A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Today, we’re making pancakes without the usual suspects.
Pancakes at their best have a crackly-charred border, bouncy-plush center, and can be whipped up when you’re half-asleep on a Saturday morning. In most cases, this means tracking down a reliable recipe—say, buttermilk pancakes or cottage cheese pancakes or overnight-oatmeal pancakes—and keeping it close at hand. But the formula I’m about to tell you is so simple, you could hear it once, and know it by heart.