Since the pancakes have become so important to Sunday breakfasts, I have been pushing to make them better than ever, so a few months ago, I started sifting the dry ingredients together. Is that really necessary?
Well, it DOES seem to make a difference. As I was banging my wire strainer on one bowl and then the other, it occurred to me that I owned a perfectly good flour sifter. Not the big one with the turn handle with the red knob on it, but a small, squeeze-handled one that would be perfect for the small amount of dry ingredients that go into the pancakes (and the cornbread, too!).
So I got it out from the back of the cupboard and tried it out. Result? Too small, and too messy. I went back to sifting with the strainer – much easier.