Easy Pancakes and Waffles from Scratch


I have been searching for some time for a simple waffle recipe. Everything I found had too many steps or used egg whites that had been whipped and then folded into the batter. Who wants complicated early in the morning when you are trying to get breakfast on the table? Then this morning I had an epiphany, why couldn’t I use my pancake recipe and just add a tad bit more oil? After all that exactly what the package mixes have you do. So, I set out to experiment with my recipe and got lucky with the first batch. Here is what the final product looked like. I had some waffles left over so I tried freezing them. I just took one out of the freezer, popped it into the toaster and let me tell you it came out as good as fresh made. I’ll include the freezing directions at the end of the recipe.

Easy Pancakes and Waffles from Scratch

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2  teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons cooking oil (4 tablespoons for waffles)

In a large bowl whisk together the egg, oil and milk. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until well moistened, if over mixed finished product will be tough.

Heat an oiled griddle or skillet over medium high heat. Test griddle by dropping a drop of water on griddle or skillet, water will sizzle and pop off of skillet if temperature is right. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle. Let set until the top looks dry and bubbled. Turn and allow other side to brown.

Since waffle irons are different, follow manufacturers directions for heating. Spray grids with cooking spray and then fill with a little more than 1/3 cup but less than 1/2 cup of batter (here again waffle irons vary, you may need to experiment to see what works for your waffle iron). Lift lid of waffle iron and check brownness after about 3 minutes; let waffle continue to cook until desired brownness.

Yields 8 four inch pancakes or 6 waffle squares

Freezing directions for waffles: Place on wire rack and let cool completely. Once completely cooled, put in freezer bag and freeze. To reheat, place in toaster and toast. You will probably have to toast longer than toast since it will be frozen.


Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

When Hubby and I first got married one of the things that he wanted me to cook for him was homemade biscuits. I had never made biscuits before, as far as I was concerned biscuits were something that you bought at the store in a can. However that just wasn’t the same for Hubby. In fact he told me that he knew how to make biscuits and when I learned how to make biscuits for him then he would make his biscuits for me.

Learning how to make biscuits from scratch was a struggle for me. I used Bisquick and several package mixes but they always came out heavy and hard as rocks. I got really discouraged and gave up, Hubby had to settle for 2nd best with frozen biscuits.

Then in early 2002 I was able to quit work and become a stay at home wife. With the realization that I had way to much time on my hands; I found that I needed to find something to do to occupy not only my hands but my mind too. That’s when I discovered that I really didn’t hate cooking as much as I always had thought I had.

One of the first things that I “tackled” was once again trying to learn how to make biscuits. I had the internet as a resource for finding the perfect recipe. What I discovered was that there wasn’t a perfect recipe, at least not one that was exactly what I was looking for. It did however give me a starting point to refine and define my own recipe. It’s taken me several years of trial and error but I finally came up with what Hubby and my grandchildren think are biscuits as good as any they have ever eaten. Oh, and as for Hubby making me biscuits, he didn’t know how to make them, that was just the ploy he used to goad me into learning how to make them….men, you can’t live with them and you can’t cut them up and use them as fish bait.

This recipe can be doubled but it is really hard to work with when doubled because of the size of the dough ball is really hard to knead; but it does freeze well. I’ve added the directions for freezing at the end of the recipe.

Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup milk

Combine all dry ingredient and blend well with whisk. Cut in butter until resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in milk until all comes together to form a dough ball. Turn out dough ball onto a heavily floured surface (I use wax paper). Let set for a couple of minutes and then knead for about a minute and then re-flour surface and pat out to about 1/2″ thick. Cut biscuits with floured biscuit cutter and place into ungreased baking pan. Form remaining dough into ball and repeat until all dough made into biscuits. This recipe will make approximately 12 biscuits. Bake in 425-450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. This recipe freeze well too. Just place your cut biscuits onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper and place cookie sheet into freeze making sure to keep level. Once frozen remove and place into a freezer bag and place into freezer. When ready to use just follow baking directions and bake only the amount that you need, you do not have to bake all of them at one time.

Happy eatin’!

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