Breakfast has just gotten a little crazy these days. Don't get me wrong - I love going out for breakfast, and of course it's fun to see the wild variations of classics - pancakes with oreos and creme anglaise, french toast made with brioche, piled high with some sort of fruit compote and ice cream. It's all very delicious, indulgent and chock full of creativity (and I won't even begin to think about the calories!).
It's kind of nice, though, to get back to the simple breakfasts of your childhood, where your mom wasn't worried about trying to impress you with what she could pile on and into the pancakes, she just wanted you to have a good, hot breakfast.
Steve and I like to make pancakes every once in awhile, made from scratch (no mixes in our house!) and topped with pure maple syrup. Served with sides of scrambled eggs and fruit, this can feel just as indulgent as the sugar laden variations you'll find in the brunch place down the street. This also happens to be the breakfast that Steve made for me the morning he proposed, so it's sentimental and incredibly tasty all at the same time.
recipe from Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition
1 large egg
1 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C milk
1 T granulated sugar
2 T vegetable oil
3 tsp baking powder
butter for greasing the pan/griddle
Whisk the egg, then add in the milk and vegetable oil and whisk. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to the wet ingredients. Whisk until combined. You may need to add a little more milk depending on how thin you want the batter. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat or to 375 degrees. Grease the griddle with the butter. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of batter onto the pan for each pancake. When the pancake starts bubbling furiously and looks cooked around the edges, it's ready to be flipped. Cook the other side until golden brown.
Note: to keep your pancakes from getting cold if you're making them one at a time, turn a large bowl upside down over the plate of pancakes. This will keep them nice and toasty until you're ready to dig in!
Check out my review of the Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition on Sazze.com!