February 16, 2009 7:40 pm

The Quest for the Perfect Pancake

Several months ago, Daniel started making pancakes on the weekend. Usually Saturdays. We went through about a box of pancake mix before we realized that, hey, most pancake mixes contain trans fats (I KID YOU NOT). Which, ew. He was pretty sure he could come up with a homemade pancake mix that would withstand our discerning tastes.

Our pancake requirements are as follows, and yours may or may not be different:

  • Thin. I myself do not mind fat pancakes much, but the most delicious ones are thin, almost like crepes but not as flimsy.
  • Taste good. So many pancakes make the right texture but are all off taste-wise. I like that tangy taste the batter has when it’s good.
  • Texture. The pancake should not resemble a frisbee.

After much trial and error involving DM’d pancake recipes on Twitter, calls to mothers, and various tips gleaned from coffeeshop customers, Daniel came up with a recipe. These pancakes result in delicious tasting, thin pancakes that do not resemble a frisbee in either taste or texture. In case you are also on the hunt for the perfect pancake, I can wholeheartedly recommend these.

(I asked Daniel what I should name these, and he said, “Delicious Pancakes. You can add a ‘.net’ if you want.” So there you have it.)

Delicious Pancakes by Daniel

Just short of 1 C flour
3T sugar
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt (DO NOT SKIP THE SALT!)
3 1/2 T vegetable oil
1 egg
Just over 1 C milk

Mix ingredients until lumpy. Make pancakes. I think we each get about three 4″ pancakes out of this recipe, but you could easily double it if you need more.

(I was going to do an approximation of this recipe in the Metric system, but… I never really learned it and the conversion calculators confused me and gave weird units of measurement. Do you normally measure things like flour in grams? What about butter? Milk?)

If you try this recipe out, would you let me know what you think? Enjoy!

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  • Tiffany says:

    Finally! I was looking for a simple enough to make pancake recipe that didn’t require buttermilk. Although I do have a question, is there any butter in this recipe?

  • Sharon says:

    I’ve been wondering about this and all the trail and error. Might have to give the recipe a try for dinner this week.

  • Christine says:

    Mmmm! Thinking about pancakes makes me hungry! Nom nom!

    I’ve never found a recipe i enjoy, so i can’t wait to try these! :star:

  • Kaylee says:

    I am totally trying that recipe. My family goes through phases of making pancakes every Sunday (we are currently in one), and we always use the pancake mix. This all sounds good…. *starts drooling*

    The measurements you used are all standard to me. Who weighs their flour to get it in grams?? :P

  • Meggan says:

    Tiffany – Nope, no butter! The vegetable oil takes care of it. I suppose you could substitute the oil for butter, but that’s the only time I’d leave out the salt. (If you use salted butter, that is.)

    Kaylee – People in the UK, I think? I am pretty sure UK recipies are in the weirder measurements – probably should have said that instead of just people using the Metric system. For a moment I thought I’d be super helpful and convert the recipe but then I got all confused so… they will have to suffer.

    Everyone else – Let me know how they turn out! (Also, it is okay if you try them and don’t like them. I got a recipe over Twitter from a lovely person, and while I heart and admire her, I did not necessarily heart or admire the resulting pancakes. No hard feelings.)

  • Rose says:

    You know I have you still on my cellphone and every time I scroll through my contacts I think to myself, “I wonder if Meggan would find it weird if I randomly texted to say hi…. Yes, that would be weird.”

    Anyway, I will so totally try this recipe at some point, because I am a pancake fiend.

    However, it won’t be soon, because I am also a lazy fiend, and I hate having to clean my cast iron pan. It’s HEAVY.

  • Meggan says:

    DO IT. I rarely get text messages, which means that I am not constantly checking my phone so I probably won’t respond right away, but DO IT. Elea messages me occasionally. :D *waves*

    You have cast iron pans? I wouldn’t know what to do with one – my dad loves them for cooking but when he and my mom finished their kitchen (put up the cabinets and countertops, finally!) the pans disappeared somewhere. They haven’t been able to find them yet.

  • Stephanie says:

    These sound great, except that I prefer fluffy pancakes. And that as far as breakfast foods go, I’m not really a pancake fan. Hah.

    But yeah, they measure stuff in grams and in mLs. Well, I mean… it’s how the Europeans of family measure stuff (I’m hungarian). So I would assume people in the UK measure the same way…?

  • Cecelia says:

    I would love to try out these pancakes – I have been looking for the perfect recipe for some time, but I haven’t really succeeded (but I have loved the process).. The only thing is I am not sure what the units mean what is a t/T – and is there a difference between the two? I’m guessing a C is a cup – but how big is cup.. 2 dl..?

    Hm, I know I am retarded, but in Denmark we mainly use SI units which I think is a loooot easier… ;)

  • Heidi says:

    I loved the Dancakes (that’s what I call them). I made them for the clan Saturday morning and everyone LOVED them. Nice work. Love you two!