snack

In Summary

• A pancake (or flapjack as it is referred to in some areas) is a flat cake, often thin and round.

• Pancakes usually come in third after the most common breakfast items, which are cereals and bread.  

Golden brown fluffy pancakes
Golden brown fluffy pancakes
Image: HANNIE PETRA

A pancake (or flapjack as it is referred to in some areas) is a flat cake, often thin and round.

It is prepared from a starch-based batter (most people know of wheat pancakes but you can also have potato pancakes interestingly) that may contain eggs, milk, sugar and butter and cooked on a hot frying pan/skillet, often frying with oil or butter.

Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes were probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric society.

Pancakes usually come in third after the most common breakfast items, which are cereals and bread.  

Pancakes are among the easiest and affordable, let me call them breakfast snacks for lack of a better word to use.

The quantity of ingredients used depends on the number of servings required.

 Also, some people like their dough less viscous as compared to others who are more inclined to the thick paste. 

Ingredients:

  • Milk - 500 mls
  • 2 Eggs 
  • Baking flour- 2 1/2 cups 
  • Salt- 1/4 teaspoon 
  • Sugar- 1 tablespoon 
  • Bi carbonate of soda- 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Baking powder- 1 1/2 teaspoons 
  • Butter/oil- 2 tablespoons
  • Flavor- 1 1/2 teaspoons(optional)

Note:

It is usually advisable for one to mix the solid ingredients separately from the liquid ingredients. 

This ensures that there are no lamps formed as a result of adding the solid ingredients to the liquid ingredients while mixing.

Method:

Ingredients/ equipment used for baking pancakes
Ingredients/ equipment used for baking pancakes
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Once the dry ingredients have been well mixed, pour the liquid ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix them at a slow to medium speed.

Prepare your pan by oiling and setting it on heat at medium temperature. 

Pour the mixture into the pan using a serving spoon to limit the amount you're pouring in.

Wait to turn the pancakes so that they can cook on both sides. 

Make sure to moderate heat as you prepare them to avoid them getting burnt.

Usually, the first batch will require more heat than the ones that follow.

Serving suggestion; depending on whether one would like the extra taste, you can pour some syrup, or add fruits such as bananas or berries on top of the pancakes.

These go well with pancakes. 

Or you can enjoy them with a glass of milk or your favourite hot beverage.

Edited by D Tarus