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Perfect Pancakes

November 18, 2009
7 Ratings
Author Notes

I love pancakes. I have tried many different recipes but I always come back to the one my mother made for me as a child. She altered the fruit with the season: blueberries in the summer, apples in the fall and winter. You can skip the fruit altogether and the pancakes will still be perfect. I use a cast iron pan, which requires extra butter for cooking the pancakes, rather than non-stick cookware. Don't forget the bacon. —sweet enough

Test Kitchen Notes

A pancake shouldn’t always depend on syrup, and here’s a terrific example of one that does not. You begin by browning a couple of tart apples first in butter, second in maple syrup. Then you fold these right into the batter, creating a delicious one-stop-shopping pancake. All you need is a slick of good salted butter. Sweet enough uses a handy technique for the batter, beating it in a mixer until it’s as frothy as an ice cream soda – whether it’s imaginary or real, the bubbles seem to lift the cakes to ethereal heights. - A&M —The Editors

  • Serves 4
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons melted butter (plus more for the pan)
  • 2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
In This Recipe
  1. melt the two tablespoons of butter in a pan. when the butter just starts to bubble, add the apples. cook over a medium heat until they start to release their liquid. add the maple syrup and cook until the apples start to caramelize. remove from heat and set aside.
  2. sift the dry ingredients together and set aside. put the eggs, vanilla extract and milk in a mixing bowl and beat at a high speed with an electric mixer or whisk for a few minutes until the liquid looks frothy. add the flour and mix on the lowest speed until the large lumps disappear. gently blend in the melted butter and apples. do not over mix.
  3. melt a tablespoon of butter in a heavy skillet over a medium high heat. the pan needs to be hot. test it by putting a drop of batter in the pan. if it sizzles, it's hot enough. using a soup ladle, add as many pancakes to the pan as it will hold without crowding. when you start to see bubbles forming and the edges starting to harden, flip the pancakes over and cook for a few minutes on the other side. serve with warm maple syrup.
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