Feeding the kids is always kind of crazy. They all love waffles, like the Vanilla Bean Belgian Waffles I posted in this blog. Some like French Toast, but some do not. The two oldest absolutely love pancakes. So, I’m posting a recipe here for real vanilla bean pancakes.
The great thing about pancakes is that they freeze so well. I like to make more than I need for a breakfast because I can use it later when we feed the kids “Breakfast for Dinner,” which is always a treat for them. (Or, for when my sixteen-year-old walks in from school and asks me to make her pancakes.)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-3/4 cups milk
2 tbsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup melted butter
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 vanilla bean
Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs and melted butter to the milk in a large bowl.
Slowly add the dry ingredients. Whisk to combine. Then, cut the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape the beans into the batter. Whisk again.
Allow the mixture to sit for at least ten minutes while the griddle heats. When I use the non-stick griddle, I don’t even use butter to make these.
Of course, you can serve them in the traditional manner…with pure maple syrup. But they are good many other ways, like with fresh blueberries and dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Feel free to use your imagination! Your options are limitless!