If you make batter and spread it around a pan and bake for a few seconds, you will get heaven. Crepes are the best proof of that. You mix eggs, and flour and water and milk, and bake it in batches and out comes something amazing. Pancakes are the same and this is my pancakes recipe.
There are of course differences between the two: pancakes are smaller, thicker and sweeter. They can also be fried a few at a time, while you can only make one crepe unless of course you have more pans.
There is another difference, though (other than the origins, of course). In my experience, crepe batter is not very forgiving. If it’s too thin, it’s going to break while baking. If it’s too thick, it won’t taste as good. And sometimes they’re too crunchy and sometimes they’re too fat, and sometimes they’re just not the way they should be. So you have to be very careful with crepes.
Pancakes? I’ve been known to use other kinds of flour (including buckwheat, spelt or simply wholewheat flour) and they were delicious. My recipe calls for eggs but I skipped them a few times and they were delicious. I added banana or apple and it was delicious. I used milk or yogurt instead of buttermilk and they still work. And I even added just the baking powder because I couldn’t get baking soda here and it still worked! It’s serious magic!
I don’t know where I have this recipe from. I think I made them with my mom- because I thought real crepes were too difficult and I didn’t have a good pan then. But those pancakes? Lovely!
And the best thing, the number of things to top them with are endless. Maple syrup, of course, is the most typical topping. But what about honey? Or jam? Or? ham, cheese? Gorgonzola works really great with those! Or bacon, because we all know that bacon works well with anything.
We also tried making them in different shapes, although some were involuntary.
Here, for example, is an apple-shaped pancake.
Here’s a pancake shaped like Poland (I must have been desperately home-sick when I was making them). If you need proof, here’s what Poland looks like.
And, we also made lace pancakes:
they’re so simple that even I could make them. You just need a squeeze bottle. You pour the batter in and squeeze away, creating all kinds of forms. Watch this video, it will help!
If you really want to get creative, you can use food coloring to make pancakes of many colors.
Enjoy making these pancakes, I love them!