8 Pancakes and Waffles

Pancake and waffle ideas from Food Network Magazine.
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Basic Pancakes

Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk 1 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 stick melted butter, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, then whisk into the flour mixture until just combined. Ladle 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot buttered skillet and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom.

Blini

Whisk 3/4 cup each all-purpose and buckwheat flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk 1 1/4 cups milk, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, then whisk into the flour mixture until just combined. Cook by tablespoonfuls. Serve with sour cream, smoked salmon and chives.

Berry-Topped Pancakes

Toss 3 cups mixed berries with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; let sit while you make Basic Pancakes. Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk 1 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 stick melted butter, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, then whisk into the flour mixture until just combined. Ladle 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot buttered skillet and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom. Top the pancakes with the berries and their juices.

Rum-Raisin Sundaes

Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt. Whisk 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, 1/2 stick melted butter, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, 1/4 cup plumped raisins, then whisk into the flour mixture until just combined. Ladle 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot buttered skillet and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom. Heat 1/4 cup syrup with 1 tablespoon rum and 1/4 cup raisins. Top the pancakes with ice cream and the rum syrup.

Dutch Baby

Mix 4 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 stick melted butter, 3 tablespoons sugar and a little vanilla in a blender. Melt some butter in a cast-iron skillet. Add 1 sliced pear, then the batter; bake at 375 degrees F, 35 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Classic Waffles

Whisk 2 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix in 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 5 tablespoons melted shortening and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Cook in a waffle iron until crisp.

Bacon-Pecan Waffles

Sprinkle 12 strips bacon with brown sugar and bake at 400 degrees F until crisp; cool, then crumble. Whisk 1 3/4 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix in 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 6 tablespoons melted shortening and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Add 1 cup candied bacon and 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the batter. Cook in a waffle iron until crisp. Top with more bacon and nuts.

Pistachio Waffles

Whisk 1 3/4 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix in 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 6 tablespoons melted shortening and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Add 1/3 cup chopped pistachios and 2 tablespoons orange zest to the batter. Top with honey, pistachios and orange zest.

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