Sunday, August 05, 2007
I grew up on good whole wheat pancakes and as a kid I assumed everyone else was eating the same goodness. I was so disappointed the first time I ate pancakes in a restaurant and discovered white pancakes. They looked like pancakes but sure didn't taste like them.
I have to share my recipe with you. I hate to think of other poor children out there eating paste pancakes. These taste so good and are so easy to make. The recipe has been adapted from several sources. The original is from my sister-in-law Lee (she has lots of good recipes at her site), I added my Dad's secret ingredient (corn meal), and my sister Anne's use of 3 eggs.
Whole Wheat Pancakes
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour (I actually use all whole wheat)
1/4 cup corn meal
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional - this adds more nutrition and fiber)
3 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups milk
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients and whisk them together well (this is important to dissolve the honey and to make sure the eggs are mixed in).
Add the dry ingredients and mix until just mixed together. Don't over mix (mom's rules).
Heat a skillet or griddle on med heat and spoon or ladle batter on and cook until the bubbles stop popping on top (mom's rules again, helped teach a little kid how to make pancakes).
I have found that using a large ice cream scoop makes good 4" sized pancakes.
This batter doesn't make the pancakes too thick. I like it that way they don't get doughy in the middle (something that little kids just can't stand).
The pancakes aren't complete unless they have home made syrup to top them off.
Homemade Maple Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 tsp Mapleine maple extract (I get it at my local grocery store pretty cheap)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix everything but the extracts in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. (the corn syrup keeps the syrup from crystallizing). Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the extracts. Store in a bottle in the fridge.