Southern Mom Loves: My Vanilla Spice Pancake Recipe + Pancake-Making Tips & Tricks!

My Vanilla Spice Pancake Recipe + Pancake-Making Tips & Tricks!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Today I'm sharing my family's favorite breakfast recipe: Vanilla Spice Pancakes. The batter is flavored with vanilla extract and spiced with cinnamon and ground cloves; We're not talking Holiday flavors here, but just the right amount to make those ho-hum pancakes into something absolutely delicious. I've also got some tried-and-true tips and tricks for making pancake breakfasts easier and for getting the perfect pancake (hint: if you haven't tried a cast-iron skillet for pancakes, you should!)


Pancakes are something that the whole family loves to have for breakfast, but let's just say I'm not really a morning person, so having ways to make these easy enough for hubby to fry up while I'm drinking my morning coffee is a huge plus. ;)


Luckily pancake batter, stored in an airtight container, can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. I like making a big batch and putting it in a store-and-pour container (like the one above). It makes frying them up that much easier. Just pop the top and pour the batter right into the hot pan. No muss, no fuss. You can also use a clean ketchup or syrup bottle!


My favorite pancakes ever have those crisped edges, you know the ones. There's nothing worse than a mouthful of mush and syrup, so these edges are a must for me. The only way I've been able to get consistently perfect edges is to use a cast iron skillet sprayed with cooking oil. Just spray lightly between each batch and you've got it made. 


If you haven't experienced cast iron cookware before, it takes longer to completely heat up (wait for it) but it cooks more evenly than any other cookware I've tried. With an electric stove, it always gets hotter right over the eye and cooler at the edges of the pan, but not so with cast iron. You'll have evenly cooked pancakes every time.


Another tip is on flipping. If you've never cooked pancakes before you can go through a lot of splatters or burned pancakes before you get the hang of telling when they're ready to flip. Wait for bubbles to appear on top and start popping and make sure the very edges are just dry enough to get a spatula under. Carefully flip and cook through on the other side and you'll have gorgeous pancake after gorgeous pancake.


Two words, guys: squeeze spread. It was actually something I didn't know I needed in my life, but now I'm not giving it up. Land O Lakes® Soft Squeeze Spread is a brand new product that comes in a convenient, easy-to-squeeze bottle. It's made with real butter and is perfect for little hands to squeeze, even right out of the fridge. Plus, it stays clean and crumb-free, which I didn't think possible in our house, lol!


Another great tip is to serve fresh fruit or fruit juice with pancakes. With all of those carbs, you can trick yourself into feeling a little less guilty! 


When it comes to the spices in this batter, the sky is really the limit. If you like more cinnamon, add more cinnamon. If you're not crazy about the taste of cloves, you can omit them altogether. Experimenting is the fun part and this is the recipe my family asks me to make again and again, but don't be afraid to have some fun with it!

Another tip: Never skimp on the quality of the Vanilla Extract or use a vanilla flavoring. It really makes a world of difference!


Vanilla Spice Pancakes
Source: Southern Mom Loves
Makes: Approximately 20 6" pancakes

Ingredients:
  • 4 c. baking mix
  • 3 c. milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves


Directions:
1. The batter is as easy as measure, add to a bowl, and whisk together.



2. Cook on medium heat until bubbly and just dry at the edge, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another minute.



Serve up a big stack with glasses of juice and/or fresh fruits and you have a complete meal.


Don't forget the melty, buttery flavor!



If you're sick of regular pancake syrup, try opting for Maple syrup, molasses, fruit syrups, or fruit spreads.


Enjoy!



You can find the brand new Land O Lakes® Soft Squeeze Spread at you local Walmart store in the dairy section. 


Make sure to grab this coupon and "Save $0.50 off ONE (1) Land O Lakes® Soft Squeeze Spread" (expires 12/31/18) before you hit the store!


Cooking delicious buttery fried eggs, making stacks of fluffy pancakes, or topping sweet corn on the cob has never been easier!


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Do you have a family-favorite pancake recipe? Will you be trying mine? Crispy edges, yay or nay? I love to read your comments!



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