Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Breakfast Pancakes:

As my first entry I'll begin with one of my favorites. Breakfast! And pancakes to be exact.

I found a recipe for basic pancakes a long time ago that I revised a bit. Adding a bit of spice here and there, they are the perfect weekend breakfast treat.

This is how I make my Pancakes:

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour (I prefer the whole wheat flour, you can always do half a cup of each as well.)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar (I use organic raw sugar cane)
0.5 teaspoons salt (or use less salt)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Approx. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
0.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
A pinch of brown sugar (optional)

You can make the pancakes with just those ingredients or I like to add sliced bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips and blueberries. I tend to mix and match these ingredients. Sometimes doing banana chocolate chip pancakes and other times just banana. Be creative there's no wrong way. I like to think of what would taste nice and go from there.

Directions:
1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients until moist and thick. A few lumps are okay. I usually add my fruit or chocolate chips after mixing the initial ingredients.

2. Heat a large skillet on medium to high heat (depending on your stove, I have an electric stove and keep my skillet a bit above medium heat) spray with a non-stick cooking spray or use butter on the pan so the pancakes will not stick.

3. Scoop out about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture onto the skillet. Wait until the top of the pancakes are bubbling slightly before flipping. Then carefully flip the pancakes to cook the other side. Each side should take about 1 to 2 minutes depending on the size of the pancake.

4. Serve with pure maple syrup, honey or fruit preserves! Enjoy!