Race Day Oven Pancakes

1. Blend in blender:

  • 1 cup "milk"
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt (or more if you're nasty)

Add the flour to the blender on top of the wet stuff so it doesn't lump where the blender can't blend

2. Pre-heat oven with cast iron pan in it to 420

The batter needs to rest a bit, so mix the batter, then turn the oven on. Don't try to get speedy here if you want a good fluff.

3. Grease up your pre-heated pan with:

  • "Butter" or a tasteless oil (not olive oil).

Butter pan after it comes out of the oven, not before. Then pour the shit in there. You don't need that much, but coat the bottom and sides. Pre-heating the pan means you get the nice roasted butter / oil flavour.

3. Pour half of batter in hot buttered pan and bake for 15-20 mins

When it's good and puffy and brown on top it's done. Don't overcook.


  • Makes 2. I make them one after the other 'cause I don't have two pans.

  • I call them race day pancakes because I make them when I get up early to watch F1 races. The cook + rest time means they take an hour-ish, but it's largely hands-off time. The perfect thing to do while watching a race.

  • It's a cast iron pan ... cake or a cast iron pan pancake? But really you don't need a cast iron pan

  • You can put sugar in the batter if you like that sorta thing. I prefer less sugar in the morning.

  • Don't add things to the batter lest your results be wild and unpredictable. Add them on top of the finished pancake instead.

  • I've mixed up the flour here -- 1/3 wheat, 1/3 corn meal, 1/3 rice flour. You lose some of the fluffy/creamy texture, but I can be a nice way to mix it up and reduce gluten if that's your thing. (Gluten-free would take some more experimentation I imagine.)

Serve With

  • Spiced pumpkin puree, blueberry + red wine jam, maple-baked beans.

  • Use it as the base for a full breakfast. Fried egg, baked beans, fresh fruit. Pile in all in the middle as if the pancake was a plate. Veggie sausage or something? A tofu thing? Need to sort out some good, savory topping combinations. Traditional breakfast foods are the worst.

  • If you go sweet with all the toppings (fruits, berries, jams) then dust it with icing sugar. This is a terrible idea for breakfast 'cause it's all sugar. Don't do this.

Last updated 2021-01-08