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I love a leisurely Saturday breakfast where I have time to make pancakes. Blueberry
are my favorite, but really I like all of them.
Pancakes can be plain and simple or packed full of surprises. It’s pretty hard to
beat a stack of warm, buttery, sweet and sticky pancakes. So tie on your aprons (they
are making a comeback) and let's make pancakes! If you have kids, put them to work.
Depending on their age, they can take care of some of the measuring and mixing. The
older ones might even take a turn with the spatula.
The perfect pancake is one that is light, airy and golden brown.
Give your pancakes the airy texture of soufflés and meringues by borrowing the technique
that gives them their cloudlike consistency, beaten egg whites. You can do this with
any pancake recipe.
For light, fluffy pancakes, separate the egg whites from the yolks in the recipe.
Mix the egg yolks with the rest of the wet ingredients, following your recipe instructions.
Combine the dry ingredients to make the batter. Lastly, beat the egg whites until
stiff peaks form, then gently fold the beaten whites into the batter and cook the
pancakes immediately. Waiting will allow the egg whites to fall.
First, you must preheat your griddle, heavy bottomed non-stick pan, or well-seasoned
cast iron skillet to 375 degrees or until a drop of water dances across the pan. Then
lightly coat the hot pan with non-stick cooking spray, vegetable oil or clarified
butter. Using regular butter will burn too quickly and give you black pancakes.
Although the classic topping for pancakes is butter and syrup, create a condiment
bar and let your family choose their own toppings. At my house, blueberries are the
choice. Other fresh fruit choices are apple slices, sliced strawberries, bananas and
any other fresh fruit you desire.
Remember that pancakes are in the grain group and provide us with valuable vitamins
and minerals that we need. Experiment with different flours such as whole wheat, and further increase your fiber
These homemade Banana pancakes will be ready for the first serving in as little as
15 minutes. With only 195 calories per serving (without margarine and syrup) and 2
grams of fat, they are a nice addition to your daily meal plan. Top with banana slices
and sliced strawberries, lightly dusted with powdered sugar.