As promised, this week’s recipe is from my Grandmother’s Kitchen and is on great pancakes of the 1920s. Remember, these are not ingredients from a box, so follow the directions to a T.
True, old-fashioned pancakes were baked (not fried) in cast iron pans. My wife Lisa and I still have iron pans that we use in our old-fashioned way of baking food. If you don’t have iron pans, you could use a heavy aluminum pan to make the ultimate pancakes.
The pan must be hot enough so a couple drops of cold water retain their shape for a few seconds before they burst. If they burst immediately, the temperature is too high.
If the drops spread out, the temperature is too low.
If the heat is too low, pancakes will not rise to their best formation. A pan that is too hot will result in pancake bottoms that are dark-brown and centres that are not fully baked. I suggest adding a little more melted shortening to the mix, reducing the possibility of pancakes sticking to your pan.
Cooking pancakes is like cooking fish: you should stand over the pan and watch the cooking process carefully. With pancakes, you watch until the batter is filled with bubbles and then turn them over (but only once).
To get the ultimate pancake mix for breakfast pancakes, prepare batter before going to bed but don’t add baking powder or soda until you are ready to cook.
Pancakes: The Old-Fashioned Tasty Way
1 ½ cups white flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 ¾ cups milk
½ tsp. salt.
3 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. vanilla
#1 Choice Blueberry Pancakes
Prepare standard pancake mixture, increasing sugar to ⅓ cup. Reduce milk to 1 ½ cups. Add 1 cup flour-coated blueberries. Bake slower than plain pancakes. Serve with melted butter and a layer of brown sugar between pancakes.
Make standard pancake batter, adding ¼ tsp grated nutmeg, 1 cup grated raw apple and ⅓ tsp soda dissolved in 1 tsp. warm water. Reduce milk to 1 ½ cups. For a complete breakfast, add a couple of slices of ham to the plate.
Make the same as standard pancakes, but using buttermilk. Reduce baking powder to 1 ½ level tsp. and add 1 level tsp. of soda dissolved in a teaspoon of warm water.
Make standard pancake batter, adding ¾ cup mashed bananas and a few grains of pepper. Reduce sugar to 2 tsp. and milk to 1 ½ cups. Complement with boiled sausage to finish off a tasty breakfast.
Married Women’s Cake
1 lb. true love
1 lb. perfect love and confidence
1 lb. unselfishness
1 sprinkle of interest in all that your husband does
Mix with sympathy and add a tin of contentment.
Space with a bright fireside and bake into eternity. It sure has worked in our house. And I’ll say Amen to that!