Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pancakes from Scratch

Ideal Meals for the “Wai Guo Ren” (Foreigner)
Living in Taiwan for a few years has taught me how to make foods I am familiar with back home but with limited resources and on a budget. If you have access to a COSTCO, then your options broaden, but for the most part, we eat simply and this recipe is a part of a collection for the American teachers living in Taiwan with a simple stove, toaster oven and small grocery store in town.

Today’s Recipe: Pancakes from Scratch- makes approximately 8 medium sized pancakes.

I realize it’s difficult to find pancake syrup here in Taiwan but have you ever tried jelly or honey? Not too bad. Try a side of fresh mango with them- out of this world! But we do have a few international/baking supply stores in our area that actually sell “Country Kitchen” pancake syrup from the States. We were willing to spend a bit more for it to have on our French toast and pancakes. If you are feeling really adventurous and want to try making your OWN syrup, follow this LINK.
Of course, there are numerous ways to enhance a pancake- add a little mashed banana and cinnamon, throw in some chocolate chips, grated apple, instant oatmeal, whatever your mood is screaming at the moment.

Items Needed:
  • Stove top burner
  • Cooking spatula
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large spoon
  • A sleepy face

Ingredients Needed:
¾ cup flour
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder

1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk just until everything is blended.
2. Turn the pan on medium heat. Using a large spoon or ladle, pour the batter into a few pancake shapes.
3. Once you see bubbles all over the top, flip and cook for a few more minutes.

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