Ask me if I'm a fan of the Semi-Home-Made show on Food TV, and I'll adamantly say NO. However, in my own kitchen I often use shortcuts. For example, I use canned beans instead of cooking my own. I also use canned tomato sauce, which I then jazz up with herbs and garlic, instead of starting one from scratch.
One of my favorite things in my pantry is a pancake mix that only requires you to add water. This time around, I decided to jazz up this mix with 3 ingredients: an apple, buttermilk and home-made vanilla extract.
1 apple, peeled, grated
1 cup pancake mix
3/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Do not over-mix.
2. Heat butter in an iron skillet. Spoon the mixture into the hot butter (this should make about 6 pancakes) and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side.
3. Serve with heated apricot jam.
These came out really well! For those of you who like things on a sweeter side, I'd recommend you add a bit of sugar into the mix.
What are your favorite ways to doctor up a boxed pancake mix?