Pancakes are such a crowd pleaser; whether you love plain, chocolate chip, banana or blueberry, you’ll never say no to a fluffy sweet pancake for breakfast!
I’ve tried a lot of different recipes, and adapted them to my taste over the years, and think I have finally found one that turns out great every time. The base recipe is always the same, using yoghurt to create fluffy plain pancakes. You can then add the extras of your choice, such as chocolate chips, blueberries or chopped bananas. I never measure out the extras, I just add them in until I think it’s enough; that may not be very helpful but it’s just how I do it! 🙂
The yoghurt in to this recipe adds a really fluffy texture to the pancake, making them spongy almost like a cake. They keep well too, so if you make too many, just store them in the fridge and microwave them for 30 seconds to have the next day, they somehow taste even better then!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sunflower oil (or any vegetable oil of your choice)
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup natural yoghurt (full fat)
- 1/2 cup milk (I use semi-skimmed)
- chocolate chips (optional)
Start by mixing the yoghurt and the milk in a bowl. I use natural full fat yoghurt, but you can also use Greek yoghurt. I don’t recommend the no fat yoghurt in this case because it’s just too liquid and the consistency just won’t be right. Add in the eggs and mix well.
Now add the sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract and the flour a little bit at a time. Keep mixing well to ensure there are no lumps. Finally add in the sunflower oil and mix until you have a thick batter. You can now add in your extras, I chose chocolate chips this time. You could also go for sliced banana, blueberries, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and pour the batter using a ladle or a batter dispenser if you have one. I bought a batter dispenser not so long ago and it’s such a useful little tool, it helps create really perfect little round pancakes without any mess, so I’d recommend investing in one if you’re going to be making pancakes very often.
I don’t actually use any butter or oil on the pan for my pancakes, I find that with a good non-stick pan they don’t stick and they don’t need the extra grease, but if you’re worried about them sticking, just add some butter or margarine to the pan.
Cook them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until they’re golden brown and then just enjoy! If you made chocolate chip pancakes, try them with some fresh strawberries they’re delicious! If you made plain pancakes, then drizzle some maple syrup on top or some Nutella and enjoy!