$3.25 for 2 people: Blueberry Pancakes – no really, don’t stop reading yet they are good I promise! (EASY)
When it comes to pancakes, I am easily fooled. On Saturday mornings in college, I would roll out of bed and into the dining hall. While waiting in line, I would imagine the fluffy and delicious pancakes of my dreams and end up ordering them almost every time. They were actually just enormous slops of Bisquick lathered in sugar syrup, and I would end up eating only half and having a burrito an hour later.
When I started experimenting with cooking, pancakes were kind of the first thing that came after PB&J, grilled cheese, and eggs. But just like in the dining hall, they always ended up dry and tasteless, and usually I would have to force somebody else to help me eat them (“I’ve never tasted pancakes like these before… they are really… interesting, ” said my roommate at the time)
Well, I finally got it down. These are actually good enough to cook for your friends once you feel sufficiently old enough to have people over for brunch.
Blueberry Pancakes (fine, I stole this from the side of a Bob’s Red Mill Pastry Flour bag)
- 1 cup Pastry Flour (I think any flour is OK) ($0.25)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ($0.05)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder ($0.10)
- 1 Egg ($0.25)
- 1 cup milk (the fattier the tastier, of course) ($0.10)
- 1/2 cup yogurt (do not omit! This is the secret ingredient) ($0.50)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen OK) ($1.00)
- Butter / maple syrup ($1.00)
1) Combine Flour, baking sode, and baking powder in a large bowl
2) In a separate bowl, whisk together (or mix together with a fork) egg, milk, and yogurt. Yes, you have to do this in a separate bowl!
3) Pour liquid bowl into the powder bowl, and combine until it forms a nice batter
4) Heat a medium sized pan with a nice amount of olive oil (2/3 teaspoon?) and let it get hot
5) Throw some blueberries into your batter. You can also throw in some bananas if you are into that kind of thing
6) Put pancake shaped batter on the pan. The pan should be hot enough that it sizzles a bit. You can make different shapes if you like – I like to make the letter “A” for Andy. Just kidding
7) Let it sit for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip it and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. TIP: wait until you see a few bubbles form before flipping – that’s when you know it’s ready. The bottom should not stick to the pan at all
8) Serve hot with butter, and if you like maple syrup (I know it’s expensive but please use the real stuff!!) and / or yogurt. You are officially no longer the guy that only has beer and Cheerios at his house