Vanilla and Spice Pancakes

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
1 egg
2 TBSP white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
½ salt
Butter as needed for cooking

  1. Whisk all of the dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix in the egg and milk. Combine until there are no lumps in the batter.
  3. 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.