Light as a Feather Pancakes

Light as a Feather Pancakes and Homemade Syrup (A Seat at the Table)

This is probably the recipe I’m most well-known for (although this Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad is probably a close second). I’ve posted it ages ago at the beginning of this blog, but figured it’s time for an update. This is the pancake recipe I grew up making, there’s lots of things you can have kids help with. When Sister and I were little we started by helping to make the syrup…we got to sit on the counter and eat the brown sugar lumps while helping to make the syrup. Then we were charge of beating the egg whites until they they formed stiff peaks. Eventually we had enough experience to take on the whole recipe. Growing up we always ate pancakes hot off the griddle, so I’ve actually never made this in a skillet. If you don’t have a griddle, you can make them in a skillet and keep them warm in a 200°F oven until ready to serve.

I love topping pancakes with peanut butter and syrup, but these feather-light pancakes are great with anything. What’s your favorite pancake topping?

Light as a Feather Pancakes (A Seat at the Table)

Light as a Feather Pancakes

Makes about 15 pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 T melted butter or canola oil (I’ve always used oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Homemade Syrup

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup water

To make the syrup, mix the brown sugar and flour together in a small saucepan. Add the butter and water and heat over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, and let boil for 1 minute, then reduce to low heat until ready to serve.

For the pancakes, measure out the milk in a measuring cup. Divide the eggs, with the egg whites going in a mixing bowl, and the yolks can be added to the milk. Add the oil to the milk and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pour in the milk mixture and mix well. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in the egg whites into the batter.

Heat a griddle to 375°F, grease with cooking spray or butter. Scoop pancakes onto the hot griddle. When bubbles form all over the pancake it’s time to flip it.

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