Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hippie pancakes

I love pancakes of all sorts, but I have a special fondness for the ones my mom makes.

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They are pretty 1970s, with a mix of flours and just a pinch of sugar. The original recipe calls for wheat germ and vegetable oil instead of melted butter. Apparently they were afraid of butter back then. I believe wholeheartedly in using real butter, when the situation calls for it. And while I'm fine with wheat germ, I usually don't bother adding it to these. I think the rye flour is what makes these pancakes taste so different - the original recipe actually calls for oat flour, but in my family we always use rye. The pancakes are light and a little spongy (in a good way) and soak up syrup beautifully.

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{sunday breakfast}

Pancakes are easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard (except maybe rye flour). I follow my mom's lead and make several batches at once, seal them in small bags and place them in a large ziploc bag in the freezer. Save the empty bags in the large bag so you can re-use them over and over. Never buy pancake mix again.

pancake mix prepared
{pancake mix prepared}
Pancakes (modified from Jane Brody's Good Food Cookbook)
makes 4 - 6 servings

2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup rye flour (original recipe calls for oat flour)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup milk (or 1 cup buttermilk + 1/4 cup milk)
2 eggs (original calls for 1 egg + 1 egg white)
1 tbsp melted butter (or oil, if you prefer)

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Whisk eggs, milk and butter together and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Cook on a large griddle at medium temperature for a couple minutes on each side, until golden brown.
*My pancake shapes are from Williams-Sonoma, I think. I've had them forever and I don't see them in the online store, but they look just like these.

27 comments:

  1. I love your little pancake hearts! And you're so Rachel, Rachel, having cooked this much in the middle of all your boxes. xo

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  2. I've been eating hippie pancakes my whole life and never realized it!

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  3. I think I need it to be Sunday brunchtime now. And I also think I need cute pancake hearts. Yes, need.

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  4. it's official...i've already figured out tonight's dinner. breakfast.

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  5. These look delish! Also, how do you keep your cast iron griddle looking so nice? I have a similar one (with a grill on the opposite side) and it always looks a right mess after I've cooked anything on it.

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  6. so sweet! these would be fun to make for my girlies for valentine's day!

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  7. Mmmm...I do love a good pancake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  8. These look so good - and after reading this I went ahead and added pancakes to my grocery list - I had the same idea as Emily. Breakfast for dinner!

    P.S. How do those shapes work? Do you cook one side, take off the shape and simply flip the pancake? I've never used them before.

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  9. Kelly - they are super easy to use! You just lightly oil your griddle and the shapes, lay the shapes on the griddle, pour the pancake batter in (not pouring in too much is the only critical step - mine call for 1/3 cup batter), cook it for a couple minutes and then remove the shapes and simply flip the pancakes over to cook the other side. It's almost as easy as doing circles!

    Jessica - this was the first batch! My cast iron griddle gets a bit messier as the cooking goes along, but I do scrape it off with a spatula after each set of pancakes.

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  10. Don't hate me but I don't like pancakes! Thanks for sharing a recipe though!

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  11. I'm recently very into pancakes, so thanks to you and your mum for the recipe as well as the clever prep and storage idea!

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  12. That syrup lives in a HOUSE! A house a house a house!

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  13. My husband and I love pancakes we'll have to try these out. I believe my mother used a similar recipe when I was growing up. We too were accustomed to wheat germ and were not allowed to eat sugar. But now that I am a grown up I can bake my own cookies and boy did I - thanks for the chocolate chip cookie recommendation we loved them. I've been using the Joy of Cooking ccc recipe and they are good but only when they first are baked then they get too hard. The ones you recommended are perfect although I think I used slightly less sugar than the recipe called for and more chocolate chips. Thanks again.

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  14. Mmm it looks and sounds SO delicious! I love how you did them in shapes of hearts!

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  15. been craving pancakes all week long.. and it just got worse. mm, these look amazing! and thanks for the 'never buy pancake mixes again' tip! i love it.

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  16. my mom used to sneak spinach into our pancakes when my siblings and i were little. she called them "yoda pancakes" so of course we thought they were delicious. she finally fessed up a few years ago about the spinach. hilarious.

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  17. Oh Yum! I've never made my own pancake mix before. I'll have to try this!

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  18. yum and what a great idea for the mix

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  19. ooh, you have pancake hearts! i'm jealous.

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  20. love, love the heart shape pancakes!

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  21. We had pancakes every Sunday in our house--I was the official pancake maker from the age of 5. 32 years later and still know the recipe by heart. these look sooo good--definitely going to have to try them!

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  22. These sound great. I love pancakes too. The best part about living on rez is that we can get pancakes are breakfast every weekend. I think that I like them for dinner best though.

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  23. Yum! I rarely make pancakes but now I'm wishing I did more often!

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  24. These are too sweet! I love pancakes! I'll have to try your recipe. Have a lovely weekend! xo

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have a question though--do you freeze the pancake mix? How long will it keep?

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  26. Dindrane - yes, I do freeze the mix. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I would imagine it's at least several months. There isn't anything perishable in the mix, so you could keep it in the cupboard. I just think it stays fresher in the freezer.

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