Possibly due to my obsession with Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Cosmos I can only see these babies each one as a tiny universe; light, airy, studded with a thousand tiny stars winking up at you from the plate. These pancakes are magical, easy, and you probably already have all the ingredients at home.
1 cup AP flour
1/2 cup bread flour
3 heaped tsps baking powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar (1/2 tbsp for savory style pancakes)
1 egg (let warm to room temp)
1 1/3 milk (also let warm to room temp)
3 tbsps salted butter (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract for sweet breakfast pancakes (omit for savory pancakes you plan to stuff with pork and cheese)
First, take out the egg and the milk so they can warm up. This step is worth it because the pancakes are SO MUCH FLUFFIER this way. Next, pop the butter in the microwave or over the stove top to melt. In a large bowl sift together the flours and baking soda and salt and sugar. Sift them again. Set aside for a moment. Next, crack the egg into a small bowl and beat lightly, just to break the yolk a bit. Add melted butter to the egg and beat lightly again. If you’re using the vanilla, add it to the milk and then pour both into the egg and butter mixture and beat lightly again, so it’s all incorporated. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and whisk until just smooth, try not to over-whisk or your batter will be dense. The batter will be pretty runny, almost like a crepe batter, but it’s ok. These are going to be awesome.
Heat a tiny slab of coconut oil over medium in a small frying pan. Using a small ladle or a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter into the hot pan. Each pancake should be about the size of the palm of your hand. Cook on that side for a few minutes, until the edges go a bit opaque. Flip carefully and cook for another few minutes on the other side, watching the steam rise from all the lacy holes you’ve created by making such a light airy batter. When both sides are golden and star-studded, move to a plate (or eat them all standing up one by one as you make them, as I did). This recipe makes 10-12 smallish pancakes and each one will be even better than the last. You won’t think it’s possible, but you’ll see! We have them with syrup and honey and goat cheese and lemon and jam and parsley and pepper. We also have them with breakfast sausage and shredded pork and cilantro and fried onions and bananas and nutella. Not all at once, but, point is, now you’ll want all your other foods delivered to you on this little cloud of pancake heaven, and all of them taste marvelous.