I believe that pancakes are supposed to be super easy to make, however mine never turn out fat, fluffy and golden brown like the pictures. My pancakes usually end up soggy in the middle and flat, and if I let them cook any longer they turn very golden brown!
Whatever I do wrong when I make pancakes, I consistently do it wrong (I did have a few exceptions with pumpkin, chocolate chip and peanut butter pancakes). So I stopped following recipes and bought a box of pancake mix – all I needed to do was add water.
My first batch from the box pancake mix were fluffy, but they were still soggy inside and too golden brown on the outside, how disappointing! I read a bit closer on the box and found a useful tip – use shortening instead of butter or oil to grease the pan with when you’re making pancakes because shortening doesn’t burn as quickly. I would try this the next time I made pancakes.
Following a recipe which was on the back of the box, I made apple cinnamon pancakes. To make this, the pancake mix is made the regular way with the addition of water, but applesauce and cinnamon were also added to the mix. And I used shortening to grease the pan.
The result? One batch of the best pancakes I’ve ever made! Because the pancakes didn’t burn as fast (due to the shortening), the insides of the pancakes were able to cook completely. The pancakes were one of the fattest and fluffiest ones I’ve seen. The applesauce and cinnamon gave the pancakes a nice flavor, and was an instant favorite of my 2-year-old son’s.
I’m pretty sure that if you’d like to try the applesauce and cinnamon flavor, it should be able to mix into any plain pancake mix – whether a box mix or a homemade mix – without a problem. For a batch of 12 pancakes, you need to add 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. I used unsweetened applesauce.
Pancakes are great for breakfast, but I never am awake enough to prepare them in the morning! Our apple cinnamon pancakes ended up being dinner for us! :)