Saturday, March 02, 2013

Breakfast #64: Ruth Reichl’s Perfect (for me) Pancakes

Have I mentioned that my husband does not like pancakes?  I’m sure I must have.  In any case, he doesn’t, further illustrating the universal truth that no one is perfect.  Like many of my countrymen, he prefers a more savory breakfast consisting of rice (preferably sinangag or garlic fried rice) and one of our local breakfast meats/fish, of which there are, in all fairness, a delicious and varied abundance: tapa (a marinated/dried/cured beef), tocino (a sweet cured pork – my personal favorite), longanisa (local sausage – there are a ton of varieties!), tuyo (dried, salted fish), daing (another type of dried fish, sometimes salted and dried, sometimes just marinated), and tinapa (smoked fish).

That’s not to say I enjoy only sweet breakfasts.  I love savory breakfasts as well (and one has to only troll through this blog to see proof of that), especially our beloved Filipino breakfasts above, and particularly with a fried egg, yolk liquid and whites frayed at the edges.  But that is another post for another time.  For now…pancakes!

Now, this is all simply to point out that pancakes are very much a “me dish”.  Meaning, every time I make them, I make them for myself.  Thankfully, I now have little C who seems to be taking to pancakes very well (judging by the speed in which she stuffed them in her mouth).  This means that soon I may not have to desperately look for other pancake recipients (like the doorman).  But alone or no, I am certainly not going to withhold from myself the pleasure of making pancakes because I am the only one who eats them over here.  Just as I am a big believer in “me time”, I am also steadfast about having, and indulging in, “me food”.

To illustrate...

Me food: DĂ©gustation, gnocchi, pesto, pasta in creamy sauces, French toast, and pancakes!

C food: Mongolian Barbecue, dinuguan, ampalaya, chap chae, and packaged noodle soup

Us food: Sushi, steak, tinapang bangus (smoked milkfish), chocolate croissants, morcilla, mustasa and buro (mustard leaves with fermented rice), callos, and Magoo’s pizza (Joey’s Special with a double order of anchovies)

So, this one’s for me…and for any of you who share my love for pancakes!

title Ruth Reichl’s Perfect (for me) Pancakes
(from Gilt Taste)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Butter for the pan
- In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vegetable oil.  Add the melted butter and whisk this in as well.
- In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Whisk the flour mixture into the milk mixture until it’s just combined.  Add more milk if you think the mixture is too thick (although my batter seemed to be quite thin – but ended up being perfect).
- Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a pat of butter.  As the frothing subsides add a ladle full of batter (I like to use a ladle and a half but this would, of course, depend on the size of your ladle) to the pan.  You can make the pancakes in any size you wish.
- Let the batter cook until bubbles form, and then pop, on its surface.  Once the bubbles pop turn the pancake over and cook the other side until golden.
- Serve immediately, hot and fresh from the pan!

It is worth it to go through Ruth’s full post on making the perfect pancake, as you want to take each point to heart when you make this.  Like she said, this is not diet food by a mile but will give you, if you are brave and embrace the gloriousness of butter, a pancake to make the memory of even the most grueling of work weeks vanish in one bite.  These pancakes are not as fluffy as the traditional American-style ones.  They are almost lacy in appearance with irresistibly crisp edges.  They are light in texture but rich in flavor, impossibly buttery with a hint of salty-sweetness.  In short, perfect by my book :)

Note: I love the "How to make a better..." series at Gilt Taste!  That's were I found this divine way with scrambled eggs!

I think it’s perfectly normal, and actually quite essential, to have separate interests in a marriage.  Just as important as having shared interests.  It is the shared loves that bind us together but it is the separate ones that make the bond more interesting!  Vive la diffĂ©rence I say!  And vive le pancake!


anartechoke said...

Hi Joey! My husband naman LOVES pancakes! And I've taken to liking them just as much! I've tried a lot of recipes and being that we have pancakes every Sunday morning, I still would love to try some more! Our default from-the-box pancake is Maya Think Heart Whole Wheat pancakes but they are a bit sweet (for me, personally, though my husband loves it-we're still different after all, haha). Anyway, thanks, i have another recipe to copy in my kitchen notebook. :)

Grace said...

Perfect! Was looking for a good pancake batter recipe. Thanks Joey!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look amazing! Pure perfection.



faye paras said...

yay!!! i've long been wanting to make pancakes from scratch and this is just perfect :)

Didi said...

Congratulations on reaching breakfast #64!

I love the combination of sweet AND savory for breakfast! That's why whenever I have pancakes, I have sure to pair it with a savory meat like bacon (best pairing!), longganisa, tapa or tuyo (strange but delish).

Wondering on how this recipe with sit well with gluten free flours though. I shall try it with chick pea / gram flour (which is the one I have in our pantry.

Midge said...

I love pancakes and I love Ruth Reichl - so this is definitely on my "must try" recipes list. (Have you read "Garlic and Sapphires"? It was the last three chapters that got me thinking I needed to pack up and move. It's grad school in Scotland come fall of this year and, after that, I'll pursue my dream of opening a cafe!)

