Nothing says Saturday mornings like homemade pancakes and an extra lazy coffee/ tea in our house. Almost all Saturdays, the conversation in our house is something like this. The mister while walking down the stairs – “what are we having for breakfast”. Me – “pancakes”. Mister – “Awesome! I was hoping we were having pancakes” !
Now, one thing you need to know about me is that I love taking shortcuts in the kitchen. I am no gourmet chef who spends hours perfecting one dish – I want it quick! quick! quick! ( well.. except may be when I am very stressed! Then I am in the kitchen cooking up a storm. It is mostly Indian food then) So coming back to taking shortcuts, pleasing the husband’s cravings and starting the weekend with some delicious breakfast – I present to you my quick and easy pancakes recipe.
I recently changed the recipe that I was using for years by substituting the all purpose flour with wheat flour. The mister dint notice any difference – so that’s a winning change. Small changes in the diet go a long way. I also halved the sugar quantity that I used in my original recipe and use fruits ( lots of them ) and there’s always maple syrup to bring the sweetness.
Ingredients – Makes 3-4 fluffy pancakes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour. I use this one – it is organic and great for pancakes
- 1 tablespoon sugar.
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- Optional : snickers broken into small pieces ( if you’ve had an especially tough week – go ahead, put in a good spoonful! you earned it! But for those of you trying to keep up with the resolutions – skip this step )
- Assorted toppings, such as maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar, honey, jams, whipped cream
- Chopped fruits and nuts
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
- Mix egg, oil/butter and milk and whisk well. ( but not too much )
- On the skillet, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter.
- Flip carefully and cook until slightly browned on both sides.
- Serve warm with toppings of your choice
Note 1: I have tried the same recipe without the eggs and it worked no problem. The pancakes weren’t as fluffy but that dint take much away from the taste. I just adding a tad bit more milk – may be 2 tablespoons.
Note 2: Now for the shortcut secret. I keep a tin of the dry ingredients prepped up and ready for atleast a month’s supply. So on Saturday mornings, all I have to do is take one cup of my pre-prepped mixture and add the wet whisked ingredients and voila. Even if saves me 10 min of initial prep – that means 10 extra minutes to be lazy under the sheets. I don’t think Saturday mornings can get any batter than this =)) xo- Neha
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