Joy of Pancakes


Today is the birthday of Irma Rombauer, author (with her daughter Marion Rombauer Becker) of that kitchen classic, The Joy of Cooking. In her honor, I post, along with this sketch, my family’s favorite whole-grain pancake recipe, a standard here for everyone’s birthday breakfast, as well as for many Saturday mornings. I have tried out quite a few pancake recipes on the gang over the years, but they always insist on this one from good old Joy. Happy Birthday, Irma Rombauer! I hope that wherever you are the food is good.

Joy of Cooking Whole Grain Griddle Cakes

Sift and measure:
3/4 cups whole grain flour
3/4 cups cake flour (but I use unbleached white)
Resift with:
1 tsp salt (but I use just a pinch)
3 T sugar plus 2 T molasses (but I use 3 T brown sugar instead)
1-3/4 tsp baking powder
Beat lightly:
1-2 eggs (depends on egg size)
If you double the recipe (which I ALWAYS do), you can separate the eggs and beat the whites separately.
Mix beaten egg (or yolks) with:
3 T melted butter
1-1/4 cups milk (but I use buttermilk)
Then blend wet and dry ingredients. Fold in stiffly beaten whites gently, if you have reserved them.
If it’s a birthday, I make shaped pancakes (animals, hearts, initials). I use a pointy spoon.

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