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So, now for the recipe. This is an easy one and I highly recommend it over the box mix. It's especially nice to have around in case you are used to using instant but just don't have any. You'll find it isn't that much harder to do and has pretty much the same ingredients.
High Caliber Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine (melted)
1 large egg
Large Whisk or fork for mixing
The key to light, fluffy pancakes that are not too tough is to mix the batter as little as possible after wet and dry ingredients are mixed. Stirring works the gluten in the flour and toughens the pancakes. This is why restaurants that make large batches and have to keep stirring them end up serving tough pancakes.
Pour flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into large bowl. Use whisk or fork to incorporate ingredients together before mixing in wet ingredients. Melting butter in the microwave is very fast. 3 Tbsp melts in about 20 seconds in a small bowl. Swirl if there are small pieces that haven't melted. For wet ingredients, I recommend starting with at least a 2 cup measuring cup. Pour in milk, crack the egg into a separate bowl to make sure it is good and there are no shell pieces. Put egg into measuring cup with milk. Use whisk or fork to premix these ingredients and break up the egg (less stirring of the batter). Pour the milk/egg mixture and melted butter into the bowl at the same time. Use the large whisk to incorporate the ingredients (a spoon is ok for this process, I find the whisk incorporates the ingredients quicker for less stirring). All you are looking for is that the dry ingredients are mixed in and there are no huge clumps. This will be only 7 or 8 stirs. The batter will be lumpy and that's ok. Do not keep mixing. Let the batter rest for a couple of minutes before cooking.
Set flat top griddle (recommended ) at about 275 - 300 F. A pan is obviously fine for this (medium heat), but makes cooking slow since fewer can be done at the same time. Some recipes call for brushing oil or butter on your cooking surface. I'm not a fan of this if you have good non-stick cookware. The butter/oil just causes the first couple of pancakes to look funny. Pour batter using ladle or cup with a spout into 3 - 4 inch rounds. Cook a minute or two on the first side (until bubbles start to form and the edges are dry). When edges are dry and underside is golden brown, flip pancake. Cook until other side is golden brown. Butter them up and pour on your favorite syrup. Enjoy!
Recommended pairings - BACON.