Saturday, September 3, 2011

Festive Pancakes

We make pancakes fairly often on weekends. I have a go-to "Basic Pancake Recipe" that has never failed me, even when I've pushed the limits in adding and substituting ingredients. If you try this, I promise you'll never go back to Bisquick, or even worse, frozen Aunt Jemima!

For the Labor Day holiday weekend, I thought it would be fun to make Strawberry "Red," Banana "White" and Blueberry "Blue" whole wheat pancakes.

...had to go with frozen blueberries, as fresh are rare and expensive here in Brazil.

I substitute Whole Wheat flour for All-Purpose, so the pancakes tend to be more dense, but we're good with that. Serve them with honey, and a sprinkling of ground, raw cacau (our latest obsession - more on that later), and you've got one awesome, kinda superfood-ish* breakfast!

Basic Pancake Mix (adapted from here)
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (I substitute most if not all for Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients
  2. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk
  3. Start with 1 1/4 cups milk, adding up to another 1/4 cup if necessary, as you mix it with the flour
  4. Add the two eggs, vanilla, and oil, whisking until mixed but still a little lumpy
  5. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-to-medium low. When hot, ladle pancake mix to the size pancake you like.
  6. If adding fruit, sprinkle onto batter.
  7. Flip pancake when batter begins to bubble.
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup, honey, or commercial syrup.
*Raw Honey, Raw Cacau, blueberries, and to some degree bananas are all considered "Superfoods" - rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants


  1. We have pancakes for brunch almost every Sunday. I'll have to try your recipe. Fabulous photos, btw!

  2. So glad your doing this. Those pancakes look too yummy for words! BTW - thanks for the "printer friendly" option - so smart!