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I scoff at a pancake mix

Exams just ended and I celebrated with a long visit to the Farmer’s Market and some incredible pancakes.   Pancakes are one of the easiest foods to make, and (contrary to what everyone in my family believes) don’t necessitate bisquick (yuck), butter, or syrup to taste fantastic.

Basic whole-wheat pancakes:

1 c. unbleached, whole wheat flour (I prefer King Arthur)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 c. low-fat milk*

1 egg

Preheat a little olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat.  Combine the flour & baking powder first, and add any additional dry spice you might like   (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange zest, etc.).  Mix in the milk & egg until you reach “spoon drop” consistency.

All the normal rules apply here. When the oil is hot (but not smoking), drop spoonfuls of batter into the pan.  Flip when they bubble in the center.  I can comfortably fit 4 cakes in my little pan, so I normally do 2-3 batches, keeping finished cakes in a warm oven until all have cooked.

We enjoyed these with walnuts,  greek-style vanilla yogurt, and some cranberries cooked with a little orange juice.

*Fresh milk available from Homestead Creamery, a dairy in the Blue Ridge Mountains, at Earthfare in Greensboro.

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5 responses to “I scoff at a pancake mix

  1. I resent your remark about your loving and supportive family. They are all wonderful, normal people. — Your Day

  2. You couldn’t possibly mean that. Unless you’re discounting your in-laws.

  3. I discount my in-laws whenever possible. That being said, you have still blasphemed the Gospel according to Aunt Jemima and sullied the Log Cabin Commandments.

  4. OK..now I resent the remark about the in-laws. Why do you think it is called Mrs. Butterworths? It at least takes a half a bottle of syrup to soak up in the pancakes so they won’t be dry.

  5. Fred concurs with the syrup, however recommends only top shelf Log Cabin. Got a coupon?
    “Maymel?” Did your Mama really name you that?

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