Breakfast

Pancakes for Patrick – A Bonus Brother Breakfast

My boyfriend’s little brother, Patrick, is at our apartment all the time. He comes over here after school to do his homework, he stays over when his parents go out of town, and he comes over just to hang out with me (YES!!). I’ve come to think of him as my bonus brother.  The past few times that Patrick has come over for dinner or to stay over, I’ve ended up making pancakes, pancakes for Patrick.

Pardon the pancake with the explosion on the side, I will explain that later. So, why pancakes? Because they’re easy, delicious, and everyone loves pancakes. And, I happen to have found the perfect pancake recipe. That’s a bold claim, but I’m sticking to it. Best. Pancakes. Ever. I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com after searching for a from-scratch pancake recipe. I grew up with Aunt Jemima’s pancake mix, and I had only made from-scratch pancakes a few times before.
 
I started with a bowl of flour, salt, sugar and baking powder that had been sifted together and made a well in the center.
Then I poured melted butter, some milk and an egg into the well. The pancake with the explosion on the side occurred because a glob of butter was in the batter of that pancake, and when it hit the griddle, it spewed out and melted. 
I just stirred that all together until it mixed and poured my pancakes onto the griddle by the 1/3 cup. The recipe said by the 1/4 cup, but I love humongous pancakes!
I checked the pancakes after a few minutes to see what color they had. I love pancakes that are a nice, light brown. I think that they look much more appealing and they soak up syrup much better than darker ones. I tend to see if pancakes are done by their color instead of an exact time, but I would say that I left them on the griddle for about 5-8 minutes on each side. The second side will cook a little faster than the first.
 
These pancakes really are perfect. I’m serious. They’re light, they’re fluffy, they’re sweet, and they’re easy! It only takes me 5 minutes to get the batter ready, and then another 10 to finish cooking all of the pancakes. These are definitely a crowd-pleaser. So, if you’ve got a younger sibling of your significant other that you need to get on your good side, serve them these pancakes and they’ll be your best buddy. 
 
Old-Fashioned Pancakes: courtesy of AllRecipes.com
           *Update 9/1/16 – This pancake recipe works very well with gluten-free flour replacements. I’ve been using Red Mill’s Gluten-Free 1-for-1 Baking Flour. We’ve had pancakes 3x in the last week since we discovered how well it works! 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
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