Almost as iconic as the smell of coffee in the morning, the fresh hint of pancakes and syrup is also a good motive to get out of bed. Whether you like a simple pancake mix or you love adding ingredients or toppings, pancakes are something almost everyone enjoys.
It helps that they are simple to make. You can cook them on the stovetop, on a griddle, or even bake them. No matter how you go about it, you’ll love what you end up with. And with Lehi Mills’ simple pancake mix, you’re bound to get that familiar fluffy and warm concoction every single time.
The History of Pancakes
The majority of people have grown up eating pancakes and love the assortment of toppings you may try, not to mention the extras you can add to your simple pancake mix. The answer to the question of how long we’ve been enjoying this delectable, fluffy yumminess might surprise you.
The pancake has a lengthy, hundreds-year-old history. Your favorite breakfast was common in medieval times. There are several variants of the pancake, such as crepes, Dutch pancakes, and flapjacks. Many of these are influenced by the location, the culture, and the ingredients that are accessible where the pancake is being prepared.
During the sixteenth century, a Dutch cook developed the first acknowledged pancake recipe. The pancakes that are most like the ones we are familiar with today date back to the Middle Ages. People started cooking them using cornmeal, flour, or even potatoes, depending on what they had on hand. Many people would also include fruit or another sweet ingredient to add flavor. The pancakes of old were cooked on a baking stone. The cooking stone would be heated over a fire or stove.
Pancakes eventually made their way to America. It is believed that even Native Americans may have developed their own pancake recipe. They used similar yet different elements. All of these modifications, nevertheless, have given rise to the pancakes we know today. Pancake mixtures are now available for every diet, including veganism.
Pancakes are viewed differently in every culture around the world. In France, it is known as a crepe. Scotland produces a variant that is similar to the flapjack. In Australia, they are typically served as dessert instead of breakfast. In Germany, they are split into strips and consumed with soup. The Swedish are renowned for baking or frying their pancakes, then topping them with fruit and whipped cream.
As you can see, pancakes have a long history that spans several decades. It’s remarkably easy to prepare using the recipe’s most basic ingredients. Flour, baking soda, eggs, and buttermilk are the four most fundamental ingredients in a recipe. Pancakes are wonderful since you can quickly change the recipe to accommodate anyone’s preferences.
For all your pancake needs and more, Lehi Mills offers a choice of selections. You’re sure to discover something delicious for every member of the family, from their simple pancake mix to the scrumptious American Berry Muffin mix. Additionally, they sell waffle mix and so much more!
Not Your Grandma’s Pancakes
Now that you know where pancakes come from, you might wonder how much they’ve evolved, if at all. Truth be told, when most people think of pancakes, they think of the round pancake shape they grew up with. Add a little syrup to the top, and you’re good to go, right? Absolutely! But, you could also take your simple pancake mix to the next level.
If you’re like my family, pancakes have been a family tradition for quite some time. We all have our favorites. Mine is topped with strawberries and whipped cream, or I opt for cinnamon and sugar pancakes. Okay…some of us have more than one favorite!
With younger children, making pancakes can be a learning experience as well. Not only are you able to show them basic cooking skills, but you can also work on their numbers, shapes, and letters. Simply pick up a few cookie cutters, and you’re on your way. When making shape and letter pancakes, don’t forget to use cooking spray on the cookie cutters so your simple pancake mix doesn’t stick. Mix your batter and place the cookie cutter on the hot surface.
Do not pour your mix onto the top of the cutter. Stick with filling it halfway. Once it’s ready, flip it over like you would a normal pancake. Kids will love spelling words and practicing their numbers. It’s like alphabet soup for pancakes!
You can also make pancakes without ever getting out your griddle or skillet. That’s right, the art of making pancakes has evolved.
Off the Griddle Simple Pancake Mix
Pancakes aren’t just for the griddle anymore. You can bake and air fry them as well. One great recipe for our simple pancake mix is Savvy Sheet Pan Pancakes. This recipe is perfect when you have overnight guests or a large group of people over for breakfast.
Sheet Pan Pancake Recipe
- 4 cups of Buttermilk Pancake Box
- 4 cups of water
- Fresh fruit
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the pancake mix and water into a large bowl.
- Pour onto a greased cookie sheet and mix in fresh fruit or chocolate chips.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Top your sheet pan pancakes with powdered sugar, syrup, fruit, or additional chocolate chips, and enjoy!
Out of the Box Simple Pancake Mix
Now that your creativity is flowing, we have a few more recipes for you. These are created using pancake mix, but they’re not pancakes at all. That’s right! We’re taking the fluffy pancake and tilting it on its head.
Our first recipe takes a New Orleans classic and puts a pancake spin on it. Light and fluffy, beignets are fun to make and even better to eat.
Pancake Mix Beignet Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups of Lehi Mills Classic Pancake Mix
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 2 cups of vegetable oil (for frying)
- Powdered sugar (for dusting)
- In a small bowl, combine the pancake mix and milk. Stir until the contents begin to pull away from the edges and a soft dough forms.
