I usually steer clear of pancakes. Â They are just not my bag, baby. Â I am sure when I was a child that was different — as children tend to subsist on the “elven” food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup). Â But now that I am older, I am quite happy with an egg and a piece of whole grain toast for breakfast. Â Of course, the kids still clamor for pancakes frequently. Â They just don’t see the beauty of an over easy egg.
So I make them quite often. Â But I have rules. Â First, you must only use real maple syrup. Â The other stuff is disgusting and not at all maple. Â And I am *not* sorry if I just offended you. Â We probably wouldn’t have been close anyway. Â (OK. Â So I am sort of joking. Â I love lots of people who use fake maple syrup. Â But I would love them more if they didn’t.) Â Second, they must be whole grain. Â If we are going to have dessert for breakfast (come on, you know that’s what it is), it is at least going to be a little healthier. Â Third, pancakes do not come from a boxed mix. Â Seriously, by the time you measure it out and add liquid, you could have made them from scratch. Â Maybe Beef Wellington might benefit from a convenience mix. Â But pancakes?? Â And fourth, they will not be made of lead. Â Even white flour pancakes tend to be heavy and make you feel like you need a nap. Â So, what we make is going to be fluffy, dammit.
Re-reading that last paragraph makes me sound like the Pancake Nazi, doesn’t it? Â It’s true enough, actually, because I do support health care reform.
So, this is our go to recipe for whole wheat pancakes. Â It was modified from a recipe in the landmark cookbook by … Strawberry Shortcake. Â Yes, the cartoon character. Â I am not sure if cartoon characters require attribution, but I’m going to play by the rules. Â In this version, we made banana pancakes. Â You could just as easily leave the bananas out, add chocolate chips, use apples or blueberries, etc. Â However you make them though, they will puff up and come alive like Frankenstein (who also supports health care reform, I believe — however his take is different than Stalin’s because he is a proponent of a triggered public option).
Super Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
5 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 T sugar or honey
2 cups of milk
3 T melted butter
Sliced bananas (or other add-ins)
Vegetable oil or butter to grease your pan or griddle
1. Â Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a medium bowl.
2. Â In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Â Add in the melted butter. Â (If you use honey instead of sugar, add it here with the wet ingredients, rather than with the dry ones.)
3. Â Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients a little bit at a time — until the pancake batter just comes together. Â Don’t over mix.
4. Â Pour a ladleful of batter onto a preheated and greased griddle (at about medium heat — each pancake surface is different and you know what temp is best probably). Â Lay a few banana slices on pancake batter and allow pancake to cook until golden on the first side. Â Flip and and cook until golden on second side. Â And as anyone who makes pancakes knows, the first batch is usually the worst. Â Save those for the people who don’t like real maple syrup.
5. Â Remove pancakes from heat and stack on plate while you cook the remaining ones. Â Serve with plenty of butter and REAL maple syrup.