Many years ago, I used to buy boxed pancake mix. That is, until I read the ingredients and saw that it was basically flour and baking powder. I was paying three bucks for about twenty cents worth of ingredients. Ever since then, I’ve been making my own pancakes because it’s crazy easy.
My basic recipe relies heavily on corn meal. I find that the corn meal gives the pancakes a much grainier and satisfying texture and much more interesting flavor.
These proportions make a nice batch for 2 people.
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk (you may have to adjust depending on how thick or thin you like them)
- 1 teaspoon oil (nutty oils like almond or walnut are nice but you can use anything)
- 1 egg
Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Then mix the dry and wet together.
This weekend, I added about half a Gold Rush apple, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a bunch of cinnamon. We had gotten apples that morning from Beechwood Orchards at the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market that morning.
Just cook them in a pan over medium heat. That’s it. Simple simple.
It also helps if you have some awesome Amish Grade B Maple Syrup lying around. We bought ours from Kauffman’s Lancaster County Produce at the Reading Terminal Market.