Batter Three Ways (Muffins, Pancakes and Waffles)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 lightly beaten eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter , melted, then cooled slightly
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries or other dried fruit
- 1 ripe banana , peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
- 3 Tbsp. whole milk , if needed
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
To make muffins: Preheat the oven to 375°.
Take half of the prepared batter and fold in the cinnamon, nuts and dried fruit.
Brush the inside of each cup of a nonstick, 12-cup muffin pan with some of the melted butter.
Divide the batter equally into each cup. and bake for 20 minutes or until tests done when pierced with a skewer.
Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 12 muffins.
To make pancakes: Fold both the banana and the walnuts into the batter, and thin with little milk if needed.
In a large, nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over a medium heat. Using a medium ice cream scoop, pour equal amounts of the batter into the pan.
Cook the pancakes until bubbles rise from the middle of each pancake.
Flip and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes. Keep cooked pancakes in a warm oven as you cook off the remaining batter.
Makes about 8 to 10 pancakes.
To make waffles: Preheat a waffle iron. Fold the chips into the batter until well blended. Drop equal amounts of batter onto the heated waffle iron. When bubbles rise from the center of each waffle, close the top and continue to cook until crisp, about 3 minutes.
Keep cooked waffles warm in a 200° oven until you have cooked off the remaining waffles.
Makes 6 to 8 waffles.