9/10/2017
Pancakes

Gather the ingredients. They will say pancakes are best when you start from scratch, but you won't always, or ever, have the time to figure out the right proportion of flours, or which flours to get, or what else to throw in. Just get a couple of boxes of pancake mix and you're good to go.

Make the batter. You're not doing it from scratch, so you have instructions from the box to fall back on. Beat two eggs, then add four tablespoons of oil, a cup and a bit of water, and two packs of pancake mix. Or you can mix the order up a bit. Mix the liquids first, then add it to the dry stuff - like those chefs on TV do, with a well in the middle of the bowl of flour. Whatever. It's pancake mix. You'll be hard-pressed to get it wrong.

Add fruits, if desired. Last night you thought of making banana pancakes, but this morning you forgot to mash some bananas up for the batter. But it's not yet too late. Get two bananas, mash them up on your hand, and them smoosh them up to the bowl. Then stir. Then wash your hands.

Prepare your cooking materials. That means your non-stick pan, which should be in the stove warming up, and the place where you'll put your pancakes. And a ladle, for the batter.

Ladle the batter onto the pan. It should form a perfect circle, more or less. The bananas will get in the way, but that makes it more charming, supposedly.

Remember that the first pancake is always the worst. You will always burn the first pancake. It might even stick on the pan. But this is a non-stick pan! Dammit, I need to butter this, even? Isn't the oil in the batter enough? You will try to save the pancake but it will look dark (but just on the outside) and mangled. Take that pancake and do not serve it. Call it a test pancake. Eat it. You're the one cooking, after all.

The second pancake won't always be better. It will take a few attempts to get that right look - golden brown, fluffy, bouncy. You can't always eat those bad pancakes, though. Just swallow your pride and serve them. They'll be at the bottom of the pile anyway. Nobody will notice.

You'll get it right, sooner or later. Some will have stuck to the pan and not look uniformly flat. Others will be dark. But you'll get there. You'll get it right. This recipe serves fourteen pancakes. You'll get the look you want after twelve.

Serve. Wait for someone to thank you for serving fluffy, perfect banana pancakes. Wait for someone else to point out that her pancake has no bananas at all.

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