I love pancakes. My affair with these round beauties must have begun sometime when I was watching Tom & Jerry. I love having pancakes for breakfast with a dollop of butter on top and lots of maple syrup running all over. It is not something which S fancies. So, I made these when he was at work and I had the day off. My friend and I polished them off. Since she isn’t a big fan of butter (she’ll run in the opposite direction in fact) I didn’t put a blob of butter on my stack. She’s reading this for sure and I must tell her now that there was butter in the batter. This reminds me of the Betty Botter tongue twister.
When Movenpick set up shop in Chennai, everyone raved about their waffles. I was super thrilled and went there almost immediately. I was disappointed when they served me Belgian Waffles with honey. I wanted my Maple Syrup. I decided to make own pancakes. I couldn’t find Maple Syrup then and started googling to find out if I can make it at home. To my delight, I found a recipe online. But there was just this one teeny-weeny problem. The recipe asked me to find a maple tree!!! Now, I stock up on maple syrup when I find it. Nowadays, it is available almost everywhere and so I can use it rather freely.
I make these pancakes on my Hawkins Futura Hard Anodized pan. This is not non stick, so I have to use a little butter for the very first pancake. Also, when I start, I must ensure that the pan is really hot. The temperature can be controlled after that.
1 cup Flour
1 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Milk
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Butter
A pinch of Salt
½ tsp Butter for frying
Beat the egg and then add milk. Gradually add the flour and the baking powder while continuing to blend. Add the sugar, salt, butter and vanilla essence and mix well.
Heat the pan and add the butter. Coat the entire pan with the melted butter. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the pan. Do not spread it with the ladle. Allow the batter to flow and form a circle. Cook for a minute and turn over. Cook on the other side for about half a minute and then transfer to a plate.
Proceed in the same manner with the remaining batter until you have a lovely stack of pancakes. Place a small dollop of butter on top and drown the pancakes in maple syrup.
Hmmm, if only all days began this way!