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Jul 23, 2009 12:58 AM

I'm looking for perfect recipe for pancakes

I am Italian and I'm looking for a recipe for pancakes. I don't know if it is correct to use baking powder, if is necessary to use only eggs white or another secret.
There is the perfect recipe?
Thank you.

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  1. The Joy of Cooking has an excellent buttermilk pancake recipe. It does call for baking powder. A trick of my mother's was to whip egg whites as if for meringue and fold it into the pancake batter.

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    1. re: goodgirl

      Thank you.
      But I know only Joy of baking. What is Joy of Cooking?

      1. re: cosmopolita

        one of the most popular American cookbooks, almost anyone who cooks has seen, touched, religiously used or referenced this 'general' all purpose cookbook; it's cooking 101.
        just saw the; never knew about it before, thank you, love new info

        recipe websites I have used have 'one stop shopping', like epicurious;

        here is a really simple classic from my aunt, sometimes called "Christmas pancake", "German pancake" or a crepe-like treat; I always make two at the least, just double the recipe, and organic everything, tastes better;

        1/2 cup milk (sometimes use soymilk)
        1/2 cup flour (various types but start with white)
        2 eggs

        Melt 1/2 cup butter in pan (orig. old country calls for 1 cup butter, but found it to be too much)
        Pour in pan; big flat skillets are best; cover pan handles with aluminum foil to help protect
        Bake at 425 for 15 minutes
        Remove, sprinkle with lemon juice (alot :-), nutmeg (a little, strong spice for this), confectioner's sugar (alot :-)
        Bake 10 minutes more
        Serve as is or with side of warmed fruit spread, jam, jelly

    2. Marion Cunningham's Buttermilk Pancakes are my gold standard

      1. Here's a recent recipe I stumbled upon at The Pioneer Women's website. It's fabulous! The addition of vanilla is genius.

        PW’s Perfect Pancakes
        3 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        3 tablespoons baking powder
        2 tablespoons sugar
        2 cups milk
        2 large eggs
        3 teaspoons vanilla
        4 tablespoons butter

        Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.
        Melt butter and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine.
        Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with an obscene amount of butter and warm syrup.

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        1. re: sheilal

          I made these PW pancakes and sub'd lemon extract for the vanilla and tossed in a generous handful of lemon zest. Then I smeared lemon curd between two pancakes and served with fresh raspberries. Heaven on a plate! PW's recipe is outstanding and consistent.

        2. I have a question on your units of measurement. We use the gram so I would like to know how many grams are there in a cup.

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          1. re: cosmopolita

            Based on the conversion calculator I found at:

            1 cup [US] = 99.36705933 grams

            1. re: sheilal

              You will find that converting flour from cups to grams will depend greatly on the type of flour you're using. Generally speaking, all purpose flour will be about 185 grams per cup, bread flour about 120 grams per cup and cake flour about 135 grams per cup. Like everything else, it will depend on whose conversion method your working with and whether a cup weighs 99 grams or 185 grams depends on what you're working with. A cup of water does not weigh the same as a cup of flour.

              You might want to try :

              85 grams all purpose flour
              42 grams whole wheat flour
              12 grams granulated sugar
              11 grams baking powder
              5 grams salt
              158 ml whole milk
              15 ml melted butter
              1 large egg
              1 tsp water
              1/2 tsp white wine (sweet white wine works best)

              Separate egg yolk from white.
              Mix together all dry ingredients
              Combine milk and melted butter, then whisk in the milk.
              Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk just until well combined (mixture will be slightly lumpy)
              Beat the egg white until it holds soft peaks
              Add the water and wine to the egg yolk and whip until thick and foamy
              Fold the egg white and yolk into the prepared batter until evenly distributed
              Ladle batter onto lightly oiled hot griddle
              Watch for bubble to form on top and wait for the greater quantity of the bubbles to break and the edges of the pancake to begin to appear dry
              Turn gently (don't life and drop) to finish other side.

              1. re: todao

                that's how we make our pancakes! the key is to whip those whites. and use a good baking powder. you guys said it all!

                we like to add corn or blueberries in mine. yum!

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