Monday, March 16, 2020

Isolation Opportunity for Creating a Richer Family Culture Idea #1: Pancakes

Every Sunday we try to make pancakes. It doesn't happen every Sunday, or even close, but this new isolation makes me want to stick to it because everyone appreciates it so much.

Making something a weekly makes it an instant family tradition.

These ones are a little yellower than usual because I didn't have enough flour so I added corn flour instead. Even more in theme with isolation.

Here is our recipe:

2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, whites and yolks separate
2 1/4 cups room temperature milk
4 tblps semi-melted butter

Mix dry ingredientes. Add egg yolks, milk and butter and mix with electric mixer. Beat egg whites separately until fluffy. Gently fold in.

Grease a frying pan with oil and heat up on medium heat. Now is the part where practice makes perfect. It should be hot enough to create bubbles and make the bottom light brown (flip it then) but not to hot to make it dark Brown and burnt on the bottom.

Whip some cream separately (it helps to chill package of cream and bowl you're going to beat it in in the fridge first). Serve with cream and honey if you are in Portugal and maple syrup if you are lucky enough to be in North America. ;)

Master list here:


  1. Hi, Julie! It is a great idea, of course, to give extra time to cooking and to family life. I thought you would enjoy Niall's recipe, which he wrote on a comment on our old blog Uma Família Católica, on an article I called exactly... Panquecas:

    So here is the recipe for Power pancakes:

    Take three or four small lively children just before 7:00am and put them on stools at the sideboard. Give each of them a wooden spoon. Take one large bowl and a bag of flour. Give each child a turn at pouring in some flour. Hoping for the best, now take two or three eggs and ask the children to "share" them by breaking them into the flour. Then take a litre of milk, and, taking care to ensure each child has blown his nose and cleaned his/her hand, pour in the milk slowly, with the four wooden spoons whizzing around. Try to avoid making a mess (good luck with that part!). Add a pinch of salt, give each child a turn to shake in some cinemon and hope that the mixture turns it what resembles a heavy liquid. Remove the children and heat the saucepans to a high temperature. With luck, other family members will have arrived in the kitchen and can keep the children occupied with milk etc. while the pancakes cook two by two. Finally, never forget to make a complete fool of yourself by trying to turn the pancakes by throwing them in the air and catching them in the pan. Add chocolate spread or other messy toppings and call it fun (if you dare!).