Have you ever wondered why diner pancakes are so much better tasting than what you make at home??? Well in addition to the "someone else is cooking" factor, the diner secret is Malted Milk Powder. Malt powder is a combination of wheat flour, malted barley and milk that becomes a sweetener and flavoring ingredient. That's why most recipes that use malt powder do not require additional sugar.
It is getting harder and harder to find an old fashioned Malt Shop that hand dips the ice cream and then will mix in a TBS of Malt Powder. Just one of the many common experiences of my youth that is now a treat and that kids today (don't I sound old when I say that) simply do not experience... Ah well, I digress.
I love making these simple scratch pancakes. It takes minutes to assemble and is well worth the effort. The distinctive Malt flavor does indeed take you back to the Ye Olde Malte Shoppe with Archie, Reggie, Betty and the gang!
I make half and half, just making the first half vanilla and adding Coco Powder and a little extra milk to the second half of the batter. If you are set on just Chocolate Malted pancakes, just double the amount of milk and coco powder in the recipe. But I like the ying and yang look and taste.
You went to all this trouble... Go ahead and plan to use Maple Syrup. It really is not that expensive considering you need less than the fakes to get that decadent taste. And of course real butter. Worth the splurge!
A favorite, ENJOY!!!
MALTED Pancakes... Chocolate or Vanilla Shakes for Breakfast!
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1-1/4 Cups Whole Milk
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 TBS Butter, melted
- 1-1/2 Cups Flour
- Large Pinch of Salt
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 Cup Malted Milk powder
- To Make 1/2 CHOCOLATE Pancakes
- Add additional 1 to 2 TBS Milk
- Add Additional 1-1/2 TBS Coco Powder
- Optional, Add Additional Chocolate Chips
- Garnish with REAL Maple Syrup
- And REAL Butter
- Vigorously Whisk together Eggs, Milk and Vanilla. Whisk for at least 2 minutes until mixture becomes light and frothy and gains in volume.
- Stir in the melted butter
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, Flour, Salt and Baking Powder and the MAGIC Malted Milk Powder (in place of sugar). Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet. DO NOT OVER MIX, stir until the dry ingredients have blended into the wet and STOP. Let the batter relax for a few minutes.
- Grease and preheat Griddle. The griddle is ready when a drop of water dances.
- Drop 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle... Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form and break (this is the time to add anything like berries, chocolate chips, etc), then turn the pancakes and cook the other side until brown (turning only once).
- When 1/2 of the batter has made the Vanilla Pancakes, add Coco powder and additional milk as needed to thin the batter to original consistency, repeat
- Garnish with Butter and Maple Syrup... Add a slice of fruit and sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar to make pretty!
- Serve WARM and ENJOY!
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