Fluffy Fluffy Pancakes
Confession time: I could smash out a giant stash of pancakes by myself – I love them thick but light and fluffy. I found inspiration for this recipe on the blog “Goddess of Scumptioness” and started playing around with adding cornstarch to my all purpose flour to lighten it (you could probably just use cake flour but I very rarely have that just sitting in my cupboard). When I sift the flour, I hold the sifter up high, because years ago somebody who makes a lot of sponge cakes suggested that to me as it creates a lot of aeration. I also cook these over lower heat because they’re so thick and I don’t want the outside to burn before the inside is cooked. EDIT: I had a bit of feedback that the batter seemed a bit thick so I increased the milk from 1 to 1 1/4 cups but I think it’s really dependent on the type of flour you use and how accurate you are when measuring with measuring cups.
1.5 cups flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp vinegar
1 1/4 cup milk, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup melted butter
Butter for cooking
Add vinegar to the milk and allow to sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes.
Sift the flour, cornstarch, icing sugar, baking powder into a bowl. Try to hold the sifter high to aerate the mixture. Sift the mixture into another mixing bowl at least one more time. I also like to use a whisk to mix everything together afterwards to really ensure good aeration.
In another bowl whisk together the milk mixture, vanilla extract, egg and melted butter till well combined.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients in the well. Mix everything together till just combined, don’t over mix it as it makes the pancakes tough.
Heat some butter in a small frying pan over medium heat, pour a heaped ¼ cup of batter into the frying pan and cook till bubbles just appear on top. Flip and cook the pancake for another 1-2 minutes. Put on a plate and keep in a warm oven whilst cooking the rest of the pancakes.
Serve with your favourite pancake toppings.
Note: Australian sized cups and measuring spoons