I love breakfast! And pancakes hold a special place in the list of breakfast foods that I enjoy. You see, I'm pretty serious about my flapjacks, so much so that I've waited in line for over 2 hours for what is arguably THE best pancakes in the world, Pancake Pantry. Nothing says breakfast like warm fluffy pillows of batter, griddled to perfection and slathered with the perfect combination of butter and syrup. Blueberry, plain, banana-nut, you name it, I love it! Pancakes are life and when I want pancakes, I want them quickly.
Having four kids has greatly reduced the time and energy that I have to get in the kitchen and make pancake magic. When my family requests pancakes, it's usually on a Saturday morning. And though its a weekend day in which you might assume that I have all the time in the world, its one of only two days that I get "off" from the daily hustle and bustle of homeschooling. Needless to say, I cheat when it comes to pancakes most of the time. Yes, I am guilty of buying pancake mix. Convenience over quality often wins in my book, but fret not because I have found ways to kick up the quality while keeping the convenience.
Do you remember Semi Homemade by Sandra Lee, a show that aired on The Food Network in the early 2000s? Well, I do! And the methods Lee employed on her show has stuck with me well into my adult years. Her idea of combining store-bought items and sprucing them up to elevate the flavor is not only genius, but so necessary for busy moms. I find myself using these methods in my everyday cooking and am so grateful that it has sliced the time spent in the kitchen in half.
So, what better way to celebrate National Pancake Day than by making a stack. Whether you make them tall or short, plain or flavored, do yourself a favor and save yourself some time. Grab your favorite store bought mix and add these five additions. The product will be a light, fluffy, warm, and delicious flapjack that is sure to please you and your family.
Melted butter - Replace any need for oil with melted butter. Even if your pancake mix doesn't require a fat, add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of melted butter to the batter for a rich homestyle flavor.
Sugar - For every 1 cup of mix, add 1/4 cup of sugar. The sweetness will reduce the need for tons of syrup and will insure that the pancakes are tasty on their own.
Milk/Buttermilk - Most ready made pancake mixes call for water, but milk will add a rich creamy consistency that is sure to elevate the taste of your pancake. Want to really amp up the flavor? Use buttermilk.
Vanilla Extract - The easiest way to improve the flavor of any baked good or sweet treat is by adding a little extract. I'm partial to vanilla for universal ability to enhance any treat. But, any flavoring of your choice will work just fine.
Powdered Coffee Creamer - This is one of those don't ask just do ingredients. Trust me! The addition of this ingredient will add a flavor profile that is likened to restaurant pancakes. The creamer doesn't necessarily enhance the cup of coffee, instead, it creates a new flavor altogether. This is also true for the pancake batter.
Happy cooking y'all!!!