Pancake batter?

vamullen
Bento-ing from: Richmond › Virginia › USA
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Strange one, I know, but I was looking for ways to dress up the just-add-water pancake mix that abounds. I've already mashed in a banana and some cinnamon into them. Let me tell you, those came out yummy! What do other people do to make their pancakes better?

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Annemieke
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Re: Pancake batter?

Maybe it's a typical Dutch thing to do, but I love my pancakes with cheese... I make the batter out of eggs, milks, flour and salt. Then, when I have flipped the pancake, I add some slices of cheese and let it melt while the other side of the pancake bakes. It's nice with some raw onion and cheese as well!!

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Pancake batter?

You're in America, right? So by pancake you mean a sweet (if the mix isn't sweet, add a little sugar for the following ideas) thing that rises and not a super skinny thing that's really floppy? Try putting less water in so the mixture is thicker and make smaller (~2 inches across) pancakes - then you'll end up with pikelets. They should be maybe 1/3 inch high. Pikelets are eaten hot or cold with tea or coffee, spread with butter and jam and picked up in the fingers.

Using the same thickness of batter, add slices of banana, NOT mashed, and fry them in quite deep butter, about 1/4 inch deep. Keep hot and sprinkle with icing sugar and add whipped cream. Truly fattening, but a nice treat for dessert every now and then.

Do the same thing with other softish fruits. Pineapple would be quite good I think.

Put more water in so you get a thin, but not super thin, batter and make them quite big (as big as your frying pan will allow) and sprinkle raisins or currants on the wet side while the first side is cooking, flip them when the currant side is nearly dry. Let them go cold, then roll up with jam and whipped cream inside. This is what my Scottish stepmother called a crumpet. Delicious.

Look at the ingredients in the mix. If it doesn't have vanilla essence in it, try adding some. Try other essences, or any citrus zest.

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Stephanie
Bento-ing from: San Lorenzo › California › USA
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Re: Pancake batter?

Just about anything will work in pancake batter. My family usually puts whatever is in season or handy in our pancakes like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. The easiest way is to add anything is to pour the batter in the pan and mush whatever you like into the batter before you flip it, allowing the sugars to caramelize while you cook the other side.

As bronwyncarlisle said you could play with the thickness of the batter adding more or less water depending on what you would like to do with them. With thin pancakes spreads are usually the way to go; fruit, cream, cheese, or candy based ones all work.

There are also a variety of different mixes that you can find at the store that can add a good variety. Like the pumpkin pancakes that I will be making this weekend, just to make it feel like fall.

ruskie
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Re: Pancake batter?

Only pancakes I ever make are Crepes the as someone pointed out: super skinny floppy thing ;)

Personaly I just make them plain and then put onto it whatever I have at hand... be it maple syrup, jam, or even fill it with cottage chese and raisins and reheat it all in the oven...

rehfilet
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Re: Pancake batter?

i'll never get used to the idea of ready-made pancake mix.
it's just so easy to make the batter yourself and it is great for getting to know your ingredients better and general playing around- some eggs, milk or a diary product like joghurt or quark and a little water, flour and baking powder (if you like fluffy), that's all you need. you can vary the flour part and if you desire something artificial-vanilla-ey you can add some custard powder to the batter. i somethimes put in vanilla whey protein powder and eat them with cherry jam.
i like salty ones with bacon in them, too. the floppy, not-sweet kind. classic german speckpfannkuchen^^

Stephanie
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Re: Pancake batter?

I agree it is very easy to make pancakes from scratch and I do sometimes, but it is just a little too convenient to have some sort of mix in the fridge. Plus there are all sorts of levels to this, I would never personally get the jug were you just fill and shake but I often keep some whole wheat and honey pancake mix in the fridge.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Pancake batter?

It's not something I'd ever buy, but I do have some poffertjes mix because it came with my poffertjes pan. Poffertjes pans are not so thick on the ground here that you can be picky about the format of the package. And I WILL use the mix up before I start making my own. It does seem ridiculous to do what amounts to paying someone to mix a few ingredients.

BarbJ
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Re: Pancake batter?

I also often make pancakes from scratch, but yeah, sometimes the just-add-water kind is easy and quick. If I do add stuff, I use it, because I don't have to adjust the measurements. It's automatic.
The best one I made lately is substituting the water with coconut milk. The canned kind that's thick but not sweetened. I did add a little extra sugar to the mix powder, then stirred in the coconut milk until it's the right thickness. Actually it makes a thicker pancake, somehow the coconut milk in rather emulsifying. You can add extra water to thin it, but it was good thicker too.

I did cook them at a bit lower of a temperature, as the thicker cakes take a little longer to cook all the way through.

They were really good! Not over powering coconut flavor, just the right amount. And with the extra sugar we didn't need syrup. Not very low cal, but just one or two 6" cakes were very filling!

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Pancake batter?

There's a Thai pancake that's made with coconut milk and has spring onions in it. Just slightly sweet, unusual tasting, but very nice.

rehfilet
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Re: Pancake batter?

thank you, bronwyn!
i don't have any rice flour, so i'll try the chinese recipe.

rehfilet
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Re: Pancake batter?

ooh, that sounds nice!
what kind of flour would be used in those? and are they fluffy or floppy?
i have some spring onions and a small can of coconut milk in the kitchen and i'm hunnnngry..

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Pancake batter?

There's a recipe here which is quite complicated, and another, which says it's Chinese here. This is a Thai recipe for just coconut pancakes.

rehfilet
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Re: Pancake batter?

oh, wow!
those were wonderful! very light and fragrant from the coconut milk.
i forgot to put in the red pepper flakes, but it didn't matter at all.
i'm definitely going to make them again!

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