- Place the dough onto a well-floured surface. Roll out to slightly less than 1/4 of an inch.
- Cut into rectangles/squares or use a cookie cutter; you can make it however big or small you want, but make sure it’ll fit into your pan. Most beignets are roughly 4×4.
- Place vegetable oil into a saucepan and let heat on the stove until it reaches 325F.
- Once heated, carefully place a dough square into the hot oil; it should puff slightly in the middle. Let cook and flip with metal tongs.
- Remove and place onto paper towels. Repeat for remaining rectangles/squares.
- Dust finished beignets with a generous amount of powdered sugar. Please note that the beignet experience is not complete unless, after eating, you end up dusted in powdered sugar.
You can also make breakfast for dessert. This recipe is simple to make, and you can add ingredients as you fit once you have the basics down. For instance, if you’re not a blueberry fan, use the simple pancake mix and add strawberries. Or maybe you want to experiment and go savory with sausage or bacon. The sky’s the limit, which is another reason why our baking mixes should be a staple in your pantry.
Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Bundt (Pan)Cake
- 2 cups Lehi Mills Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 1.5 cup water
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberry
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray bundt pan. Evenly place blueberries on the bottom of the bundt pan.
- Mix pancake mix with water. Add eggs, baking powder, and vanilla to the pancake mix.
- Pour into a bundt pan over the blueberries and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Enjoy your blueberry buttermilk breakfast bundt cake!
Health Benefits of Breakfast
However you eat your pancakes, it’s important to understand how a good breakfast can get you ready for the day. You might have gone up to ten hours without eating when you awaken from your nighttime slumber. Once you wake, your body’s way to restore its energy and nutrient reserves is through a balanced breakfast.
For many of us, we try to get as much sleep as possible and end up skipping breakfast, but that can be detrimental to the rest of our day. Continue reading to understand how a great breakfast helps you throughout the day.
Breakfast gives you energy: Glucose is the body’s main energy source. You digest and absorb glucose from the carbohydrates you consume. Most of your body’s energy is stored as fat. However, your body also stores a small quantity of glucose as glycogen, primarily in your liver and part of it with your muscles.
Your liver’s responsibility is to break down glycogen and releases it as glucose into the bloodstream during periods of fasting, such as overnight. This helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels. This is crucial for your brain, which nearly exclusively uses glucose as fuel.
Your glycogen levels are typically low in the morning since you’ve been sleeping all night and not eating. As the body begins to break down fatty acids to provide energy if your glycogen stores are completely depleted. However, fatty acids are only partially oxidized in the absence of carbohydrates, which can decrease your energy.
Breakfast is essential as it increases your energy levels and replenishes your glycogen stores so that your metabolism is maintained throughout the day.
Breakfast gives you essential nutrition, vitamins, and minerals: Important nutrients like folate, calcium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber abound in breakfast foods. A significant portion of your daily overall nutrient intake comes from breakfast. In actuality, those who have breakfast usually hit their recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals, while those who skip it may not.
Breakfast aids in weight management: Regular breakfast eaters are less likely to be obese or overweight. It minimizes significant variations in your blood glucose levels and aids with appetite control.
Breakfast satisfies you before you get hungry, so you’re less likely to eat whatever is handy when you’re actually hungry (for example, high-energy, high-fat foods with added sugars or salt).
Breakfast sharpens the mind: If you skip breakfast, you could feel a little lethargic and find it difficult to concentrate. This is a result of your brain lacking the glucose it needs to function. According to studies, skipping breakfast may have an impact on your memory, concentration, and mental agility. Some jobs may feel more difficult than they would otherwise due to this.
Regular breakfast eaters among kids and teenagers also frequently outperform those who miss breakfast in terms of academic performance. Additionally, they have a higher sense of closeness with their instructors and other adults at school, which enhances their academic and physical well-being.
A nutritious breakfast may lower the chance of getting sick: Those who frequently eat breakfast seem to have a lower risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes compared to those who don’t. Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest that skipping breakfast may increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
Having breakfast facilitates better food decisions: People who eat breakfast tend to have healthier diets overall. They also might have better eating habits and are less likely to feel the need for snacks during the day. Children who skip breakfast have a higher likelihood of making poor dietary decisions throughout the day and in the long run.
People who skip breakfast frequently munch in the middle of the day or in the afternoon. If such snacks are high in fat and salt but lacking in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, this could be an issue. Some people feel tired without the added energy that breakfast can provide and resort to high-energy foods and beverages to help them through the day.
Simple Pancake Mix to the Rescue
As you can see, there are a variety of ways for you to enjoy a simple pancake mix, and eating breakfast may provide you with the fuel you need to tackle your day. You can find several baking mixes on our site that you can create as is or make your own! Don’t forget to take a picture of your creations and share them. We love to see what our customers make with our great products!