Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A true story

We seriously love pancakes at my house.


My friend, Coral, does not. Seriously.

Every once in a while, though, she will find a recipe for pancakes that she likes, like the oatmeal pancakes I am about to share with you. She clipped it from a magazine (I never knew which one).

The first time I made these, I could tell right away that something was amiss, as it were. My first pancake didn't puff or bubble up the way a good little pancake should. I was flummoxed. (I mean, I know that the first pancake isn't always perfect, but this was very disappointing.) I checked the recipe. Had I added everything it listed? Yes. Then I double-checked the recipe, and it dawned on me that I didn't remember putting any leavening in the batter -- no baking soda, no baking powder -- and the recipe didn't call for any.

The moral of this story is to write down the recipe correctly.

A phone call to Coral to verify set me straight, and I felt a little silly, but not nearly as silly as the next {Ahem...}five to ten times I made it when I forgot to write the leavening on the recipe card and made it wrong again. (And again... And again...) Each time having to add the baking powder after the fact.

(The other moral of this story is to be smarter than I am...)

Despite our rocky start, these have really become a staple at our house. The original recipe calls for all-purpose flour, but I like wheat. These are hearty and wholesome, but not heavy. I particularly love them with a hearty smear of butter and a healthy dab of applesauce, but they're fantastic with syrup, too. Give them a try! (Just don't forget the baking powder.)

Here they are with applesauce. Yum!

Oatmeal Pancakes

2 c. milk
1 1/3 c. quick oats
1 1/3 c. whole wheat flour
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 eggs
4 tsp. oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
more milk, as desired

In a small saucepan, heat milk until hot to the touch. (But don't let it boil.) Remove from heat and stir in oats. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, along with milk and oatmeal mixture. Mix until just combined, adding more milk if you like a thinner batter (which I do). The batter will be lumpy. (Mostly because there is oatmeal in it, and oatmeal is lumpy. See how that works?)

Cook on a lightly greased griddle, about 1/4 cup at a time. Serve with butter (of course) and applesauce or syrup.


  1. I'm always surprised when I'm mentioned in your posts. Like you are sharing a bit of your famous-ness with me. :)
    Sad thing about these pancakes...Z won't eat them so I don't make them. I should anyway. They are yummy. Mmmm...

  2. That is sad. You really should make them anyway. I'm lucky that P will eat just about anything I plunk down in front of him.

    And you're famous in my kitchen! I use pretty much every recipe I've poached from you on a regular basis.


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