Friday, May 29, 2009

BBD 20: Great Speckled Pancakes

I believe I am addicted to Bread Baking Day events, thanks to Zorra. No matter how busy my schedule is, I seem to find time to bake bread.

This month, Rachel, of Tangerine's Kitchen, is the hostess, choosing multigrain breads as her theme.

Back in the 70s, I had this cookbook in my possession:

Awareness of recycling and healthy foods for the masses was in its infancy, Earth Day had just arrived, and I was at that certain age where passions for causes run strongly. Over time, I settled into a routine that espoused care of the land (gardens), recycling (ahead of the times), and healthier eating (minimal processes foods). At some point, I suspect this cookbook was culled, but one recipe has remained a family favorite all these years: Great Speckled Pancakes. So this is my offering for Bread Baking Day #20.

Great Speckled Pancakes

1 c. unbleached white flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. corn meal
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c. low-fat milk
1/4 c. melted butter or oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients. Combine liquid ingredients, and add to the dry ingredients, just until moistened. Heat griddle, greasing lightly. Cook pancakes in any size you choose.

(You won’t even miss the sugar, but, if you do, add about 2 tablespoons brown sugar, honey, or other sweetener.)


In addition the pancakes, I did make a multigrain loaf from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. While it had a good texture and flavor, it didn't rise much, so I ended up with a flat-topped loaf. While I've included a photo, this is one bread I will have to remake to see if I can improve on the rise. Guess you can't have success every time.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Ah Judy I still have my copy of that book ;)
The pancakes are excellent.
Success every time, no but then we learn so much more.

Natashya said...

What a great idea to do pancakes! Very creative, and healthy too. Hubby has gotten into the habit of having apple sauce on his instead of syrup and is not missing the syrup at all...ok, much..

pinkstripes said...

Your pancakes sound delicious. I'll have to try them.

Rachel said...

The book sounds interesting...and thanks for sending the pancakes for the vent!

Megan said...

The cornmeal looks like an interesting addition - I'll have to try these!

Kayte said...

I have to get that book all are always baking from that book. On my list.

mary said...

I used this recipe exclusively for pancakes for many years, even at camps feeding 200 kids! I now live in Ireland and the book is in storage in USA. But when I googled it, as I have a craving for them now, here it is. So thank you for making my day. I created a blog after writing a cookbook check it out! mary