put in a mixing bowl:
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Add to the milk mixture all at once. Stire just enough to dampen the flour. Add more milk, iff necessar, to make the batter about as thick as heavy cream.
Makes 6 or 8.
TO VARY: use buttermilk, sour milk or yogurt in place of milk. Use 1/2 tsp baking soda instead of baking powder. Or sift a tbsp of corn meal with the flour.
Whole-wheat pancakes. Use 1/3 cup whole wheat flour and 2/3 cup white flour. Sweeten with molasses instead of sugar.
Oatmeal pancakes. Heat 1/2 cup milk, add 1/2 cup quick oatmeal and let stand 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients but reduce the flour to 2 tbsp.
Buckwheat pancakes. Use half buck wheat flour and half white flour.
Apple pancakes. Peel 1 tart juicy apple. Quarter, cut in thin slices and stire into the batter.