Pancakes -- An American Specialty

panquecas americanas





From: Regina
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:48 PM

Subject: Re: Notícias

From: Martha
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:48 PM

Subject: Re: Notícias

I had never made pancakes before except from a mix.  What I discovered is that these pancakes are the best I have ever eaten.



The photos are nice, but there are some ingredients that I do not have here, as red raspberries or baking powder, by the way, what is baking powder?

It is interesting that I thought that you were doing sweet pancakes and then you ate them with salad and bacon, it sounds strange for a Brazilian but at the same time give me a wish to taste them.



Do you have a flour sifter?



(From Joy of Cooking which is a classic American (USA) cookbook:

Make the batter ahead of time, then let it rest for 3-6 hours by covering it and placing it in the refrigerator.

If you use stiff egg whites in the batter, do not let it rest. Use the batter right away.

Prepare the grill or frying pan with oil and heat until it is very hot before putting in the batter. You can test whether the grill is hot enough by dropping a tiny amount of water on the hot surface. If the water sizzles instantly into steam, the surface is hot enough.

The bubbles are a good sign. They show that the batter is cooking at the right temperature.

It looks OK.
Stir it just enough to blend the ingredients.

It is supposed to be lumpy.

Use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.

Let the batter flow off the point of the spoon onto the grill for a smooth, well-formed pancake. Don't drop the batter onto the hot surface.

Second side is cooking now.

Martha's Comments

The batter is supposed to be lumpy.  When the ingredients are combined, one mixes them together quickly and not for very long with a spoon.  Otherwise, the pancakes may be tough.

Today, after I spooned the batter into the frying pan, I sprinkled chocolate chips onto some of the pancakes and raspberries onto some of the other pancakes. You can use sliced fruit or berries -- anything you like.  You can use a little sprinkled cinnamon on top with some sugar sprinkled on as well.  You can make the pancakes as a dessert, or you can make it one of your main dishes as I did.

You only want to turn the pancakes once, so it is important to see the bubbles.  The bubbles show that the pancakes are cooking properly.  If the griddle or frying pan is the right temperature, the first side will be done in approximately 3 minutes.

My finished pancakes are served with melted butter (which you can see if you look carefully) and pure maple syrup.  If you can't obtain maple syrup, any fruit syrup will do.  I like to have pancakes with bacon.  And then I offered a large green salad with a garlic and blue cheese vinaigrette.

Very, very delicious
and it only took three hours

Next time will be much faster.