Pancakes for Brunch

Maple Syrup and butter on Pancakes
Maple Syrup and butter on Pancakes

Maple Syrup and butter on pancakes

This semester I do not have class on Mondays, so I’ve decided to have brunch at my house when I’m in-town. This past week, I made hash-browns, pancakes, and scrambled eggs. There are two ways I like to make pancakes. One is just good old pancakes. The other is a sweet pancake (like I made for myself today).

Here’s what you will need depending on if you want to make them the regular way or a vegan version:

  1. Flour (all-purpose)
  2. Olive Oil or Eggs
  3. Salt
  4. Sugar, Honey, or Agave Nectar 
  5. Whole Milk (cow, goat, or soy)
  6. Baking powder, Levure Chimique “Alsacienne” (easier to find in Europe).
  7. Butter or Olive Oil

This makes enough for 2 – 3 people. You can make these totally vegan as well if you wish by substitution as I note below.

If you plan on using eggs, break one egg into a mixing bowl and beat it. You can olive oil instead (I’ll explain later). Set this aside.

If you are using butter, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a small pan. You don’t need a lot of heat, put it on 3 / low. Set this aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl:
  • Add 2 cups of flourall purpose or whole wheat. The all purpose will give a smoother texture, but the whole wheat is much more healthy. I prefer the taste of the whole wheat, but some are not used to the full flavor.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of baking powder; or one packet of Levure Chimique “Alsacienne” (for 500 grams of flour) (This is used in much of Europe, and what I use when in France).
  • Add 1-1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sugar (white or brown); or 1 tablespoon of honey. (You could also use the same amount of agave nectar for a vegan or diabetic alternative). If you want these to be sweet, tripple the sweetener. 
  • Add 1-1/2 cups of whole milk (cow, goat, or soy).
  • Add the mixed eggs; or 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the melted butter; or 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Mix and beat all the ingredients together.

Place a skillet on the stove with a little bit of olive oil or butter, and let it heat up. Put the heat on 4 or medium.

Once the skillet is heated (usually take about 3 minutes or so depending on your stove/hotplate), using a large spoon, ladle, or measuring cup, pour about 1/3 cup on the skillet. Let it cook for about 1 minute and flip it. It should be golden, with slight touches of brown, but not dark brown or black.

Serve and enjoy!

I like to use either jam, maple sirup, and peanut butter. Sometimes I also like to make my own covering for them. I’ll post about that later though.

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