May 1st was my mom’s 50th birthday. It so happens that her birthday was during the Covid-19 lockdown, so we made the most of being inside, eating and did lots of talking.
Initially, I wanted to bake her a birthday cake, but I realised that I didn’t have enough ingredients to make a proper cake. Instead, I decided to make breakfast and try out a new pancake recipe, which I modified and even added some extra ingredients! In this post, you will find the full recipe and guide on how to make these fluffy and delicious American-style pancakes, along with some photos of how these turned out when I made them.
Pancakes never go out of style
It is believed that pancakes, or at least, some version of a pancake, date way back to the Roman times. Of course, the recipe has definitely evolved, but it is astonishing how today, most of us are still very much in love with this dish! It is a great Saturday morning brunch meal, or a perfect idea to make in the evenings and have the next morning before work or school.
I’ve tried various forms of pancakes before. My mom usually makes crêpes – which I love, however these are a completely different dish. Over the years, I tried making pancakes from scratch and even bought the Dr Oetker’s pre-mix pancakes… but never found the perfect recipe.
⭐ The Recipe ⭐
So – here is the pancake recipe you probably clicked on this post for!
You will need the following ingredients (the ones labeled with “*” are optional, but recommended):
- 1.5 cups of all purpose flour (If you’d like to make a healthier version, try spelt flour, for example. It is high in both carbohydrates and fibre!)
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1.5 cups of milk (I used almond milk as I am allergic to casein. If you can’t have dairy, any plant based milk is good!)
- 1 tablespoon white / brown / coconut sugar – any of these, just don’t mix in all three! (If you’d prefer savoury pancakes, don’t put any sugar).
- *2 teaspoons cacao powder
- *2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- First place the dry ingredients together in a bowl, i.e. the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Then, add in the rest of the ingredients, i.e. olive oil, milk and the egg.
- Use an electric mixer to mix all the ingredients well.
- Make sure that the final mixture isn’t too dense or watery. In case it is too dense, add more milk. In case it is too watery, add more flour.
- Heat the pan on medium heat – not too high otherwise the pancake will burn quickly.
- Use a large cooking spoon and scoop an even amount of the pancake mixture each time and place it in the middle of the pan. Once you see bubbles of air appearing in the pancake, flip it onto the other side. Cook for about 6-10 seconds more and you’re done!
- I used some strawberries and bananas as toppings, with a splash of honey on top. If you’d like to have savoury pancakes, put on some cream cheese or ham instead!
That’s pretty much it! Feel free to use different or additional ingredients. The pancakes will only be perfect to you if you add the ingredients that you like (along with the essential ones)!
Hope you’ve found the instructions straightforward enough! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.