Among my friends I’m kinda a big deal for my pancake creation. LOL No, seriously. It is the go-to request when I’m in charge of breakfast, and not because it’s the only thing I can make. (Check out my pumpkin cream cheese muffins if you don’t believe me.) My siblings also asked for pancakes when I was home babysitting for a few days earlier in the month.
While usually I am all about making things entirely, or as much as possible, from scratch, pancakes is one thing I LOVE making using the boxed powder. The trick is to get the just-add-water mix and to throw the boxed directions aside!
Here’s how to make the BEST boxed pancakes:
- Pour the powder into a large mixing bowl.
- Slowly add water to the mix, stirring with a fork, until the mix is the consistency you want. (Thicker mix means more dense pancakes, thinner mix means slim little flapjacks.)
- Add at least a tsp of sugar to the mix. Stir.
- Add at least a tsp of vanilla to the mix. Stir.
- Turn the stove-top on to low heat. Preheat your non-stick pan.
- Spray some Pam on the pan to prevent sticking.
- Ladle out a small amount of pancake mix, making round circles. The size of the pancakes is up to you, although I like to make them about the size of a clenched fist.
- Allow the pancakes to cook on one side until small little bubbles begin to form and pop on the uncooked side. Gently flip the pancake over and allow it another minute or two to cook on that side.
- Remove and plate.
- Top with powdered sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mixture to give them the final touch. Or decorate the pancakes according to the occasion.
My family eats pancakes with a mixture of cottage cheese and jelly on top instead of syrup. Don’t knock it before you try it. Most people like it a lot, plus it helps give the meal a little protein to help hold you over until the next meal!