3 cups of unbleached flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Optional: 1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon olive oil or melted butter
1 cup milk
Making this mix ahead of time and keeping it available is just as easy as buying the commercial pancake mix but you don't have the additives and what my mother called the box taste.
I mix the dry mix and keep it in a mason jar. Anytime anyone wants pancakes I just have to add the wet ingredients.
Beat egg only enough to mix the yolk and the whites. Add wet ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir. Add dry ingredients a little at a time until you have the desired consistency. Runnier mix makes thinner pancakes, more like crepes, heavier mix makes thicker, fluffier pancakes. Don't over stir. You want the batter to be lumpy.
Heat up griddle. Spray with Pam or use oil or butter. Drop batter into 4-5 inch circles. Cook undisturbed until top of pancakes has dried a bit and is creating bubbles. Turn over. Cook for about another half minute.
Tips: Never flatten pancake, it burst all those nice air bubbles that make them fluffy. If you add blueberries to the mix, the pancakes need to cook longer on both sides.
I usually have a bowl I place the pancakes to keep them warm. Cover with a cloth.
Play with this recipe. Substitute buttermilk for the milk. Save your sour milk to make pancakes, it is even better.
My favorites are pecans or almond. Through the years, I have had kids add peanut butter, chocolate chips, strawberry jam and many other experiments to their pancakes. All are welcome.
My friend Margaret gave me a couple of pancake molds in the shape of a heart a few years ago. I have also seen them in other shapes. When my kids were little I made three circles together and called them Mickey Mouse pancakes. They loved that.
ABOUT MAPLE SYRUP
I always keep a jar of real maple syrup around. It is very expensive at Publix, but Costco sells a big container for the price of a small bottle at supermarkets. There is nothing else out there that comes even close to it's taste and antioxidant qualities. Maybe local or organic honey. Home made pancakes deserve Maple syrup.