Saturday, April 7, 2007

Breakfast or Brunch: Pancakes

It has occurred to me that I haven't shared my pancake recipe yet. Pancakes are super-easy to veganize, and they taste virtually indistinguishable from the kind that use dairy.

You need:

• 1 1/2 c flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 c soy milk (plain or vanilla)
• egg replacer for 1 egg
• 1/4 c vegetable oil or plain applesauce
• margarine for pan frying, if desired

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add soy milk, egg replacer, and oil/applesauce. Stir to combine; batter will be a bit lumpy. Melt some margarine (about 2 tsp) in a frying pan or griddle over medium heat, if desired. Spoon about ¼ c of pancake mix onto pan for each pancake (more or less to your size preference). When the edges appear dry and the center bubbles a bit, flip the pancakes. They won’t need to cook long on the other side; remove them when the second side looks golden. Keep cooking pancakes like this until the batter is gone. Enjoy!

There are lots of variations on this recipe, too. You can substitute whole wheat or spelt flour for white flour (you might need to add a little more soy milk to thin out the batter a bit) for whole grain pancakes. You can add about 1/4 tsp of vanilla and some chocolate chips for chocolate chip pancakes; or blueberries for blueberry pancakes (with a little lemon zest if you're feeling it, yum); or 1 tsp (more or less to taste) cinnamon for cinnamon pancakes. I've also had decent results substituting water for soy milk and/or omitting the egg replacer when I didn't have either of those ingredients on hand.

Another hint: a lot of store-bought pancake mixes don't have dairy products in them, and if you omit the eggs or use egg replacer you can usually make them as-is.


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