Old-Fashioned Pancakes

When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a stack of old-fashioned pancakes. These pancakes have been a beloved family recipe for generations, passed down from my Grandma’s recipe book. The weathered look of the recipe card speaks volumes about the love and nostalgia attached to these fluffy delights. If you’re ready to embark on a culinary journey back in time, join me as we explore the secrets behind making the perfect old-fashioned pancakes.

How to Make Pancakes:

Let’s start with the basics. Making pancakes from scratch may sound daunting, but with the right recipe and a few simple ingredients, you’ll be flipping these golden beauties like a pro.

Pancake Ingredients:

To create these delightful pancakes, you’ll need the following ingredients:

– 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
– 1 tablespoon white sugar
– ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
– 1 ¼ cups milk
– 3 tablespoons butter, melted
– 1 egg

How to Make Pancakes From Scratch:

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of creating these fluffy wonders:

1. Sift the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. This step ensures that your pancakes turn out light and airy.

2. Combine the wet ingredients: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk, melted butter, and egg. Mix everything together until you have a smooth batter. Don’t overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.

3. Cook the pancakes: Heat a lightly oiled griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface and the edges look dry, which should take around 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and continue cooking until they are beautifully browned on both sides.

When to Flip Pancakes:

One common question that arises while making pancakes is, “When should I flip them?” The secret lies in observing your pancakes closely. Wait for bubbles to form on the surface and the edges to appear dry and set. This usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Trust your instincts, and you’ll end up with perfectly cooked pancakes.

How to Reheat and Store Pancakes:

Leftover pancakes can be easily stored and reheated to enjoy later. Here are a few tips:

1. Storage: Place the leftover pancakes in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. It’s best to avoid adding toppings such as syrup until just before serving to prevent the pancakes from becoming soggy.

2. Reheating: When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover pancakes, simply reheat them in an oven set to 350 degrees F until warmed through. This method will help retain their fluffy texture and delightful flavor.

Can You Save Pancake Batter?

Absolutely! If you find yourself with leftover pancake batter, don’t let it go to waste. Here’s what you can do:

1. Storage: Transfer the remaining batter to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. If you plan to keep it longer than that, it’s best to freeze the batter.

Can You Freeze Pancakes and Pancake Batter?

Indeed, freezing pancakes and pancake batter is an excellent way to extend their shelf life and enjoy them whenever you crave a delicious breakfast. Here’s how to do it:

1. Freezing Cooked Pancakes: Allow the pancakes to cool completely, then arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, making sure the edges aren’t touching. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let the pancakes “flash freeze” for a few hours or overnight. Once frozen, transfer the pancakes to a freezer-safe bag or container, removing any excess air to prevent freezer burn. These frozen pancakes can be stored for up to one month.

2. Reheating Frozen Pancakes: When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen pancakes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the desired number of pancakes on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven until they are warmed through. This method helps to retain their fluffiness and ensures a delicious, piping-hot breakfast.

3. Freezing Pancake Batter: If you have leftover pancake batter that you’d like to save for later use, ladle the batter into serving-size portions and pour them into freezer bags. It’s a good idea to wrap the bags in foil to provide an extra layer of protection against freezer burn. Flatten the bags, removing any excess air, and seal them tightly. The pancake batter can be stored in the freezer for up to one month. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw the batter in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

There’s something special about preparing and savoring old-fashioned pancakes. With their fluffy texture, delightful flavor, and rich history, these pancakes are a comforting reminder of cherished family traditions. By following the simple recipe and tips provided, you’ll be able to recreate this nostalgic breakfast treat in your own kitchen. Whether you enjoy them fresh off the griddle or save them for later by freezing, these pancakes are sure to bring joy to your breakfast table. So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and embark on a delicious journey back in time with these Old-Fashioned Pancakes.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 8
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. This step ensures a smooth and light pancake batter.
  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk, melted butter, and crack in the egg. Gently mix everything together until a smooth batter forms. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or pan over medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour or scoop approximately 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle. Allow the pancakes to cook until bubbles start forming on the surface and the edges appear dry, which usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Once the bubbles have formed and the edges are set, carefully flip the pancakes using a spatula. Cook for an additional few minutes until the other side turns golden brown.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batter, ensuring that each pancake is cooked to perfection.
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