Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grandma’s Skinny Pancakes

Growing up, these pancakes were legendary in my house. While the rest of the neighborhood was making big, thick, fluffy, (and in our opinion, dry) box mix pancakes, my mother was making these creamy, buttery crepe-like gems. My brother added skinny to the name to insure that he would get the butter smothered pancakes that he loved. (note: skinny has nothing to do with the calorie count.) My mom would make them a few times a week and we couldn’t get enough of them. Many a sleep over plan was contrived to fall around the pancake schedule.

The original recipe is said to have from my dad's mother. The way my father tells the story is that my mom didn’t know how to cook when they first married. He then got his mom to teach my mom this recipe.

My children grew up loving Grandma’s Pancakes, and so here it is. . .

Grandma’s Skinny Pancake Recipe
Serves : 2-4     makes 8 pancakes                                      Prep Time: 10 min                                  Cook Time:10 min
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Real vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Butter for pan, whipped butter for serving

Mix ingredients in blender just until smooth. Cover batter and let rest at least 10 minutes or up to 1 day chilled.
Add a teaspoon of butter to nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.  Pour ~1/4cup of batter into pan and swirl to spread across bottom of pan.  These pancakes are only slightly thicker than a crepe.  Cook until the edge of pancake is light brown and the top is bubbled and just set,  about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Loosen edges gently with spatula.  Carefully turn pancake over. Cook until bottom begins to brown in spots, about 30 seconds. Transfer to plate. Cover with towel to protect from grabbing fingers. Repeat with remaining batter.
Grandma always serve with lots of room temperature whipped butter.  Also, very good with warmed, REAL Maple Syrup or homemade preserves.

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