Right around the time I made this blog I embarked upon an important mission: The quest to create one pancake recipe to rule them all, or at least one that could be my go-to for most of my pancake needs.
Historically I rather suck at pancakery. For years I used the same recipe, only to find that over time, for reasons unknown, it became less and less satisfying; every time I made it the returns diminished more and more. Surely, I thought, with dozens of cookbooks and the whole internet at my disposal I could come up with a recipe that was delicious and reliable!
I went through my cookbook library and a ton of vegan food blogs and collected well over a dozen recipes that fit my criteria:
- 1 – The recipes all had to use the same general set of ingredients, which had to be easy to find pantry staples, not stuff I’d have to buy special just for pancaking.
- 2 – The recipes had to be for a regular, nonflavored pancake – what you’d call “buttermilk” in omnivorous circles. If I wanted, say, pumpkin pancakes, I’d have to find a different recipe.
- 3 – The recipe had to serve 1 person generously – when I make pancakes I want to EAT SOME DAMN PANCAKES. In that regard at least I was set; I’m really good with fractions, so sizing a recipe up or down would be easy work.
I took those dozen recipes and put them in a file in my Paprika app. I then made a chart of all their ingredients, comparing and contrasting the amounts and any specific recommendations on brand or method. From this I compiled a single recipe from the chart and started experimenting.
Right away a problem presented itself: a lot of the recipes had way too much baking powder, which leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. The first two iterations of the Grand Pancake had at least a teaspoon too much, but I didn’t want to cut it down any more than I had to or the pancakes wouldn’t rise enough. Pancakery is tricky; you want to get a quick, significant rise without damaging the flavor, and you have to be careful not to overdevelop gluten in the batter and make the cakes tough and chewy. Leavening balance is key, as is technique – and technique always tended to be where my suckery reared its ugly head.
However, after two more attempts, I found what I believed to be the right balance, and by now, I’ve made this recipe at least six times with tasty, reliable results. Thus I am prepared to share with you…*drumroll*…the Grand Unified Pancake Theory!!!
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