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Every recipe I have tried never tastes as good as bisquick pancakes. Do you make yours from scratch or use a mix? Any one have any good pancake recipes?
 

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From scratch! Once you find a good recipe, you'll never go back to the mixes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Here are a few to get you started on your quest; they are all very different, but all very good. I'm assuming you know the basic method for making pancakes: mix the wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine, then cook, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><b>Buttermilk Pancakes</b><br><br>
1 c. a/p flour or a mix of a/p and w/w<br>
1/2 t. baking soda<br>
dash salt<br>
2 T butter, melted<br>
1 1/4 c. buttermilk or kefir<br>
1 egg<br><br><b>Apple Pancakes</b><br><br>
1/2 c. applesauce or 1 medium apple, peeled and cored<br>
2 T apple juice concentrate<br>
2 T oil or melted butter<br>
1 c. milk, buttermilk or kefir<br>
1 egg<br><br>
(whiz these in a blender to puree the apple if you use a whole apple)<br><br>
1/2 c. EACH w/w and a/p flour<br>
3 t. baking powder<br>
1/4 c. wheat germ<br><br><b>Sweet Potato-Corn Cakes</b><br><br>
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato, pumpkin, or winter squash<br>
1 egg<br>
1 T veg oil or melted butter<br>
1.5 c. milk or kefir or a combination<br>
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour<br>
3/4 cup cornmeal<br>
3 t. baking powder<br>
1/2 t. baking soda<br>
1/4 c wheat germ<br><br>
HTH! Have fun experimenting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Every recipe I have tried never tastes as good as bisquick pancakes. Do you make yours from scratch or use a mix? Any one have any good pancake recipes?</div>
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Scratch, but I have to say I don't have a recipe, for two reasons:<br>
1) they're different every time<br>
2) DH usually is the one who makes them.<br><br>
THe biggest thing, I think, is to not overmix! Beating them too hard makes them tough and leathery and they won't rise nicely. Alton Brown has a good show about that (if you google "alton brown pancake recipe" it will probably come up.<br><br>
Beyond that, fresh ingredients (don't use old tired flour/soda/baking powder) are also key.<br><br>
Most of our pancakes start from the basic recipe in the Fannie Farmer cookbook, but DH subs in whole wheat for part of the flour, or yogurt/buttermilk (for the buttermilk variation), or pumpkin puree, or mashed banana (pureed fruits and veggies count toward the total liquid in the recipe, generally, but they also affect the starchiness). And they're almost always delicous -- and unlike Bisquik, they're trans-fat free <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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From scratch here. I use the Joy of Cooking's recipe:<br>
1.5 c. flour (can sub some whole wheat)<br>
1 t. salt<br>
3 T. sugar<br>
1.75 t. baking powder<br>
1 or 2 slightly beaten eggs<br>
3 T. melted butter or oil<br>
1 to 1.25 c. milk<br>
Mix dry in one bowl, wet in another, then mix together until just combined.<br><br>
Try letting the batter sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking--I read this tip once and I think it makes fluffier pancakes.<br><br>
I loooove pancakes. Sometimes we have them for lunch or dinner, which delights my son.
 

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On the same note as the OP, I'm not really a pancake person but when I do eat them they have to be Bisquick pancakes. If I make them from scratch they are fluffy and light which is gross. I like that Bisquick pancakes are a little denser. Is there a homemade recipe that replicates this?
 

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I tried P-chan's Joy of Cooking's recipe last night and VikingKvinna's Apple Pancakes this morning. I am happy to report they both turned out great!<br><br>
Thank you all for the great tips! I think I was mixing them wrong before when I tried from scratch. I didn't think it would make that much difference.<br><br>
I am so glad I don't have to buy bisquick any more. One step closer to eating healhier and making everything from scratch.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">From scratch here. I use the Joy of Cooking's recipe:<br>
1.5 c. flour (can sub some whole wheat)<br>
1 t. salt<br>
3 T. sugar<br>
1.75 t. baking powder<br>
1 or 2 slightly beaten eggs<br>
3 T. melted butter or oil<br>
1 to 1.25 c. milk<br>
Mix dry in one bowl, wet in another, then mix together until just combined.<br><br>
Try letting the batter sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking--I read this tip once and I think it makes fluffier pancakes.<br><br>
I loooove pancakes. Sometimes we have them for lunch or dinner, which delights my son.</div>
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We use this one, too, and it's the best one I've ever found. Sometimes if I have an overripe banana hanging around I'll mash it and add to the batter.
 

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We haven't had pancakes in a *long* time due to DD's milk allergy. But - when we did make them we found the secret to be in using whole milk (or cream) and real butter. The higher milkfat content is what seemed to make the flavor difference for us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am so glad I don't have to buy bisquick any more. One step closer to eating healhier and making everything from scratch.</div>
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Amen, mama! I ditched bisquick a while back because of the sodium content. Good for you!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
OT: On the bisquick-free front, I can also wholeheartedly recommend Joy of Cooking's quick drop biscuit recipe.
 

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we use the joy of cooking recipe, too, but we use half the milk and substitute yogurt for the other half. it makes the pancakes really moist.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Amen, mama! I ditched bisquick a while back because of the sodium content. Good for you!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
OT: On the bisquick-free front, I can also wholeheartedly recommend Joy of Cooking's quick drop biscuit recipe.</div>
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A biscuit recipe was going to be my next thread. We buy the canned pillsbury ones. I tried making biscuits with bisquick and from scratch (alton brown recipe). Neither turned out very good.<br><br>
Can I borrow the Joy of Cooking recipe from someone. I might have to just buy that cookbook. DH says I have too many already, but I only have about 5 cookbooks. You can never have enough, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Trotter, I'll post that biscuit recipe when my babe wakes up (nak). But the topic might merit a whole thread unto itself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ms. B. Sprout, I went ahead and started a new thread for biscuits.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=8003299#post8003299" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...99#post8003299</a><br><br>
Thank you for all your help!
 
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