Pop it in the pan.
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake.
– Catch it if you can!
Years ago when the HG was but a wee little thing (her age was measured in months rather than years), Granny Tea gave me the delightfully named cookbook, “Feed Me, I’m Yours.”
It’s surprising to me how many of our family’s favorite recipes and traditions come from this old cookbook (snow ice-cream, Russian Tea, hot cocoa mix, and more).
One old favorite is this recipe for pancakes called ‘Great Groovy Griddle Cakes:’
Combine these dry ingredients in a large bowl:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar or honey (if you use honey, add it in with the liquid ingredients):
Add eggs and remaining ingredients to the dry:
3 Tablespoons melted shortening or vegetable oil
1 or 1 1/4 cups milk
Mix just until moist. Let this sit- as long as overnight if possible.
To make pancakes, heat oil on a griddle or frying pan over medium heat- use a measuring cup and pour a few tablespoons or about 1/4 a cup of pancake batter on the pan. When the edges are golden and a few bubbles begin to appear, flip the pancakes gently over and brown on the other side.
Serve pancakes with:
diced fruit and nuts
For pancake syrup we sometimes make one of these recipes from the More With Less Cookbook:
Combine in saucepan (whisking lumps out of cornstarch):
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
3 cups water
5 t. cornstarch
Cook until slightly thickened
Add 1 teaspoon maple flavoring (or some other flavor extract)
Combine in saucepan:
1 3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
Bring to boil, cover, cook one minute.
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. maple flavoring
Cover for a few minutes as syrup cooks to melt down crystals. This will hep keep syrup from crystallizing later in storage.
3 Tablespoons margarine, melt in a pan
add 1 cup crushed pineapple
2 T. brown sugar
Heat five minutes, stirring until clear and thick. When sauce cooks down a bit, add dash mace or nutmeg.
Orange Pancake Syrup:
- 3 cup orange juice
- 6 tbsps honey
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrow root powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Use a fork and mix the cornstarch or arrowroot powder with a very little bit of the orange juice, to make a smooth paste. Add the rest of the oj, the honey, and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to a simmer, whisking in corn-starch/arrowroot powder mixture and stir until thickened. If you have this over pancakes that have flecks of chocolate chips or nuts, you can have them while reading the Story of Little Babaji.
Blender pancakes: How to make pancakes from whole wheat berries or other whole grains without a grain mill
Homemade pancakes are really not very difficult- certainly not any harder to cook than pancakes from a mix!