These pancakes are from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food (2006) and are an easy recipe for pancakes any day (or night) of the week. Pancakes from scratch are a fabulous recipe to begin teaching children the basics of cooking. They don’t have a lot of ingredients but you’ll use your measuring cups, measuring spoons, and mixing bowls so the kids will learn the different measurements and how to get just what you need for the recipe. You’ll also be using basic cooking utensils such as a mixing spoon, whisk, and perhaps a ladle. Always supervise the cooking as the skillet is hot! When the pancakes are done, enjoy sharing them with your little cooks and watch how proud they are when they present you with a nice stack of heaven.
Easy Basic Pancakes
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees f; have a baking sheet or heat-proof platter ready to keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).
Heat a large skillet or griddle (non-stick or cast iron) over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half and moisten with oil; carefully rub the skillet with oiled paper towel.
For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet, using the back of the sppon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet)
Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. If they are burning before the bubbles appear, turn the heat down a bit. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven. Continue with more oil and the remaining batter. You should have 12 to 15 pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.
This Pear-Spice Bundt Cake recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart and can be found in her baking cookbook in our store. For those of you who have been in the store on any given Saturday, you know that we nearly always provide a sweet goodie and fresh coffee for our visitors. We either make something from scratch or purchase freshly baked goods from our local grower’s market. Over the years, we’ve served this cake in the store several times because we’ve found it to be a reliable, easy-to-make recipe. For a link to the original recipe on the Martha Stewart website, click HERE.
Pear-Spice Bundt Cake
10 minutes cooling
In a saucepan, spread granulated sugar in an even layer. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until sugar around edge of pan melts and begins to turn golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir until all sugar has melted and mixture is translucent and golden.
Add pear chunks to caramel, and stir to coat. Cook, covered, over low heat until very soft, 6 to 8 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. Using a potato masher, mash pears until they are broken down but still slightly chunky. Continue cooking, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch (12-cup capacity) Bundt pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, baking soda, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. With mixer on the lowest speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour. Add reserved pear sauce and mix to combine, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with a small offset spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is a deep golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Invert cake onto a wire rack set over a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool 10 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Once cool, pour your favorite glaze over the top, letting some drip down the sides. Alternatively, dust with confectioners' sugar.