Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Master Mix

Everyone needs a good, basic pancake and waffle recipe in their repertoire, and mine has always been the basic recipe in the Betty Crocker Cookbook.   I recently got smart though, and developed a master mix by adapting and combining both the pancake and waffle recipes to save some time in the mornings.  Or at dinner.  (Yeah, sometimes we do this.)

I am partial to whole wheat pancakes and waffles.  When I eat pancakes made of all-purpose white flour, although they taste glorious, they just don’t stick with me long, and leave me feeling lethargic and lazy later on in the day.  When I switched to 100% whole wheat flour a few years ago, I found I tolerated them much better and didn’t suffer from that sugar crash.  Plus, I love the texture of the whole wheat.  Really, these are every bit as good as the white ones.

Here are my notes:

-I prefer buttermilk to milk in this recipe, but you could use either one.  I tested with both.  I think the buttermilk tastes better and richer.  

-I prefer melted butter, but oil will work fine too.

-I usually add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin out the batter when making it with buttermilk because it is super thick.

-You can find 100% whole wheat flour by the regular flour in the baking aisle.

-The yield will vary depending on the size of your pancakes and waffle maker.

-My personal favorite is when I load them with blueberries, but the banana and mini chocolate chip ones I made the other day were excellent too.  My hubby likes toasted pecans in his.

Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Master Mix
(Adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook)
Dry Master Mix:
(Single Recipe)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
(Quadruple recipe)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
(8 X recipe)
8 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons salt
To make the dry mix, stir all ingredients together very well, then place in an airtight container to store at room temperature or in refrigerator. (I put all my ingredients in my Kitchen Aid with the whisk attachment, then whisk on low speed for 1-2 minutes to thoroughly mix.)
Pancakes (1 batch)
1 large egg
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, or melted butter
1 1/4 cups master mix
Whisk first 3 ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.  Add mix and stir until just blended.  It’s okay if there are some lumps.  Don’t over mix.  (This makes a very thick batter.  I usually stir in about 2 tablespoons water to thin out, but you can adjust the amount to your liking.)  Cook on a buttered griddle until golden brown.
Waffles (1 batch)
1 large egg
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil, or melted butter
1 1/4 cups master mix
Whisk first 3 ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.  Add mix and whisk just until blended.  It’s okay if there are some lumps.  Don’t over mix.  (This makes a very thick batter.  I usually stir in about 2 tablespoons water to thin out, but you can adjust the amount to your liking.)  Cook in a hot waffle maker that has been brushed with butter.
*Whole milk can be substituted.  Decrease to 1 cup.
*Stir in berries, bananas, or toasted nuts to the batter as variations.  Or chocolate chips. 

Comments

    • says

      Jennifer-I should have explained more what I meant by master mix. I just mean it’s a mix that you would use like Bisquick or Hungry Jack pancake mix–most of the work is done for you by premixing your dry ingredients, then all you have to do is add your wet ingredients. I have never tried it with almond milk, but that is an excellent idea and I would be willing to bet it would work well and add some nutritional value to boot! If you try it with almond milk, I’d love to hear how it turns out. :)

    • says

      Do I have to use the master mix, or is it not really required? I don’t like using pre-made stuff because it’s “processed” in a way. Once I make them, I will for sure tell you how they turn out! I usually use almond milk for all my pancakes I make!

  1. says

    I want these topped with all of your topping, and the toasted pecans. YUM!!!! I agree, whole wheat does leave you feeling less ‘blah’ later in the day.

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