Without fail, the first 2-3 pancakes you cook are often the ugliest. :) Every once in a while, a hankering for pancakes hits, and although I only have them once or twice a year now, they still taste as good as ever. You can make them from scratch, or if lazy, open up a box of Betty Crocker Bisquick mix pancakes and add eggs or milk or whatever it says on the instructions printed on the box. They make very reliable and consistent pancakes. Instead of using a non-stick pan, like most folks, I prefer to use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Just oil lightly at the start of cooking and bring the pan up to heat over a medium flame.
Once you’ve done for first couple of pancakes, add a little more oil and spread it around the pan, and that should be sufficient for you to finish the rest of your pancakes without anymore additional oil. I think the “pores” of the pan open up when it gets quite hot, and the oil is now lodged in all the nooks and crannies so the batter is less likely to stick to the pan. I made 50+ pancakes that Sunday morning, and hit my groove by about the 6th pancake… so I am posting this photo above because JUST LOOK at those pancakes, guapa no? :) In the top photo, I ate just three of the flapjacks, with a generous knob of butter, and because we had no maple syrup at the beach, I drizzled some homemade guava “honey” (thin guava jelly) instead. Delicious.