I can't make pancakes better than a mix
I keep trying recipes for pancakes but I can't match the taste I get from Trader Joe's buttermilk pancake mix. I don't even make the mix according to the package directions, I nix the eggs and just mix with milk. They have so much flavor, either plain or with added blueberries or raspberries. When I make the mix with eggs I don't like the flavor as much.
I was out of mix this past weekend so I made some from scratch and it couldn't even compare. Am I doing something wrong? The recipe I used was very basic, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, sour milk (milk with lemon juice) and melted butter. It looked fine, cooked fine but the taste was so bland. Trader Joe's mix has so much flavor.
Anyone have a basic pancake recipe that they love? I do like a thick yet fluffy pancake, not the thin kind.
I've never tried TJ's mix, but when I make pancakes at home, I use a mix of flours, including white, whole wheat, oat, etc. This gives a better flavor and texture. I don't like pancakes made with plain white flour, though, so this may not be what you're looking for.
I agree with the others, though. If you like something, why change it?
Unlike the OP, I don't like the thick American style pancakes. For my wafer thin ones, the batter is so easy (makes about 10):
110g plain flour
200ml milk combined with 75ml water
Add the eggs to the flour and gradually add the liquid. Simple. It's never occured to me to use a mix (I'm not sure I knew it existed)
There aren't many flavor components in a basic pancake recipe. It could be that the mix is higher in salt than your recipe. It doesn't have to be high, but most baked goods taste flat without salt, especially if there isn't much sugar (1/2t salt per 2c flour is about right for me). Does the mix list malt in some form, such as malted barley? That's a mild sweetener, with a more complex flavor than plain sugar.
I usually make my pancake batter from scratch, not because I have anything against a mix like TJs, but because I like to play with variations. For example my latest batch included a small sweet potato (diced and cooked in the microwave before adding to the batter), white whole wheat, and oat bran.