|Sorry for the dark photo-it was a one shot deal...|
There is something so ultimately decadent about warm fluffy pancake, slathered in butter, and drizzled with sweet syrup. When done correctly (and really how often have you had a truly bad pancake?) their edges are slightly crisp, the middle dense and as you swallow each bite you can literally feel them stick to your ribs-sustenance for the day ahead.
Pancakes can be as easy or as hard to make as you want- a box stored in the cupboard, ready to add wet ingredients to, or a time honored, treasured recipe, that you know will yield perfect cakes. I prefer recipes to mixes, I find that they often result in lighter, fluffier pancakes, more decadent and much more special than their boxed counterparts. However- I say- if you're pressed for time on a Sunday morning then you deserve to use the mix. However, if time allows, and decadence is on your mind- give these pancakes a go. You won't be disappointed.
"Perfect Pancakes (obnoxiously stolen from The Pioneer Woman)
3 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Cake Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 cups Milk
2 whole Large Eggs
3 teaspoons Vanilla
4 Tablespoons Butter
Maple Or Pancake Syrup
Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl.
Mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.
Melt butter and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine.
Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with an obscene amount of butter and warm syrup."
I did change this one slightly- I use a non stick skillet to cook pancakes on so I omit the extra butter.
The batter alone of these pancakes was impressive. It formed into almost a mousse, with lots of height and airy-ness to it. The finished product was just as light and airy. These pancakes were impossibly fluffy and because they used more Vanilla than most I've seen they had a wonderful flavor as well. These little devils absorbed butter and sopped up maple syrup making every bite a burst of heaven. Next time you're craving pancakes- make these!