When I left home, dear Granny Newton presented me with a cookbook. She had crafted the fabric cover and carefully filled it with scores of recipes. Some tried and true favorites. Some that she thought worth trying. Many hand-written, some clipped from newspapers.
There were also blank pages, and so I have added to the collection over the years. It is my go-to cookbook for many dishes.
I guess this blog is a similar gift to y’all. Only with 25 years of technology added to the format.
These pancakes are her recipe from that treasured book.
You will need:
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (If you use self-rising flour, you may omit the baking powder and salt.)
One of the fun things about this recipe is that it’s mixed in a quart canning jar.
Put the egg and 1 Tbsp. oil into the jar.
Add 1 Tbsp. sugar
and 1 cup milk.
Screw on the lid and shake until blended.
If you have children of your own one day, they are a wonderful help with the shaking.
And your wife will enjoy rolling over for a bit more sleep while y’all make breakfast!
(This wife and kid business is all one day, of course. One day a very long time from now.)
But back to the pancakes . . .
Add 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour to the jar. It will reduce mess if you use a funnel.
Replace the lid and shake some more.
Should you have any remaining lumps, a whisk or an immersion blender will take care of them.
Now you pour a bit of cooking oil onto a hot griddle and spread it with a spatula to cover the entire surface.
I always do one little test pancake to make sure everything is hot enough.
It needs to get little bubbles on top, and then it is ready to flip.
Once you’re sure the pan is ready to go, you can begin mass production.
You’ll have enough batter to make about eight pancakes.
I like butter and syrup on mine, but you could always go the fruit and whipped cream route, as well.
If you’ll eat some sausage or bacon on the side, a small serving of fruit and a glass of milk with your pancakes, you can avoid that I’ve-had-so-much-sugar-I’m-gonna-be-sick feeling.
I love you,