ChichaJo said...

Hi anartechoke! Lucky you! I can imagine all the great pancake breakfasts you guys are enjoying :) This is a great one to have in your arsenal. That being said it is far from being "think heart" or healthy...they are very buttery, but really quite a treat!

Hi Grace! I really like this one...they are really buttery with crisp edges. A decadent pancake ;) I actually hardly spread any butter on them when I eat them, just syrup!

Hi Rosa! Thanks!

Hi Faye! Very very easy to make...won't take you longer than using a box mix!

Hi Didi! Thanks! Pancakes with something savory it perfect! I like to have them with bacon or sausage :) Not sure how this will do with gluten-free flour but let me know when you try!

Hi Midge! Me too on both counts! And yes I've read Garlic and Sapphires :) exciting!! Hope you keep us posted through your blog!

Laura Dembowski said...

Those pancakes look great! I am all about sweets for breakfast. There's something about them that just helps me wake up in the morning! I also love pancakes for dinner!

katiez said...

What a perfect stack of pancakes!

Junglefrog said...

What's the thing with men and savory breakfasts anyway? Mine likes savory better although he will eat pancakes when presented with them and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind these beauties. They look amazing!

Peejay said...

I love pancakes! fluffy ones, my wife doesn't like fluffy pancakes. i too use butter in my mix. I saw a tweet from Chef Jaime Oliver on his version of fluffy pancakes. haven't tried it out yet.

Eileen said...

Hooray for pancakes! I have to say, I also end up eating all the pancakes I make at our house most of the time. :) But that's ok--more for me!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Laura! I hear you! I think I can eat pancakes any time of day! ;)

Thanks Katiez! I enjoyed them! :)

Hi Simone! Maybe because they are not as sweet as we are? ;) :) Heehee :) Although I also enjoy a good savory breakfast!

Hi Peejay! Ooh! I love Jamie Oliver...will search for his pancake recipe...thanks for the tip!

Hi Eileen! Haha! I know the feeling!

Patricia Scarpin said...

My hubby doesn't like sweets in general - I hear your pain, dearie!
These pancakes look delicious - I would love having such a beautiful stack for breakfast!

Bob said...

Prettiest pancakes I believe I've ever seen. If they taste as good it's a winner.
Can't wait to try.
Thank you

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Hi Bob! Thank you :)

Tammy said...

I am going to try this pancake recipe tomorrow morning! Looks delicious!

Shalum said...
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Shalum said...

Oooh, thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm going to try that sometime. It's so cute how you've categorized your fave foods vis-a-vis the husband's. I just might try to do that too. Hihi.

Katrina said...

What a coincidence -- I just finished commenting on one of Lori's posts, also about pancakes! Unlike the CBTL pancakes she ate, though, which were the super thick, fluffy type, the ones you made here are closer to the type I grew up eating at home. I love the crispy edges and the fact that they're thin enough to eat more of! :-D

ChichaJo said...

Hi Shalum! Yup, his, mine, and ours :) :)

Hi Katrina! I love pancakes...all types :) But I must say these thin buttery ones with crisp edges are a favorite!

mabel said...

I love Ruth Reichl and I love pancakes, so obviously, I love this post! I like making all sorts of pancakes and this recipe I will definitely try. Thanks! :)

Gourmet Creations said...

PERFECT for Sunday mornings...light and tasty!

Alan said...

What a great looking pancake! This takes the ol' flapjack and turns it on its ear. Mutch more sophisticated, perfect for brunch for the "grown ups".

Mika said...

Hello!I tried your adopted pancake recipe the other hubby and my toddler likes it a lot! I made lemon curd with coconut milk instead of syrup to go with the pancakes.Its just yummy goodness! thanks Joey! :)

TryFoodLovers said...

I love Pancakes, so do my family. My kids love Pancakes with blueberry sauce and cream. Its yum...This crunchy pancakes with honey glazing looks delicious :)

Edwin said...

The link for Ruth's doesn't work anymore :(

ChichaJo said...

Hi Edwin! Thanks for letting me know...tried to find the recipe but can't seem to find it anymore :( Good thing I posted it here! :)

she said said...

Hi! I tried to make these pancakes today but they didn't come out well. I used Bob's Red Mill white flour and a stick of salted butter instead of unsalted and followed the rest of the recipe but the batter was too thin. I like my pancakes with crisp edges and not too fluffy but the ones I made turned out to be crepe like, in a bad way :P Help! What did I do wrong? The rest of the batter is sitting in the fridge and I'm contemplating if I should just throw it out and try again.

ChichaJo said...

Hi She Said! Sorry to hear they didn't turn out well :( The batter is quite thin but mine came out as you see them in the photo -- thinner than regular and crispy on the edges. What you can do is try decreasing the liquid (milk) little by little until you get the right consistency for you :) Hope this helps!

she said said...

Thank you so much! I'll try again : )