Ever go to a store and find pancake mixes with all kinds of ingredients you’ve never heard of? You’d be shocked if you actually read up on some of the junk they’ve added to the mix.
Whatever happened to old-fashioned homemade pancakes? They’re really not that difficult to make and use natural ingredients from your cabinet and refrigerator that are much healthier than a ready-made mix. Homemade pancakes can be almost any type.
The fun part about making homemade pancakes is that you can get as creative as you want and even make it a fun family time with the children or even just you and your spouse. You can experiment with several types of fruit, grains, and flour.
Since most recipes call for a small amount of sugar, you may even want to experiment with brown sugar or raw sugar instead of refined white sugar.
Homemade pancakes come in different forms. There are English pancakes that are similar to French crepes but don’t look as ornamental. Scotch pancakes are very much like crumpets and German pancakes resemble English pancakes.
Then you have the American pancake. Americans have taken the pancake and gotten quite creative. Adding different ingredients to this breakfast delight creating buttermilk pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, oatmeal pancakes, and the list goes on and on.
Depending on the region in which you live, your family would grow accustomed to eating a particular type of American pancake. The basic ingredients for homemade pancakes are eggs, flour, and milk.
Then depending on whether you are cooking, English, Scotch, American or German pancakes, you may or may not add sugar and some sort of raising agent. Homemade American pancake mix can also be used in a waffle maker for waffles.
Homemade pancakes can be a great way for a child who is just learning to cook, to accomplish their first cooking assignment with relative ease.
The recipes are simple and there are very few steps once the batter is mixed. Homemade pancakes are also great for creative expression.
As mentioned before, trying different ingredients allow a child’s imagination to explore how different tastes blend.
If you’re making American pancakes, the dough has just enough thickness to make fun shapes as well. Enjoy some family time in the kitchen with this delicious treat.
Healthy Eating by Adding Whole Grains to Your Pancake Batter Recipe
With the new emphasis being placed on health and well being, you are likely paying much closer attention to your diet. Of course, adding exercise is always a good idea as well, but as the old saying goes, you are what you eat.
Our food becomes the building block for our health. Luckily, it’s not hard to make some real changes to your diet for the better without a whole lot of pain or effort.
For example, you can change your favorite pancake batter recipe to include whole grains. Making small easy changes like this is painless, but will have a huge impact.
Let’s examine a common breakfast. You might have eggs, American pancakes and sausage, for example. The first thing you can do to cut down your calories and have more healthy fare is to change out your normal links for turkey sausage.
Then, focus on your pancake batter recipe. You may be using a boxed mix or even mixing your own with white flour. Either way, mixing your own batter with whole wheat flour only takes seconds longer than dumping from a box.
Most pancake recipes only have a half dozen ingredients, so it’s really just as convenient. Plus, when you make your own healthy food, you know exactly what is going into your body. No chemicals, no additives, and no preservatives.
Of course, eggs are fairly healthy fare on their own. If you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh, farm-raised eggs, that’s a good choice. If you have high cholesterol, limit your egg intake or just eat the white.
The first thing will probably experience when you start changing your diet is a little bit of surprise. Most people think that healthy food is tasteless at best and disgusting at worst. You should be happy to realize that this is absolutely not true.
Healthy food tastes great! After you’ve started adding whole wheat flour to your pancake batter recipe, try it in muffins, cakes, and even cookies. You can use whole grains in anything from your waffle recipe to a crepes recipe.
Your modern Cuisinart waffle maker is probably nonstick, so it will handle whatever you throw at it. Also, add healthy additions to your food like fruit, nuts, and even sesame or sunflower seeds. It’s also a cinch to grate vegetables like carrots or zucchini and use them as a healthy addition.
We’ve all eaten carrot cake, right? Why not make carrot pancakes or zucchini muffins?
Once you get your feet wet with healthy breakfast offerings, you should be really excited about the possibilities. Start with adding whole wheat flour to your buttermilk pancake batter recipe.
Then, expand your repertoire with a waffle recipe, crepes recipe, cakes, cookies, and muffins. Add fruits and vegetables to any of these as a healthy addition. Before you know it, you’ll be eating better and your family probably will hardly notice the change.
Low Carb Pancakes
Pancakes are a great breakfast or even dinner meal. The only challenge with pancakes is that they are made with many ingredients that increase your carbohydrate levels.
Not generally a problem unless you’re watching your carb intake for health or weight loss reasons.
There is a solution if you’re a pancake lover. Low carb pancakes offer a healthy and delicious alternative to your pancake dilemma. Low carb pancakes are made with protein powder or some type of low carb flour in place of the usual white flour.
Water, sparkling water (for fluffier pancakes), skim or soy milk in place of regular milk, sweetener, or Splenda in place of sugar and egg substitute or egg whites in place of the eggs. Some people even use cottage cheese to raise the protein level of the pancakes.
To further decrease carbohydrates in your low carb pancakes, use whole fruits instead of jam, or sugar free syrup. Butter shouldn’t be an issue since real butter is a dairy product and should be low in carbs already.
If you’re not up to the hassle of making your own Low carb pancakes from scratch, there are a few brands of mixes that can be purchased from various grocers or online.
These mixes get great reviews and take the work out of making homemade low carb pancakes. One favorite low carb breakfast might include low carb pancakes, eggs or egg whites, turkey sausage or turkey ham, cottage cheese, and berries with low-fat yogurt.
Mm….. sounds delicious doesn’t it? You can easily become a low carb breakfast genius by using the Internet to research different sights that can help you find ingredients and recipes and even meal suggestions that the whole family will enjoy.
Using various low carb recipes to find the one you like the best will be helpful, Not everyone enjoys the taste of protein powder but almond flour may be something that you enjoy.
