One of the first things we had to get rid of was the standard pancake mix. It was a tough change, as that is a very simple way to make a quick breakfast, especially on busy school mornings. But really, homemade taste soooo much better, and they are not too much extra work. I have even mixed up the dry ingredients prior to a camping trip, or a busy school morning and then add the wet ingredients later. Works great as a shortcut.
I started with a base recipe from "Dad" on cooks.com. Thanks Dad, these were great!! I just adapted them slightly, but really, this recipe was delicious as-is!
2 c. flour
2 tbs baking powder
4 tbsp vegetable, canola or olive oil
5 tbsp sugar
2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla
(blueberries, strawberries, walnuts or pecans can be added to change the recipe up a little)
Combine all dry ingredients & mix together. In separate small bowl, mix egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients well. Add to well in middle of dry ingredients, and mix well. I use a whisk, bc I don't like lumps, and the pancakes still turned out fluffy and delicious. Cook on hot griddle (I love my electric griddle for these). Flip when bubbles start to form. Remove from heat when pancake looks golden and done.
Top with butter & 100% pure maple syrup (many other syrups have msg :( )
You can also cook berries on low and add sugar as needed to make a fruit-compote/syrup. It's delicious too.