Fat Tuesday!

Fluffy Pancakes

Since it is Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, I thought I’d offer up my brief and simple recipe for super fluffy pancakes. Whether you’re religious or not, eating these hot cakes will certainly make you want to fast for the next six weeks. After all, indulging and purging is the whole point.

I will admit, when a shipment of dark Canadian maple syrup arrives from my parents a couple times a year,  I really don’t need a specific day to give me reason for devouring a towering stack of this American favorite. I just need my supply of premium maple syrup.

There’s really no tricks or special ingredients required for making these pancakes. Some people like them alongside a breakfast menu with eggs, bacon, hash browns etc., while others prefer them as a dessert especially if they are chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream and fruit. I like them both ways, but I favor the breakfast application, though at dinner. It’s called living on the edge.

Fluffy Pancakes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla, (optional)

*For Blueberry Pancakes:
1 cup of blueberries, dusted with flour
-add to batter just before cooking

*For Chocolate Chip Pancakes:
1 cup of chocolate chips
-add to batter just before cooking

*For Buttermilk Pancakes:
Replace the 1½ cups of milk with 1 cup of buttermilk and 3/4 cup of whole milk.

Directions:

1. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a second bowl, whisk melted butter, eggs, and vanilla together. Then pour in milk.

3. Whisk in dry ingredients until well incorporated. Batter should be thick and smooth. Add blueberries or chocolate chips if desired.

4. Using a non-stick frying pan or griddle, heat over medium-high. Drizzle just enough cooking oil to lightly coat the pan. Oil gives the pancakes that characteristic surface appeal.

5. Ladle batter into the pan to make 2 small pancakes or 1 large pancake. When air bubbles appear, flip the pancake over. Cook to a golden brown. You may need to turn the heat down to medium if the pancakes are browning too quickly. Should take 3-4 minutes per side.

Top with maple syrup, jam, whipped cream or ice cream.

17 thoughts on “Fat Tuesday!

  1. Yum. Lucky you that has parents shipping you maple syrup. I would think as a Canadian living abroad the lack of that life-giving liquid would be a serious health hazard.

    Speaking of hazard, now I want pancakes…

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    1. I once dropped a bottle on the floor and as I watched it shatter, I dropped to my knees and seriously contemplated how bad could eating glass shards possibly be. I decided to exercise my better judgement and threw it out. A health hazard? Absolutely. Go get some pancakes, it’s a great day for them!

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