I simply cannot make good pancakes on the griddle. My past attempts on pancakes have been disastrous, I either burn them, or brake them, or both. And the house is covered with smoke and burnt smell, not pretty... I personally don't care for pancakes very much, but Andrew does, and so I make this every once in a while, normally on the weekends. This is also known as Dutch Baby Pancake. The batter is blended, transferred to an oven-proof skillet and baked in the oven. Almost impossible to mess up, and certainly less messy than making regular pancakes on the stove. The batter puffs up a lot, but it falls down as soon as it's removed from the oven, so it is important to be ready to eat it when it's finished baking.
To make it more interesting, I like to add fruits to the pancake. Here I chose sliced strawberries which were added to the batter in the skillet. I also added a list of possible variations for this same recipe, so try out a few. For toppings, I normally just use good Canadian maple syrup, but powdered sugar and lemon juice are popular options as well.
Skillet Pancake with Strawberry Recipe:
makes one 8 inch skillet
You will need:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup of strawberries, sliced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except for butter and strawberries in a blender. Make sure the flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the blender if necessary.
Melt the butter in a oven-proof skillet (I like using cast iron). Add the batter and the sliced strawberries. Transfer skillet to hot oven and bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes.
Serve immediately with maple syrup.
Cinnamon: add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. Skip strawberries.
Apple: slice 1/2 an apple and cook it on the melted butter until lightly golden. You may add a pinch of cinnamon to it. Skip strawberries.
Blueberry: use 1/2 cup of blueberries instead of strawberries.
Banana: add 1 sliced banana to the melted butter and cook it until golden, but still firm. You may add a pinch of cinnamon to it. Skip strawberries.
Chocolate chip: add 1/2 cup of your favourite chocolate chip to the batter in the skillet. Skip strawberries.
Chocolate: add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to the batter.
Plain: skip strawberries and top baked pancake with a squeeze of lemon juice and powdered sugar.