Easy Basic Pancakes
Homemade pancakes are a treat, but they are surprisingly simple to whip up. Our easy pancake recipe uses ingredients you likely have on hand, like all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, and egg. Start with our basic recipe, or try one of our variations using buttermilk or yogurt. Either way, you'll have a fluffy stack ready to eat in less than half an hour. Tip: Be sure to preheat the oven to keep the pancakes warm while you cook the rest—it makes all the difference.
This is the most basic recipe for a slightly thick pancake. It's just as easy to make a quick homemade batter as it is to open a box mix, which needs ingredients added to it anyway. And using organic ingredients seems to give the pancakes a cleaner and truer flavor.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Classic Dutch Baby
The next time your crew craves pancakes, serve something new and exciting: a Dutch baby. This baked pancake requires whirring a few basic ingredients in a blender, pouring the batter into a piping-hot skillet, and baking for 20 minutes (no need to flip). After it poofs up into a show-worthy display, serve with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and warm maple syrup.
Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake
Forget standing at the stove and flipping one pancake after another. This oven-baked pancake takes the pressure off. Simply mix the batter, pour it into the skillet, and pop it in the oven. Slice it into wedges for serving—everyone gets their portion at the same time. You can make it without berries if you prefer, but don’t skip the butter and maple syrup (those are mandatory!).