If almonds aren’t something you can eat, whole wheat flour or cornmeal also offer good alternatives to the higher carbohydrate white flour. Isn’t it great to know that eating a low carb breakfast doesn’t mean you have to skip out on pancakes? What a relief for those who love to eat pancakes.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves: 3-4
- 2 cups Bisquick Reduced Fat Baking Mix.
- 1 cup low fat milk
- 2 eggs
- ¼ tsp. Vanilla
- Combine baking mix and milk, stir well.
- Add eggs, and vanilla to the batter and mix well.
- Drop on to greased griddle or pan by ¼ cup and cook until the pancake starts to bubble.
- Flip over and continue cooking until the bottom side is golden brown.
Pancake Liverpool Recipe
New Pancakes from Liverpool in England create an interesting pancake recipe. In this recipe, you will find the secret to pancake magic. Simply follow the detailed directions and ingredient list below to start your very own pancake mixture!
This recipe got its name because a very special person created this recipe when living in the city of Liverpool and they decided to name it after the city it was founded in. For more information about this pancake mixture please contact us!
Preparation time: 22 minutes; Cooking time. 3-5 minutes; Serves: 2-4; Yield:6-12 Pancakes
- 1 large egg
- 5 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1⁄3; cups milk
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)
- In a bowl or mixing jug, whisk together egg, sugar, and half of the milk (2/3 cup).
- Add the flour and mix thoroughly.
- Then add remaining milk (2/3 cup) and baking powder. It should be the consistency of thick cream.
- (Optional): Add 1-1/2 tsp oil if you have trouble with sticking.
- Beat this mixture until all is smooth.
- Pour about a soup spoon sized amount onto a pre-heated lightly greased frying pan or griddle (You will need to start about medium-high heat but after a few rounds you will need to drop it back to medium).
- Flip with a spatula when the top is all bubbly (should be a lovely golden color), and cook the other side (~45 seconds/side depending on the stovetop).
- Remove from the pan and pile up on a big plate (cover with a paper towel or cooking towel until you need to serve).
- Serve with whatever you like such as the chocolate sauce we have here and enjoy.
Chocolate and Strawberry Sauce which is gluten dairy and soy-free!
- Cocoa Powder
- Peanut or any nut butter. Can be pure peanuts crushed up.
- Honey – The more organic and less processed the better!
- Strawberries – YUM
- Simply mix 2 tablespoons of the nut butter with the same amount of honey, then add 2 teaspoons with cocoa powder.
- Slice up 2-3 strawberries, then throw it into the mix and stir away.
- After about 30 seconds it should be an awesome chocolate color with strawberry bits all through it.
History Of Pancakes
A basic definition of a pancake is a round, flat cake type food that is made from a batter and cooked on a stove or griddle. It’s fairly simple to cook a pancake. Take your batter and pour on the cooking surface. Leave it on the first side until it is done. When the first side is down flip your pancake and cook the other side until it is done.
The pancake is one of the most recognizable breakfast foods there is. It’s simple, tastes good, and can be made so many different ways. Every region has their own take on the pancake, but they all had to originate from somewhere. The pancake brings a long history with it.
The region where the pancake is made is one of the biggest factors that influences how it is made. All pancakes are basically the same ingredients flour, sugar, baking soda, and water. Any more ingredients are then added just based on the particular variation. Depending on the region there might be a different kind of flour used for the batter.
Archaeological evidence suggests that varieties of pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread types of cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies whereby dry carbohydrate-rich seed flours mixed with the available protein-rich liquids, usually milk and eggs, were baked on hot stones or in shallow earthenware pots over an open fire to form a nutritious and highly palatable foodstuff.
Some cultures would use pancakes as a way to use up items around the house before a fasting period. Other cultures used ingredients they had more readily available such as potatoes. The crepe is a very popular style of pancake that is of a French origin. Wherever you go in the world you are likely to find a new variation of the pancake. They all have their own history and all make up the history of the pancake.
Keep in mind this history when you make your next batch of pancakes. Think about the shape, the ingredients, the texture, and of course the many toppings. Sometimes they were made for the taste and other times they were made out of the convenience of using up the spare ingredient that were around so they didn’t got to waste.
Any way you look at the pancake can be viewed as one of the universal breakfast foods. Although, it’s not always eaten just for breakfast. Pancakes work for any meal that you want.
How To Make Pancakes Colorful?
Don’t you just wish you knew how to make pancakes colorful?
I did. So I searched around the net for many minutes/hours/days until I found this great step by step guide which I’ve provided below:
With the use of water added premade pancake mix and some food coloring, you can bring your traditional breakfast to life. Rainbow colored pancakes can be made into virtually any color in the rainbow by mixing food colorings and using a little vigor and creativity.
If you are worried about the taste, the food coloring will only change the appearance of your pancakes. However, it’s been known that the color of your food can trick your brain into thinking it tastes different(for better or worse, that’s up to your brain).
You can still enjoy the normal taste of your morning pancakes with a colorful appearance.
- Use an add-water pancake mix. Place the pancake mix along with a cup of water into a large bowl. Use a whisk or large, wooden spoon to stir your pancake mix. Mix until all of the contents are smooth and ready to be turned into pancakes.
- Separate the pancake mix into several small bowls. Allow a bowl for red, orange, yellow, blue, and green pancakes.
- Add three to four drops of food coloring into each bowl. Mix food coloring until the mix is completely colored.
- Fry your pancakes. Cook until the edges are crisp.
- Serve as a stack. A stack of rainbow pancakes will make for a unique visual display.
This is just a simple way of creating colorful pancakes. I plan to investigate many more ways how to make pancakes colorful. However for now this will have to do as I could not find any other solid recipes or procedures online. If you have a recipe explaining how to make a rainbow or colorful pancakes please drop me a line on our contact form!