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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Of Shopping sprees , pancakes and Waffles

Ah ! the sheer bliss of sailing forth on a shopping spree  - the feeling is pretty much indescribable ! This time I was 'exploring' all the options at  the G.K market. Four hours and two laden hands later I was feeling even better - except that my throat was slightly parched and my tummy had given a couple of ( ofcourse lady like) rumbles . Just then I spotted a roadside outlet  selling Depauls coffee.... Depauls can never go wrong - the coffee was perfect, cold and strong. Sipping it I glanced at the  menu, handwritten on a small blackboard . It said :

Waffles with maple/orange/chocolate syrup
Pancakes with butter and choco chips

"what would you recommend ,waffles or pancakes"? I asked the young man behind the counter. He smiled and replied," both'. Just then a fresh batch of waffles was served to the person (another shopper) perched on the stool next to mine. They looked and smelled great and the die was cast. "A plate of waffles with maple syrup, please". Seven minutes later a plate was placed before me - but it had both waffles and pancakes. I opened my mouth to speak but the young fella spoke first-" the pancakes are on the house ,ma'm ". I looked askance at him. Turned out that the place was his baby; he had opened the previous week only and wanted my honest opinion on the pancakes. Well, the waffles were very good but what easily stole the show were the pancakes -soft, golden in color and just the way one sees in American movies where wholesome kids from wholesome families breakfast on them. But, I think our home grown young man did very well coz he teemed  them up with a topping of choco chips which was absolutely irresistible.

I came back home in a great mood. My shopping list was almost done and I had a great pancake recipe with me. Let me share it with you.

Makes 8 pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine dry ingredients and mix slightly. Add milk, oil, water, and vanilla. Whisk together until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Set aside to rest for a few minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. While pan is heating, add butter. As soon as the butter is melted, add melted butter to pancake batter.
  3. Return pan to stove and stir butter into batter.
  4. When pan is hot, with a measuring cup or ladle, pour 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet for each pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles form on the surface. Carefully flip pancakes with turner/spatula and cook until golden brown.
Note: This recipe also works well with whole wheat flour. Chopped fruit, nuts or chocolate chips can be added to batter before cooking for a unique treat.

1 comment:

Ummmm.........sounds absolutely mouth watering.....Please make it one of these days mom...Will save me the trouble of going all the way to G.K. just to try out the pancakes:):)


  1. Instead of the flour try some oatmeat. I just grind one cup oatmeat and make it into a fine powder. And voila- much healthier and makes amazingly fluffly pancakes! Cheers!