Saturday, July 19, 2008

Yup.... it's nothing but food porn




Pancakes.... it's whats for dinner.

Every once in a while..... nothing will suit but a big stack of fluffy pancakes. Dripping with maple syrup and hot enough the butter melts and runs over the edges in a golden butter-fall.

I like mine the old fashioned way. Rich, fluffy, and sourdough if possible. In a pinch I'll make them with a mix, as these were. Even with a mix they have to be done right.

I prefer Bisquick, and the old fashioned one at that. I want to crack my own jumbo double yolks into the mix, and use condensed milk instead of skim.

Start with the condensed milk and the eggs in a bowl. Add just a splash of water, then a spoon full of honey. If not honey, then a few table spoons of powdered sugar. Blend it well with a whisk, then start mixing in Bisquick. A bit at a time, blending as you go to remove lumps. Stop when it looks just slightly too thick.

Now..... set it aside for at least ten minutes. Give the leavening time to work. You'll see it rise, and bubbles begin coming to the surface. That means the batter is getting lighter and fluffier, and so will your pancakes. It also gives the flour time to hydrate and the proteins time to relax, and this makes for tender griddle cakes.

These should be cooked in cast iron, as it holds the heat just perfectly.
Melt butter in the pan, and don't sweat there being too much. The pancakes will suck some up... (YUMMY!).

Once the pan is smoking slightly, and the butter turning brown, ladle in a big dollop of batter. Right in the middle of the pan, over the heat.

Let the pancake just cook.... watching carefully.... and ignore the slight bit of smoke from the edges. As soon as you see bubbles surface and pop, leaving holes behind, flip that sucker! The other side will cook in under a minute, so stay close.

Once it's done, straight to the plate, until a stack is built. Keep the plate close, like right on the stove, so it stays warm. I like to preheat the plate a little.

If you are serving a crew, have the oven warm and keep the plates in there as you build stacks.

Serve with real maple syrup (in a can!), real butter, and jam if you swing that way. Fluffy pancakes smeared with orange marmalade are phenomenally good.





3 comments:

aepilot_jim said...

Keep them warm. I'll be right over.

Brigid said...

Oh. . that's just not right. To post those. . when I don't want to heat up the house as it's 95 degrees out.

argh.

But tomorrow Tam and I are hitting Yats for Cajun. So there. :-)

Jean said...

ay, yi,yi...and here I am, sipping a SlimFast!