Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10: Pancakes for Dinner

Many people don't realize that pancakes for dinner are a real treat.  Of course they make a great breakfast as well. But there is something about having them for dinner that feels a bit... decadent.

I associate pancakes with so many fond memories growing up; I made pancakes with my grandfather on the farm which were always thick and fluffy thanks to the extra baking powder he liked to add to the batter along with lots of fresh cream from his cows and eggs that we had hand picked from the hen house that morning;  I made pancakes with my aunt who came to visit from New York who was more accustomed to the variety that came out of a box than a bowl,  though she still managed to keep me and my sisters spellbound as she fed our insatiable appetite for her flimsy cakes and (more importantly) fantastic stories;  but I have to say, the best pancakes of all were the ones my mother made for dinner. It didn't happen that often, but when it did, it made us all very happy-  partly because there wouldn't be any arguments with our father about the nutritional benefits of eating our vegetables or the plights of those less fortunate,  but mostly... because pancakes are just delicious and who wouldn't prefer pancakes to peas any meal of the day?

Arguably,  the best part of this "pancakes for dinner" idea  (apart from being the easiest thing in the world to prepare) belongs to the cook who is asked the ever-dreaded "what's for dinner?" and is able to sweetly reply, "pancakes." Who can argue with that?

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs

1) In a bowl mix all dry ingredients together until combined.
2) In a separate bowl beat eggs, milk and butter together.
3) In the bowl with the dry ingredients, create a well in the centre and slowly add the wet mixture to the dry while stirring. Mix until just incorporated being careful not to over stir.
4) In a skillet, melt enough butter to coat the pan over medium high heat.
5) Fry pancakes on medium high heat and serve immediately.

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