Pancakes for breakfast

In the past weekend I allowed myself to oversleep and last Saturday I got up at 11:30. Definitely not a good idea: although I believed that all that sleep had been much needed, I felt knocked out most of the day. Too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, I decided that the best food at that time of the day could only be pancakes! I have the recipe for pancakes from my friend Rebe and I’ve been using it for years, especially when I was living in Canada: my roommate loved our pancake nights with maple syrup and wine leftovers.

The maple syrup craze lingered on even after I moved out of our little basement apartment in Toronto and returned to Europe, and so did my passion for pancake nights. Having one in the morning basically implies only one little substitution: coffee instead of wine!

pancakes with maple syrup

Rebe’s pancake recipe (yields about 7 large or 10 medium pancakes):

  • 250 g flour
  • 250 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 30 g sugar
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together and whisk at medium speed until a smooth and homogeneous batter is achieved. Pour onto hot non-stick pan and cook on medium-high heat. Flip pancake when the upper surface becomes all bubbly (after about 4 minutes) and cook the other side a couple of minutes. The perfect pancake comes out light brown; if it’s too dark, lower the heat.

Serve with pure maple syrup. Optionally, you can add a little butter on top of each pancake, or a little whipped cream and fresh fruits – blueberries for example. I like to go with just maple syrup, but I usually pour a very generous amount of it. Pancakes are like little sponges and absorb all the delicious syrup, thus becoming super sweet and moist.

pancakes with maple syrup

pancakes with maple syrup

If you find it hard to be jolly and smiling in the morning, pancakes could be the right cure for you.

22 thoughts on “Pancakes for breakfast

        1. Oh yes, the typical Italian breakfast is known as “cappuccio e cornetto” or, in the region I’m from, “cappuccino e brioche”. It means the same – cappuccino and pastry. Optionally, cappuccino can be substituted with espresso if you’re really late and just want a shot of coffee and will eat the pastry on the run 😀 I’m used to sweet breakfast, to me eating savoury in the morning just tastes wrong.

  1. Eva, that sounds like the perfect breakfast to me! Now I love your country even more! 😀 Are there any specific pastries that you like to make? Or favorites in your region? My eldest daughter wants to have an “Italian-themed” birthday party when she turns eleven. I’m having so much fun planning it with her!

    1. The typical breakfast items you get at any café are those from the French tradition: croissant and pain au chocolat (the latter is my all time favourite!). Whenever I happened to have breakfast in a café as a kid, since I could not get coffee, my parents would get me hot milk with foamed milk on top, so it looked just like a latte but featured no coffee (in fact, this is what you get when you order a “latte” in Italy, as latte means milk, and the word “latte” stands for plain milk. If you want a latte you need to order a “caffè latte” :D). As for typical Italian pastries, in my region we have “bignola”, I’ll leave a link in English for you:
      Outside of my region, probably the yummiest thing is “cannolo siciliano”. I never tried to make them at home, but they’re heavenly. My favourite, although it’s hard to get really good ones out of Sicily, so I did not eat many in my life unfortunately.

      1. Eva, thank you so much for the great information and the link! I will definitely look it up! I love corresponding with you and reading your blog! I learn so much! 🙂 I will also look up the “cannolo siciliano” :)Thank you for being so helpful and patient with all of my questions!

        1. My pleasure, I really like to have connections beyond just readership! And I’m so happy that you enjoy my blog and find it informative 🙂

  2. Eva, the “Turin Italy Guide” link is great! I love all the beautiful pictures of freshly-baked pastries! Italy is certainly a country that cooks and bakes its food with great love — one of the many things I admire about your country!

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