Sunday, May 11, 2014

How to make pancakes (Nanay's Special Pancake Recipe)

Stacks of freshly cook pancakes on a plate
Nanay's Special Pancake Recipe
Nanay's Special Pancake Recipe

My nanay (mother) is a pure bred quezonian, born and raised in Gumaca, Quezon. She is a typical mother who knows how to cook and make Quezon's local dishes and delicacies and pancakes (also known as hotcake) is just one of them. I can still remember myself na tulo laway while waiting for the pancakes to cook.

Actually there is nothing special in her pancake recipe, it's just the memory of tender love and care that makes it special. Every time i eat pancakes, i find myself traveling back to the time exactly where i had the happiest moment of my childhood in Quezon province. I see myself playing with my playmates and classmates in grade one. We play in the middle of rice fields with all the carabaos around. Taguan, taya-tayaan, luksong tinik, luksong baka, tumbling and other games that no longer exist nowadays. After playing, my mom will call us to have a break and we will eat pancakes (hotcake) partnered with orange juice specifically "Richie" a popular concentrated bottled juice that time. Right after the break, we will play again until sunset.

These kind of memories make my "Nanay's Pancake Recipe" so SPECIAL...


1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. sugar (white or brown)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp. butter or star margarine
1 large egg
Butter, margarine or oil (for cooking)


1. Heat the pan and dissolve the butter or star margarine. Let it cool for a moment.

2. Combine all first 7 ingredients and mix.

3. Heat the pan (non-stick pan is advisable) and put about a teaspoon of butter, star margarine or oil. pour in a right amount of batter to the pan.

4. Cook until it forms bubbles. Flip and cook the other side for not more than a minute.

5. If both side are already light brown remove it from the pan.

6. Serve with maple syrup and butter or star margarine on top. (My nanay just toss it with margarine and white sugar).
I hope you enjoy eating your pancakes and travel back to the most memorable time in your childhood days.



A pancake is a flat cake, often thin, and round, prepared from a starch-based batter and cooked on a hot surface such as a griddle or frying pan. In Britain, pancakes are often unleavened, and resemble a crêpe. In America, a raising agent is used (typically baking powder). The American pancake is similar to a Scotch pancake or drop scone.

They may be served at any time with a variety of toppings or fillings including jam, fruit, syrup, chocolate chips, or meat. In America, they are typically considered to be a breakfast food.


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