The Pancake Chronicles

The Pancake Chronicles: pancake post script<br/>or<br/>mad rambling

The Pancake Chronicles

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

pancake post script
mad rambling

Well, I guess it's time to reply to y'all. I don't ever say "y'all" being the Canadian that I am but I DO enjoy typing it as thought I were a Southern belle with a big hoop skirt. Anyhoo. I was going to write long and lengthy (both redundant and repetitive) responses back to each of you in the comment box but was so stirred (but not overstirred because that makes for a tough pancake and lumps are okay) by your lengthy replies that I thought I'd lengthy reply back in a new post and just wee reply to ya'll in the comment box.

It's true - a pancake mix will simplify my life and if not my life at least a half hour of more bowls than necessary, three wooden spoons and too many flipper thingies. My sweet mommy just sent me a great pancake mix in the mail. She did this of her own accord - unbidden and from the generosity of her heart. I tried it. I liked it! It has one of those long-winded names - Anita's Certified Organic Grain & Flour Mill Ltd. Fresh Stone Ground Flour Multi-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix. (Click for my feelings about this.) Tasty and simple were they. I'm not sure, however, I understand the following comment:
"As far as I know, there is no way to screw up on pancakes if you use store-bought mix." - Anonymous Reader
Um, I can screw up anything if I put my mind to it and have. How is this possible? you ask. A little thing called "instructions"? you imply. I don't KNOW, says dejected I, for the love of all things made of batter I do not know. Fear not, though, I did take it as encouragement knowing how sunny a heart you have. So thank you.

You know I don't believe I've ever actually thrown a pancake. I've only flung metaphorical ones. Don't you think it's time? And if it sticks to the wall that means it's done, right? As in over. As in overdone or as in perished or as in sweet perfection - take your pick just any which way done. And then serve the overdone side down with the underdone side up and smothered in syrup as a sweet diversion. Also, I would now like to say lob. I was trying to insert lob whilst I was thinking of flung and huck but had no place for it so I've tacked it on at the end.

There's something very freeing in not trying something and not apologising for it nor feeling like you need to try or apologise. Even if it's great. And everyone's doing it. If you don't want to make a pancake why should you have to? I've found it's usually much harder to do the things you want to do then the stuff you don't so why waste your time if it isn't actually necessary or doesn't involve kissing? For example, I used to feel bad that I didn't want to try skydiving. Like I was some sort of wimp for not wanting to stare gravity (aka the ground) in the face and say I defy you! But one day I realised that not wanting to leap willy nilly out of a plane and hurdling myself thousands of feet toward a hard surface for fun was quite reasonable. People come up with things like - You need to face your fears. When my plane's on fire and both engines are shot then we'll talk.

In conclusion to my mad rambling I'd like to tell you that I've found the pancake recipe of my dreams. I love it. I smooch it just thinking of it. It's different. And even though I haven't perfected it yet it's definitely the one. Just like my hubby. NO! I'm kidding. Well not kidding about ... well he is the one but not ... and I do smooch him just thinking of him but ... that part about being different ... not perfected ... it ... a joke. I ... aw forget it.

Molly Pans

1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp molasses*
1 egg
2 cups buttermilk** or yogurt
2 tbsp butter, melted

Stir dry ingredients together. Whisk molasses and egg together. Stir in buttermilk. Temper melted butter with a little of the egg mixture first before adding hot butter to keep it from cooking the egg. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir just to combine. These pancakes cook a little slower than regular pancakes so lower temperature accordingly.

* For Hunny Pans substitute honey in place of molasses.
** If souring milk in place of buttermilk use only 1½ cups of milk plus 3 tbsp white vinegar.

Enjoy! And if you can't enjoy then at least play.



Blogger Sonya said...

Wait a tick! You're following the mix instructions? I never, ever follow the instructions...perhaps the key to my pancake success. Oh, and thanks for protecting my anonymity. ;)

29 August 2007 at 19:40  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Oh, Colleen. Sigh. That was good. This one and the one before it. Now I finally, finally know why you called your blog what you did. And I love that you made this fantastic metaphor about your life and pancakes.

And I especially loved the last paragraph before the recipe began. Loved it.

And you. Of course.

30 August 2007 at 14:58  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

What a wonderful blog this is! Someone with a fantastic sense of humour... Love the recipes, love all your observations. I also love the word 'lob'. The thought of 'lobbing' a pancake is very appealing, although I suppose it depends on the consistency of the pancake. You could hurl one if it were floppy enough. In England we would probably say to 'toss' a pancake. All the pancakes I have ever made have been a disaster, so I don't even know why I am talking about them. Anyway, I'm very glad to have found your blog, thanks.

Hugs from Geneva. x

31 August 2007 at 06:20  
Anonymous Felicia said...

Well thanks ya'll :) I'll be giving that recipe a try real soon.

31 August 2007 at 13:45  
Blogger Colleen said...

Dear Anon - screw the instructions? That's your secret? Well, that just changes everything. :)

TalenaBean, my encourager. I'm really glad you loved it as you did. I'm going to have some more time on my hands in the next days so I'm going to try and get my bum over here more often to peck at letters and punctuation. Thanks for, you know, YOU. xo

Hello captaincat. You don't know how stoked I am to get your note. I wish I could describe just how stoked I am in three words or less but I actually feel like blabbing nonstop and know that to be succinct right now is an impossibility. I've just been to your own blog and enjoyed it thoroughly and would like to come by again if that's alright with you.
I like the idea of tossing a pancake - frisbee comes to mind - a game for the whole family if breakfast fails abysmally.
Come by anytime and tell Geneva I say hi.

Felicia - my one and only Georgian peach, are you wearing a hoop skirt? (Please say yes.) Warning: the recipe is one you have to play around with. As long as you like molasses and playing you should be good. :)

31 August 2007 at 15:30  
Blogger Ed and Jenna said...

I'm looking forward to trying your pancakes, actually, getting eddie to try making them so i can enjoy eating them. -I handed over making pancakes a long time ago.

1 September 2007 at 17:21  
Blogger Colleen said...

JennaBean! Pancakes is definitely what I do at the M&C Ranch. But I must say I always enjoy a breakfast made by Eddie. Mark and I both do. Black coffee and lots of sizzling sounds. I love it!
These pancakes are very different tasting from regular pancakes. I usually make it with buttermilk but prefer them with yogurt. They're dark and all molasses-y and not too sweet but just right. I'm not sure how your kidlins would feel about them though ....

2 September 2007 at 13:09  
Blogger Rachel said... have such a way with words. I wish I could write just like YOU!

2 September 2007 at 20:21  
Blogger Colleen said...

Aw thank you, Rachel! And I wish I had a hot tub with a pretty garden .... sigh. ;)

3 September 2007 at 00:10  

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