The Best Fluffy Pancakes
I love Saturdays. It's the first morning of the weekend when I don't have to sprint out of bed by 6 am to make my morning commute into the city. I can ease on into the morning. My ritual is to turn on some easy tunes with a jazz playlist or Lullatone, give the boys a kiss, make a pot of coffee and make breakfast. I love making breakfast! What better than pancakes with a generous amount of creamy melted butter and maple syrup for breakfast.
Here's my recipe. It's easy, fluffy and just spongy enough to soak up all that syrupy goodness. I like the tang of buttermilk pancakes but because I don't usually have buttermilk on hand, I added a touch of cultured greek yogurt instead for a similar effect. I hope you enjoy. <3
(Yields about 12 pancakes)
1 + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
2.5 teaspoon baking powder
a big pinch of fine sea salt
1 cup of whole milk, warmed but not hot
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
2 medium eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of greek yogurt
In a medium mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl combine milk, yogurt and butter and lightly mix. Add in already beaten eggs and vanilla and again lightly mix.
Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix with a whisk until JUST incorporated. Do not over mix (meaning mix until you don't see any dry flour and large clumps then stop). The batter should still have small clumps. That's totally cool. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
In the meantime, heat your griddle or pan at a medium heat. Do not get the surface too hot. There should be no smoking action. Just steady and warm heat. Do not start cooking pancakes until you have a pre-heated surface.
Grease pan with coconut oil or ghee aka clarified butter (I used a super convenient coconut oil spray from Trader Joe's). Ladle about 1/4 cup of batter into a pretty round shape onto heated surface. Leave alone until you start seeing tiny bubbles appearing on top of the batter, about 2 - 3 minutes. Flip. Let cook for another couple of minutes or until both sides are golden.
Serve immediately with a pat of butter and maple syrup. Fresh fruit and whipped cream go great on them too!