Aurora’s Pancakes

She’s amazing. She makes the women I dream about look like short, fat, bald men.”

Name the TV show that quote is from? If you know me… you know it is a quote from Friends. I claim myself to be a somewhat Friends aficionado. The series started in 1994 and ended in 2004. In 1994 I was 11 years old. I can’t really say I remember watching that as a kid. Probably a little above my maturity level then? But I became more and more of a fan the older I got. In fact, I own all 10 seasons + the game + the unofficial cookbook.

I absolutely LOVE pancakes. I really think it is a love at my house… minus hubby maybe… but does his opinion count? Maybe…. haha! The opinions that do count are mine and Abug. The sooner he learns that the better, am I right? When I was pregnant with Abug, there was one night early on in the pregnancy, I wasn’t even showing nor had we told many people, that I just down right, belligerently WANTED pancakes. The next morning, the hotel we stayed at had them, and they were just meh.

Truth be told, I love breakfast food. That’s just a side note. But at that… Either my love of pancakes was spawned because of Abug or Abug’s love of pancakes is my fault. Either way, she and I both love pancakes. That is all thankyouverymuch!

So the other morning she asked if we could have pancakes for breakfast. No complaints from this momma. A while back I got a cookbook called Cooking with Friends by Amy Lyles Wilson with Recipes by Jack Bishop. While I have my favorite go to pancake recipe, I thought I’d give the Aurora Pancakes a shot. They claim these are so good, had Chandler made Aurora these pancakes instead of pancakes from a mix Monica had, she may have stayed over again.

If you notice above, there are some lumps. Yeah, so… the recipe calls for mixing milk, eggs, and the melted butter together. I knew the minute I put my butter in that measuring cup those eggs were going to curdle and that’s just what they did. Hot butter (hot anything really) and eggs don’t mix. Maybe I could have let it cool a bit, so maybe it was my fault, but maybe not. I don’t know.

Don’t be fooled. The pancakes were good, they just tasted a bit… eggy.

I have to say, they cooked up nicely. I love how you can put pancake batter into a pan, it spreads out and a lot of times forms a circle. And creates these wonderfully golden pieces of… pancakes. I’m not sure another word to use so pancakes it is!

I may still go back to my good ol’, favorite recipe for pancakes, but this is definitely not one to scoff at. REALLY, it isn’t too terribly different from my favorite one… just a bit.

Aurora’s Pancakes

Cooking with Friends by Amy Lyles Wilson with Recipes by Jack Bishop, pg 47

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick), butter, melted, plus extra for the pan

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl, using a whisk to remove any large clumps.
  2. Pour the milk into a large measuring cup. Add the eggs and melted butter and beat with a fork until smooth.
  3. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a rubber spatula. Do not overmix the batter.
  4. Heat a griddle or large skillet. Grease the pan with a little butter. Drop several tbsp of batter on to the pan for each pancake.
  5. Cook until the tops are covered with bubbles. Flip and continue cooking until the bottoms are golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Makes about 15 4-in pancakes.

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