Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday Five: Pancakes

Sophia from RevGalBlogPals writes:

Last week Sally gave us a beautiful, spiritually reflective Friday Five, so it's time for something light and fluffy (literally). It's inspired by the fact that as I write this my dear spouse TechnoGuy, with the assistance of daughter Ladybug, is making a batch of chocolate chip pancakes with two Christmas presents. One is the Knott's Berry Farm mix which came along with jam, boysenberry syrup, and biscuit mix from my aunt (we ended up with two sets, since my parents passed theirs on to avoid sweet and carb-y temptation). The other is the large size Black and Decker electric skillet he was thrilled that I got him online -- our trusty wedding present normal size one still works at going on 20 years, but the Teflon is getting worn, and he wanted more cooking space. So pull up a chair to the kitchen table and tell us all about your pancake preferences.

1. Scratch or mix? Buttermilk or plain?
Always from scratch. Usually plain. However, if we are camping, I do bring a pre-made mix because it's easier.

2. Pure and simple, or with additions cooked in?
Most of the time, I make them plain. However, our progeny are convinced that they MUST have chocolate chips dropped on them as they are cooking. If I use a mix however, it's got to be Trader Joe's wholegrain pancake mix!

3. For breakfast or for dinner?
Either. It's a favorite winter weekend meal.

4. Preferred syrup or other topping? How about the best side dish? Real Maple Syrup. If we are feeling pinched in the budget, I'll stretch the syrup with brown sugar and water, heated with the syrup. But the syrup MUST be hot.

The best side dish (it goes without saying!) is COFFEE.
5. Favorite pancake restaurant?
Um. I find restaurant pancakes to be a little sponge-y to my taste. So... none.

Bonus: Any tasty recipes out there, for pancakes or other special breakfast dishes? Bring 'em on!

Sure... here's an easy one!

"The Best Doggone Pancakes You Ever Ate"
My family's "old family recipe"
(taken from a vacuum repair service postcard ad from Mansfield, Ohio)
1 cup milk + 2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp oil
1 egg, beaten
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp baking power (YES - 2 TBSP)

Mix egg, oil and milk in a medium bowl. Sift dry ingredients together and add to milk mixture. Add remaining 2 Tbsp of milk. Fry on a hot greased griddle or electric skillet set to 350-360 degrees (F).

Serves: 4 (barely -- we usually double it)



Anonymous said...

wow--that recipe looks super simple--thanks, i look forward to trying it out!

wonderful play!

Auntie Knickers said...

Great play, agree with you about the restaurant pancakes and the coffee! I am full of pancakes now courtesy of husband.

Rev Kim said...

Great play. Pancakes while camping are the best!

Sophia said...

Thanks for the recipe--I don't really like the one we use and we never seem to keep mix around (though now I'm going to check out the Trader Joe one you mentioned--double thanks).

Jan said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to have to compare it to my regular one to see which looks better. Your recommendation is to be considered lengthily.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

OOOHhhh the recipe sounds yummy!!

Trader Joes. I have never been. None anywhere even close to here. I am going to make a pilgramage there someday.