How To Make Pancakes Without Eggs: All You Need To Know
Don’t you just love having pancakes for breakfast? Pancakes are a great fluffy substitute to crunchy toast if you feel like having something sweet for breakfast. They are also rather quick and easy to make, and pairs well with other types of breakfast food such as bacon and fruit.
If you want to learn how to make pancakes without eggs, do read on because I will teach you a simple recipe for eggless pancakes. This recipe doesn’t stray too far from your usual pancake recipe, so don’t be hesitant to try it. By the end of this article, you will hopefully be ready enough to start whipping up a batch of pancakes in your kitchen.
Making Pancakes Without Egg
So you plan on making a batch of pancakes in the morning, but once you get to your kitchen, you find that you don’t have any eggs left to make your pancake batter. What will you do then? Fortunately, even though eggs are essential ingredients when it comes to making pancakes since it helps make pancakes richer, you can still make pancakes without the use of eggs.
What You Will Need
To make yourself a batch of eggless pancakes, you will need to prepare the following ingredients and materials:
¾ CUP WHOLE MILK
You can get a carton of whole milk from your local supermarket. There’s no particular type of whole milk for this recipe, so if you want, you can use low-fat whole milk to make some pancakes.
If you are using milk that comes from an opened carton, make sure that the milk you are using is still fresh. If you find any unpleasant odors coming from your milk box, throw it away and don’t risk tasting it.
1 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
Flour is an essential part of the batter. Flour is what makes for a soft and chewy cake-like feel when you create pastries. You can easily get a hold of all-purpose flour from your local supermarket as well.
You won’t be needing any specific brand for this recipe, so going with the first one you see at the supermarket’s shelf will do you just fine.
2 TABLESPOON MELTED BUTTER
You will need butter to bring all of the ingredients together and to lightly grease the pan so that your pancakes will not get ruined by being irremovable from the pan.
You can use whatever type of butter you prefer, may it be salted or unsalted, as long as it is butter you will do just fine. If your butter is frozen, leave it at room temperature a couple of minutes before you cook just to soften it up.
2 TABLESPOON SUGAR
You will need to use sugar to end up with sweet tasting pancakes. You can use whatever type of sugar you want, may it be white, brown, granulated, or not.
However, when using brown sugar, do keep in mind that you may need to use more since brown sugar doesn’t taste as sweet as white sugar. Instead of using two tablespoons, use four instead if you are going with brown sugar.
¼ TABLESPOON VANILLA ESSENCE
To add a nice flavor to your pancakes, you will need a couple of drops of vanilla essence. You can easily get some food flavoring from your local supermarket. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you may even want to add in other food flavorings such as lemon.
But do be mindful about the proportions when using food flavorings. Food flavorings tend to be concentrated with flavors, so only add it little by little to avoid ending up with an overwhelming taste
Tip: Vanilla Extract could be used for better taste. For more information about the benefit of Vanilla Extract, read my article on what does vanilla extract do?
½ ENO FRUIT SALT
Eno fruit salt will help make your pancakes become fluffy and airy. You can get your hands on some Eno fruit salt from Indian food stores or from your local supermarket.
If you are not familiar with Eno fruit salt, it is a simple ingredient used to add texture to foods in Indian cuisine. It is fairly cheap, and you won’t really need much so don’t hesitate to get one for yourself.
For this recipe, you will need a fine sifter to make sure that your batter will end up smooth. If you have a choice between a small and a large sifter, do use the large sifter instead for increased efficiency.
Choosing a rather small sifter may leave you continuously putting in the flour spoon by spoon, which can be very tedious and time-consuming.
If you don't have a sifter yet, go read my comprehensive guide on how to choose the best flour sifter. You will know about sifter more than 90% of people on our planet.
You can use any frying pan you want when cooking this recipe. However, if I have to make a recommendation, do go with a large round frying pan with a non-stick surface for easier flipping.
If possible, use a shallow pan with low skirts so that you will be able to use your spatula without ruining the sides of the pancake as you try to flip it. You should also choose a pan that is flat for even cooking.
Tip: Another option is to use a griddle. It can help you cook your pancake much easier than a stove. Even more, a griddle enhances its taste! You can read my article on how to choose the best pancake griddle to learn more about it.
What You Should Do
Step 1: Sift The Flour
Using your sifter, sift your flour into a clean bowl or container. Sifting your flour will make sure that you end up with a smooth batter that you can easily mix.
Step 2: Add The Milk And Sugar
Once the flour has been sifted into a container, you should now add the milk and the sugar to the flour. Mix it well and make sure that there are no pockets of air trapped inside the container.
Step 3: Add The Butter And Flavoring
After mixing the milk, sugar, and flour together, you should now put in the melted butter and the vanilla essence to the mix. Once again, mix all the ingredients thoroughly, and make sure that your batter is free of lumps.
Step 4: Add The Eno Fruit Salt
The last ingredient you will have to put in your container is the Eno fruit salt. Simply sprinkle it over your batter and mix is well with the other ingredients.
Step 5: Let The Batter Rest
One common mistake a lot of people commit when making pancakes is not letting the batter rest. Once you have mixed your batter thoroughly, leave it aside to rest for 3 minutes up to 5 minutes.
Step 6: Heat And Grease The Pan
Place your frying pan on the stove, and set your stove at low to medium heat. Once the pan is hot enough, place the butter into it and make sure that the surface of the frying pan is thoroughly greased.
Step 7: Place The Batter In The Pan
Using a ladle or a spoon, put a decent amount of your batter in your pan in the shape of a circle. Once your batter has been laid flat on the pan, do not move it to avoid ruining the shape of your pancake.
Step 8: Flip The Pancake
After a minute or so, you will see bubbles forming on the top surface of your pancake. Once these bubbles pop, you should go right ahead and flip your pancake over. If you fry one side of your pancake to long, you may end up with an unevenly cooked pancake. Wait for a minute or so after flipping the pancake to end up with a nice golden brown color.
Making Flourless Pancakes
If you happen to run out of flour but are still craving for more pancakes, you can easily make a batch by using a couple of bananas lying around your kitchen. Simply use a banana or two with a couple of eggs, and you’ll end up with nice smelling pancakes that somewhat resemble banana bread. To do this, simply mash your bananas thoroughly with a fork.
Once your bananas have been mashed, mix in some eggs and combine both ingredients thoroughly. After mixing the ingredients, cook it in your frying pan as you would a typical pancake.
Making Perfect Pancakes
Though pancakes are pretty simple and easy to make, a lot of people still commit mistakes that make them end up with chewy, burnt, or less appealing pancakes.
If you want to make the perfect pancake, you must avoid overbeating the batter, placing the batter in a pan that hasn’t been heated or greased yet, setting your stove’s temperature too high, flipping your pancakes more than once or not allowing your pancake batter to rest before cooking it in the pan.
Avoiding these common mistakes will take you one or two steps closer to achieving a perfectly fluffy and golden brown pancake.
If you succeed with this recipe, I highly recommend you to try to make this: Apple Banana Pancake recipe.
Pancakes are great to start off your morning with. They require a few simple ingredients and are quite fast and easy to cook. Now that you are done reading this article, you no longer have to worry about missing a couple of eggs for your pancake batter. You don’t even have to worry about missing flour if you have any bananas in your kitchen.
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