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12-04-2004, 09:21 AM
I just received a new Black and Decker grill with 4 interchangeable plates. You can make 2 pancakes and 2 waffles at a time and I thought this would be perfect for the boys for breakfast before school but I don't want to make big batches I would just like to be able to do a couple at a time.
Does anyone have a recipe for waffles or pancakes that only make a few?
12-04-2004, 09:35 AM
Alton Brown has a great pancake/waffle mix of dry ingredients. You just add the liquid stuff when you are ready to make.
Waffles freeze really well so there is really no point in making up a small batch as any leftovers are delicious toasted or heated and it's nice for a quick snack or breakfast.
Frozen pancakes aren't quite as wonderful as waffles -- probably because toasting the waffle restores the characteristic crisp texture of the waffle. However, if you stack the pancakes between wax paper and freeze and then heat gently in a microwave oven, they still make a quite palatable and quick breakfast or snack.
I have the Alton "mix" recipe if you are interested.
12-04-2004, 11:09 AM
Blazedog would you mind posting the Alton recipe, it sounds perfect.
I have very little freezer space so it is hard for me to put extras in there, even as small as waffles.
12-04-2004, 11:22 AM
Is this the Alton Brown recipe that was mentioned earlier?
"Instant" Pancake Mix
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Yield: 3 batches of pancakes
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (check expiration date first)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to mix.
Use the mix within 3 months.
2 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups "Instant" Pancake Mix, recipe above
1 stick butter, for greasing the pan
2 cups fresh fruit such as blueberries, if desired
Heat an electric griddle or frying pan to 350 degrees F. Heat oven to 200 degrees F.
Whisk together the egg whites and the buttermilk in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the melted butter.
Combine the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour the liquid ingredients on top of the pancake mix. Using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don't try to work all the lumps out.
Check to see that the griddle is hot by placing a few drops of water onto to the griddle. The griddle is ready if the water dances across the surface.
Lightly butter the griddle. Wipe off thoroughly with a paper towel. (No butter should be visible.)
Gently ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle and sprinkle on fruit if desired. When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the pancake is set.
Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet and cover with a towel. Hold in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.
Yield: 12 pancakes
12-04-2004, 11:40 AM
I made a half recipe of these pancakes this morning and they were delicious! Very quick too - especially since I bought a bag of chopped macadamia nuts. The half-recipe made 8 3- to 4-inch pancakes (2 pancakes per serving). I used a #20 ice-cream/food scooper which was the perfect size.
BTW, I have found that any pancake recipe that calls for 2 eggs can easily be halved. It's the ones that have 1 egg and serve 8 that I have a harder time with. Blazedog's pancake/waffle mix idea is a great idea. I'm getting a Cuisinart Griddler - similar to your B&D grill - for Christmas (yes, I already know what I'm getting). So I might whip up a batch of the Alton Brown mix myself.
Vegetarian Times, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2004
Recipe From: Cook 1.0: A Fresh Approach to the Vegetarian Kitchen (Deborah Krasner)
Serving Size : 8
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg -- freshly ground
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs -- lightly beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter -- melted
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup macadamia nuts -- chopped
2 large bananas -- thinly sliced
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the buttermilk, eggs, and butter in a small bowl. Pour into the dry ingredients.
Stir all the ingredients together until they are just combined. It's ok if the batter is a bit lumpy. Don't overmix. Fold in the coconut and macadamia nuts.
Heat your skillet or pan to medium-heat and brush it with a bit of butter. When pan is ready (drop of water dances), pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto skillet.
Place about 3 to 4 extra-thin slices of banana on top of the pancake batter as it is cooking. Wait until the pancake bottom is deep golden in color, then flip with a spatula and cook the other side until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Top with sifted powdered sugar, if desired.
My notes: The recipe actually calls for "1 big handful" of the coconut and "1 big handful" of the macadamia nuts, so I estimated quantities when I entered in Mastercook. After making the recipe today, I didn't find anything I would change. Also, the recipe doesn't list the banana until the instructions, so "2 large" is my best guess on quantity.
12-04-2004, 04:21 PM
Well I was out at a cookie decorating class today and the recipe posted is the one I was thinking of.
Half would make six pancakes which doesn't seem like an inordinate amount for several people -- I think anything below one egg does get difficult :)
You could refrigerate the waffles/pancakes until the next day if even six are too many.
12-04-2004, 04:31 PM
Thanks Blazedog your cookie class sounds like fun!
I was originally thinking the recipes would be hard to split because of the eggs but that is a good point about looking for recipes with two eggs and then halving the recipes.
Thank yo for posting the recipe tholbrook they sound really good.
jms0310 thanks for finding the Alton recipe, I think for now this will be my first try since it seems so easy to whip some up in the morning.
Thanks to everyone for posting, now on to waffles.
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