Filipino Ube Pancakes



- 1½ cups all-purpose flour- ½ cup ube powder- ¼ cup warm water- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 1 ¼ cups milk- 2 whole eggs beaten- 2 teaspoons McCormick Ube Flavor Extract- cooking spray for cooking pancakes


To prepare the ube batter:- In a large bowl, combine and whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.- Separately, in a medium-sized bowl, mix the ube powder with the warm water. The ube powder will be slightly wet, but not diluted.- Add the ube powder to the dried ingredients in the large bowl. Pour the milk. Blend well.- Beat the eggs for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the eggs and the ube flavoring into the rest of the batter. Blend ingredients well till pancake batter is thick, but smooth.To cook the Ube Pancakes:- Spritz the cooking spray into a medium-sized non-stick skillet.- Over medium heat, pour 1/3 cup of the ube batter into the center of the skillet.- Tilt the pan around to spread the thick batter, creating a round-shaped pancake.- Cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure the pancake looks nearly solid before flipping it over.To serve:- Serve the pancakes warm with butter and maple syrup on the side.- If desired, serve with assorted berries and whipped cream.Cook's comments:- I used Giron Ube Powder, which is dehydrated ube. The product is made in the Philippines but is sold in Asian markets or online sources.- If you don't have cooking spray for cooking the pancakes, brush some vegetable oil throughout the skillet. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons, enough to moisten the skillet; do not drown it with an excessive amount of oil.- You can freeze the ube batter in a tightly sealed plastic container. It keeps for 2 to 3 weeks.- You can also cook the Ube Pancakes ahead, keep them in freezer containers and freeze them for 2 to 3 weeks. To prepare them for serving, thaw and then reheat in the microwave.

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