I didn’t post about pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, aka stuff your face full of pancakes day. (Although: we did.) But this morning when I woke up at 5am — I’ll tell you about my ongoing love/hate relationship with the sun later — it just seemed natural to make up a batch of our favorite pancakes.
Here’s a not-so-secret secret: my favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking. When my great aunt passed away she left a house full of odds and ends, and somehow I ended up with her well-loved edition of the Joy of Cooking. I must have been a pre-teen at the time, with no particular thought for cooking, much less the “joy of”. But here I am, thirty-some years later, having brought this cookbook with me from state to state to country to country. It’s my go-to for everything from how to skin a rabbit (seriously, see page 514) to how to make classic french sauces to how to develop a menu to, well, pancakes. So here you are, courtesy of Irma Rombauer and M’tante Lucy:
Sift before measuring:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 or 2 slightly beaten whole eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 to 1 1/4 cups milk
Mix the liquid ingredients quickly into the dry ingredients. [Here the recipe directs you to see the page — yes there is a whole page — on testing the griddle and cooking the cakes. I’m going to hope you can figure that out, or find a copy of this lovely classic for yourself.] This recipe makes about fourteen 4-inch cakes, and suggests serving with sausages and syrup.
Being who I am, I modify the recipe a bit. A bit of lemon juice for a certain yummy tenderness, some vanilla extract for that delicious aroma, and, depending on mood, maybe some cinnamon. I’ll also replace the all-purpose flour with bread flour for some extra poof, or replace some of the flour with whole wheat or whole grain flour for extra bite. And here you go:
What could be better for a lazy, sunny Saturday morning? We had ours with local bacon, confectioner’s sugar, and big cups of tea (for me) and hot chocolate (for the kids). Now that’s some joy. Happy weekend!