Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Batch of Pancakes

I've been on a pancake kick lately.

What's the down side of this? One recipe can make a couple dozen pancakes. I have 3 for morning breakfast and then I have at least a half-dozen meals ready for me. Pancakes can go in the toaster to be warmed but I like to put a small slice of butter on the tops, drizzle them with maple syrup and nuke them for a couple minutes. The syrup and butter soak in and add their flavors to the flavors of the pancakes. It's very much a winning combination.

A couple weeks ago, I made whole wheat buttermilk pancakes. They had a divine flavor and I am down to the last 3 frozen cakes just waiting for the right meal. Yesterday, I trotted out a new recipe, Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancakes. I've mentioned before how cornmeal is a staple in my family. I have wonderful memories of staying with my dad's father overnight and his cornbread served for dinner. Grandpa called it "Johnny Cake". I have a recipe for cornbread that is called "Johnny Cake". I've never researched where that name came from but I'm willing to bet it's from at least the Civil War. Cornmeal would have been a staple of the diet back then and I used to know how to make it over a campfire.

I hauled out my skillet and made pancakes. This recipe made a lot. I have quite a few frozen for later meals.

I think I like the whole wheat ones just a bit better than these. It might have been that the whole wheat ones were cooked in butter. This recipe specified the griddle be greased with oil. Vegetable oil has the least flavor of all the oils in my cabinet so I used that. I still think it added a mild taste that distracted from the pancake. The next time I make these, I think I'll just go with buttering the griddle.

These would be really good with a syrup other than maple, but that's all I had on hand. A good butter pecan syrup would be great.

Finances aren't good as I head toward the end of the month. Having things like pancakes frozen, ready for me, means I won't be staring at the cupboards and then throwing my hands up in the air and not eating. I've done that.

Tonight, I'm trying a manicotti recipe that serves 4. If it works, I'll have meals for the next couple of days. Planning. I need to do more of that.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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