Cookbooks can be helpful, but they are very limiting. It’s easy to learn a single recipe, but hard to expand on the idea from there. A lot of basic cooking, and most not so basic, can be easily summed up with a ratio. So, as you expand your culinary arsenal, the single most important thing we recommend to everyone, is to learn some basic ratios. Instead of just learning how to create one dish, you will be able to create hundreds, even thousands, with the same amount of knowledge. It is an amazing concept. While we do enjoy a good cookbook, and are proud owners of quite a few, they mostly collect dust on the bookshelf. If we were able to offer one suggestion for a book that will absolutely transform your cooking repertoire, guide you on your path to cooking like a seasoned pro…it is this book! Michael Ruhlman is an extremely talented bestselling author and cook, who will teach you in easy to understand and entertaining language how to think and perform like a seasoned chef.
While most ratios can be successfully achieved using volume measurements, it is always most accurate to use weight measurements. Kitchen scales are readily available, and fairly cheap. You can pick up a quality scale for under $15. This will be an incredible time saver, and give you a consistent, quality bread, pizza, pasta, or pastry dough every time. Learn how to make sauces, stocks, batters, doughs, custards, even make your own sausages! You will be amazed at how easy it can be once you learn the ratio!
Ratio: 2 parts flour: 2 parts liquid: 1 part egg: 1/2 part butter (with this ratio you can scale the amount you need to feed any number of people!)
Prep time: 5-10 mins
Yield: 8 4-inch pancakes
8 oz milk
2 large eggs
2 oz butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz flour
2 tbl sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Whisk together wet ingredients in a bowl until fully combined.
Sift together dry ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until the batter is just smooth, do not over mix.
Let sit for 2-5 minutes. Cook on a lightly oiled, or sprayed griddle on medium heat until golden brown and cooked through. Only flip once. Drop the batter, when bubbles start to form, flip over. Serve hot.
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