Make Pancakes Like a Boss (Without a Recipe)
Today: Dads have monopolized pancakes long enough. Reclaim pancakes as your own, and then customize them however you want.
Wily fathers, as Nicholas Day once revealed, have managed to mark weekend breakfasts as their personal territory. Just say the word “pancakes” and watch as the eyes of those around you glaze over: They’re picturing a dad, undoubtedly wearing Tevas and high-waisted cargo shorts, standing at the stove at 11 AM on a Sunday morning, watching batter frying to a golden-brown in hot butter. Maybe Seinfeld is playing on the TV. Maybe NPR is on the radio. (Or maybe this is only our imagination.)
But Dads have plenty of other things: They have baseball, they have math homework, they have terrible jokes. Father’s Day is over, so we don’t feel bad about saying that it’s enough with the Dad monopolies, already. (Sorry, Nicholas). It’s time for the mothers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, and childless people of the world to reclaim pancakes as their own.
More: 2 breakfast classics we’re reclaiming over at Provisions? Iced coffee & donuts.
Let’s face it: There will come a time when you want to eat pancakes and you can’t locate a dad willing to make them for you. But there’s no need: It’s not that hard to make pancakes yourself. You don’t even need a recipe and you can add as many chocolate chips as you’d like.
While we can tell you how to make any pancakes you want, we can’t exactly tell you how to flip them. (Maybe you should call your dad for that.)
How to Make Pancakes Without a Recipe
First, commit your master ratio to memory: 1 cup flour : 1 cup milk : 1 egg. This should be easy to remember, even before your morning coffee. Once you have that down pat, you’re ready to get started.
1. Start by whisking together your dry ingredients. For every cup of flour you add, you can expect to feed 3 to 4 people. Use either entirely all-purpose flour or half all-purpose and half whole wheat. If you want multigrain pancakes, replace 1/4 of every cup of flour with rye or barley flour.
2. Add between 2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons of sugar, depending on how sweet you want the pancakes. Next, throw in a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. (You can even scale up this formula and keep homemade pancake mix in your pantry for faster pancake creation.)