I promised myself when I started this blog that if I failed to make a perfect meal, even if I failed MISERABLY, I would still post about it. Partially because I am, after all, rating recipes...and also because I know that every single person fails at cooking sometimes and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Disclaimer: I'm almost POSITIVE this failure was due to my own ineptitude, not the recipe. But I'll try it again soon and letcha know. ;)
So this recipe is from the Vegan Yum Yum cookbook. You can also find it on her blog's website, here: http://veganyumyum.com/2008/02/easy-weekend-pancakes/
Easy Weekend Pancakes
1 1/2 Cup Soymilk
1 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Oil
1 Cup Spelt (or all-purpose*) Flour
1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Extract (any flavor, I used orange, but vanilla is a no-brainer)
1-2 Tbs water, to thin batter if needed
Now here's what you do. You preheat the oven to 200 degrees and find an oven-proof plate. This will be so you can create your stack o' pancakes and keep them warm while you cook the rest of them. Nobody wants a cold little pancake on the bottom of a stack of pipin' hot pancakes. That's just awk.
Now, Lauren's pancakes were purposefully made in a blender so that you can store them overnight and have the batter all rarin to go first thing in the morning. It was already morning for me and I thought I could just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and have at it. Maybe this recipe gets it's magic from chilling overnight...
Things I did differently (that I won't do next time because I want to see if what I did was foolish / ruined this recipe):
1. I used coconut milk instead of soy milk. This usually isn't a problem for me, but who knows?
2. I used all-purpose flour and NO spelt flour.
3. I did not thin out the batter with water because the recipe mentioned to do that so as to thin out the batter that had thickened overnight, and I wasn't keeping the batter overnight.
So anywho, I mixed all the ingredients besides the water in a big bowl.
Then, I made some pancakes! :)
On medium heat, pour your batter into an ungreased nonstick skillet. You know what to do from here. :)
Unfortunately for me, I don't know what went wrong...maybe I should have thinned out the batter a little more. But my pancakes were thick, dense, oddly bubbly, and fall-apart-y. They also stuck to the pan.
Here's what I got:
Not so pretty. What a pathetic excuse for a pancake.
An awkward taste. Chewy, dense (not fluffy), and a little too sweet? Or something? Awkward. Possibly salvageable, but I will have to make a hella-thin pancake next time.
Ease of Preparation: 5/5
If it were a delicious meal, this would be my go-to breakfast treat because it's so quick....
You saw that blob, right? That is one pancake that will never be able to get a pancake date.