Have you ever had the cheap, fake vanilla extract that's water with food coloring, alcohol, and sugar? The J.R Watkins' brand is the exact opposite of that.
I was pretty thrilled when I was sent pure vanilla extract and baking vanilla, which has even more extract flavor, to test out. I decided to bring luxury into something pretty common - lobster mac and cheese anyone? - in order to really see this ingredient shine.
You can go two ways with pancakes: making them plain jane so the syrup is the only thing you taste, or letting the pancake have full flavor, only needing a touch of butter and honey. I chose the latter, having the fragrant vanilla paired with the warmth of nutmeg and cinnamon. Winning!
Vanilla and Spice Pancakes
About 8 medium sized pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup milk
2 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
Butter as needed for cooking
- Whisk all of the dry ingredients together.
- Mix in the egg and milk. Combine until there are no lumps in the batter.
- In a medium heat pan, add a sliver of butter (this helps to brown the pancake). Immediately add about 1/3 cup of the pancake batter. Leave alone until there are bubbles forming in the pancake, then flip. Repeat until the batter is gone. Serve hot with butter and honey.