I just realized that we don't have the family pancake recipe on here. I sometimes need to check it or give it to other people, so I'm going to upload it verbatim how Mom sent it to me back when I was living in the dorms. I prefer to add baking soda and acid as per the directions below - I'm sure we all have our own variations.
Mom's Famous Pancakes
Combine dry ingredients in bowl:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon, cardomom, ginger (optional)
handful of nuts (optional)
Combine wet ingredients in something else:
2 cups milk
2 tbsp. oil or melted butter
Mix blended wet ingredients into blended dry ingredients, but do not overmix. Have the griddle fairly hot, so they cook quickly, but do not burn. Paint or apply vegetable oil to surface before each batch. Fruit may be added to the pancakes as you go (blueberries, banana slices, etc.)
Flip them as soon as they look ready - usually, small bubbles will appear, they will start steaming, but check as you go, as each stove is different. If they are thick, turn down the heat and let them bake so they are not burnt and uncooked at the same time. You get the idea.
These proportions lend them well to doubling, tripling, increasing by a factor of .75, etc., as you can see: everything is two of something. I usually make 3's when everyone is home. It makes a lot. If you add a little lemon juice to the milk, you have buttermilk. Then add a little baking soda to the flour, and they will be very light and fluffy.
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