Pancakes are a delight to have as breakfast. Whether you top them with syrup, fruit, whipped cream or other appetizing garnishes, pancakes could just make the perfect meal to help you start the day.
To make more delightful breakfast out of pancakes, it’s best to try a mix –such as Aunt Jemima (pancake mix) –that already packs the ideal proportion of dry ingredients. As a plus, you won’t have to endure a long cooking period since you can make fluffy and well-flavored pancakes from the Aunt Jemima pancake mix in less than 10 minutes.
Armed with the right ingredients and the step-by-step culinary tips, you’ll find it pretty easy to prepare Aunt Jemima pancakes that you and your family can have as breakfast.
What Are the Ingredients for Making Aunt Jemima Pancakes?
The ingredients to be considered for our Aunt Jemima pancake recipe are simply the essential constituents that would give the desired result in terms of flavor, texture and sweetness of the pancakes. Notwithstanding that these ingredients are essential, some of them can definitely be replaced with alternatives.
So, here’s the perfect blend of ingredients for an amazing result of Aunt Jemima pancakes:
- Vegetable oil: This constitutes the ingredients that give your pancakes the perfect taste. Applying the right proportion of veg oil gives your pancakes an appetizing taste. But if there’s no vegetable oil left in your pantry, melted butter would be a great alternative
- Milk: This is definitely one of the essential ingredients. If milk isn’t available, you can opt for buttermilk instead
- Sugar: Sugar may not seem like a very essential ingredient for the pancakes, but surely, it will add a bit of delight to the taste of the pancakes
- Vanilla extract: A nice ingredient you can consider in place of this is almond extract. Whether it’s vanilla extract or almond extra you’re adding to the pancake mix, the purpose of this addition is to boost the flavor of the pancakes
- Eggs: Adding eggs to the pancake mix lets you have fluffy pancakes. If you’re really eager to add fluffiness to your pancakes, you need to include eggs in your ingredients
To keep the ingredients in the right proportion, below is what we recommend for two cups of Aunt Jemima pancake mix:
- Vegetable oil –two tablespoon
- Eggs –two eggs
- Vanilla extract –one teaspoon
- Sugar –one tablespoon
- Milk –one and half cups (of milk)
The Aunt Jemima pancake mix –the principal constituent for making the pancakes in this recipe –is available across grocery stores. After picking up your own box of this (Aunt Jemima) pancake mix, you may check the back of the box for the cooking instructions. Even though it excludes vanilla extract, the recipe provided therein isn’t bad whatsoever. But if you really want to make the most cooking excellence with Aunt Jemima pancake mix, the recipe in this post is more than likely your best bet.
Once you have the pancake mix at your fingertips together with the ingredients mentioned earlier, you may proceed to our instructions for making Aunt Jemima pancakes.
Steps for Making Aunt Jemima Pancakes
- Get a small container –this is for blending the pancake mix and the other ingredients
- Scoop out the proportion of pancake mix you want to make
- Sift the mix into the small container
- Scoop the right amount of sugar onto the mix
- Add the other ingredients to the pancake mix –To do this, pick up a spoon (or spatula) and use it to create a well in the middle of the mix. Blend the other ingredients (oil, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs) and pour in the well
- Gently whisk the ingredients so that they combine well with the pancake mix to form pancake batter. Avoid mixing for too long so that you don’t end up with hard or chewy pancakes (after the entire cooking)
- Then, grab a skillet or frying pan
- Splash little butter (or some cooking spray) onto the pan. This will prevent the pancakes from sticking
- Heat the pan a little bit, for the butter to melt
- At this point, you can start scooping the batter onto the heating pan
- Depending on the size you want for the pancakes, consider using a small cup for scooping onto the pan
- Keep a spatula close by; the pancakes will bubble up and you’ll need the spatula for flipping them
- Flip the pancakes as deemed necessary (esp. when they start bubbling up) and continue to fry them till they reach the right cooking texture. This (texture) is marked by the browning of the pancakes. The pancakes should properly cook (or become golden brown) in 3 minutes, after which you should lift them off the pan
Topping Aunt Jemima Pancakes –What Should You Consider?
More often than not, it’s up to you to decide what you’d like to have as the topping of your delicacy. As for pancakes, a variety of garnishing (food) items would go well as toppings. Whipped cream, chopped fruit and chocolate chips are just some of the varying garnishes with which you can top Aunty Jemima pancakes.
If you prefer chopped fruit, you can opt for strawberries, blueberries or bananas. In another instance, you may feel like topping the pancakes with chopped nuts such as well-minced peanuts or walnuts.
Storing and Freezing the Pancakes –Here’s What to Do
Your leftover Aunt Jemima pancakes can be stored for a long time. You can as well freeze the pancake leftovers, as a way of storing them for long.
If you wish to store the leftovers for a considerably long time, reheating the pancakes is also necessary. Using a microwave, you should reheat the leftover pancakes for 20-30 seconds.
Before placing the pancakes in a freezer, try to get some wax paper. Cut the wax paper into pieces and arrange (the pieces) in between the pancakes. You may then stack the pancakes in a Ziploc bag (or other airtight bag-like container) before storing in the freezer.
Finally, to give you the best result, here are some of the clever tips you should bear in mind while making Aunt Jemima pancakes:
- Avoid excessively mixing the batter. If you stir the pancake mix and the other ingredients about 9 times, that should help generously blend them. Stirring them too many times can eventually leave you with chewy or (somewhat) hard pancakes
- While cooking the pancakes, avoid pressing them with the spatula. This is to avoid having overly flat pancakes
- Before blending the ingredients, sifting the pancake mix is recommended. While such sifting allows for pancake batter that is devoid of lumps, you may not deem it necessary
- To ensure the frying pancakes are of the same size, you may consider a measurement of ¼ cup for the pancake batter you’re scooping onto the frying pan
We’re pretty sure that you now have a real shot at how best to prepare Aunt Jemima pancakes. While we believe this recipe must have walked you through everything needed to excellently make pancakes out of the Aunt Jemima pancake mix, we suggest that you stir the pancake mix not more than 10 times. This is simply to avoid ending up with chewy pancakes.