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It feels like food bloggers are always on a quest to find the perfect something. Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, donuts………pancakes?
Well today you can call me Frodo, because I think I’ve nailed this quest. Without further ado, I give you: the fluffiest little pancakes!!!
There are a lot of theories out there about what makes the “perfect” pancake. Some folks are of the buttermilk & baking soda camp; others use baking powder as leavening. When the Humanities grind gets to be too much, the fun of experimenting in my cozy kitchen gets me excited again and makes me feel like I’m back in 5th grade Mad Science camp. And guess what I discovered?
You don’t need a fancy formula for perfectly fluffy pancakes. You don’t need kitchen know-how. You don’t even need milk or eggs, if you wanna roll the vegan way.
All you need is a super top-secret ingredient…
Whoops, did I spoil it?
(Here’s me actually pouring it into the bowl–you’ll notice I erm, missed a little bit above)
Yep–bubbly, effervescent, all-natural, unsweetened, zero calorie, and zero sodium goodness: seltzer water!!!
Lifts you right up just thinking about it, right? Ha!
I discovered this surprise ingredient while I was scouring the interwebs for a pancake recipe that wasn’t just the same chummy shlummy formula. Luckily, I had fallen in love with seltzer water a few years back when Canada Dry sparkling seltzer water was all the office stocked in its fridge, so I quickly ran down to Ralph’s and hauled my butt back up the giant hill with one of these wonkin’ 12-packs in tow.
The things I do for you guys, really.
My arms might still be sore–I hope one of you had the decency to at least call my masseuse.
(Just kidding–I can’t afford a masseuse…)
So here’s the deal. You start with your ingredients:
Flour, sugar, salt, seltzer water, baking soda, Greek yogurt, and an egg or…mayo, if you’re me and don’t have eggs in your fridge for some weird reason. (Hey, it works!)
You mix together the first 3 ingredients in one bowl, the yogurt and egg/mayo in another. Then you combine them and hopefully pour the seltzer water into the bowl instead of all over your cutting board…
Then you toss everything onto the pan and wait for those gorgeous little bubbles to appear in the batter before flipping these tiny pancakes over.
Annnnnd, you’re done!
Unless you want 2-minute microwave cinnamon apples–then you skip on ahead to the recipe and make that, and remember that you deserve it because you are an amazing human being who has just made the world’s fluffiest little pancakes EVER.
Don’t forget to pick up some Canada Dry seltzer water today so you can make these awesome pancakes!