Daily Archives: February 5, 2013

Seriously, They have a Day for Everything

Okay campers, today is National Pancake Day.  No, really, it is. Google it.

Fine, I’ll play along. Here are my favorite whole wheat pancakes – unexpectedly light and fluffy with just a hint of nutty flavor. Perfect with real maple syrup.

From a rainy day last September:

Making whole wheat pancakes can be tricky – I don’t want them to be heavy and dry, I still want light and fluffy. The recipe below serves that up:

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Beat together until light and frothy:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Sift together:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp buttermilk powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just moistened, batter will be lumpy.  Ladle into a hot, well oiled skillet or griddle. [Reduce heat to medium after it has heated up because these brown quickly.]

While with white flour pancakes you’d wait to see bubbles on the top of pancakes to flip them, you don’t want to do that with these. As soon as the bottom is golden, flip. And as soon as the bottom is again golden, remove.

This keeps them from being too dry. It’s a bit of a balancing act – you want to make sure they aren’t runny, but you also don’t want to over cook. As soon as the center bounces back they are ready to remove.

Top with butter and real maple syrup. Yum.

Perfect dinner tonight.

Take THAT National Pancake Day! I can’t wait to see what they throw at me tomorrow. If it’s national squid day, you’re on your own.

Unless of course this is the squid you're looking for...

Unless of course this is the squid you’re looking for…

UPDATE: Turns out IHOP has turned it into a good cause.  Check it out here.  Way to go IHOP.