Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pajama pancakes

Pancakes are a family favorite at our house, especially in our pajamas. In the summer, pajamas might just be an organic cotton T-shirt and undies. But pancakes are always pancakes! Here's a great recipe if you like to load up your pancakes with a lot of protein:
Protein Pancakes
Place in blender and blend one minute: 1 cup cottage cheese, 6 eggs, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 tsp sale, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup mile, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 TBS whey protein powder. You can leave out the protein powder if there's none on hand, but that's what gives these pancakes protein power. Bake on griddle with butter, oil or cooking spray. Top with lots and lots of fresh fruit, yogurt or just honey and butter. Yum and fun for everyone!

Lily's Eggless Oatmeal Pancakes

Lily and I wrote out this recipe together because she LOVES to make these pancakes herself. You'll definitely need to double this because it doesn't make very much. It's not as dense as a bowl of oatmeal, but does have a hint of oatmeal flavor:

Use 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour , 2/3 cup quick cooking oats, 2 T sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, egg replacer for one egg, 1 1/3 cups soymilk, 3 T melted vegan butter substitute. You'll need extra oil,or vegan butter substitute for frying, of course.

In a LARGE BOWL, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a MEDIUM BOWL, mix up the egg substitute, then beat in the milk and margarine. Add the medium bowl mix to the large bowl, stir until just combined, let stand 5 min while you heat up a skillet until a drop of water dances across the surface before evaporating (I love that part and the kids like to watch it).

Brush the surface lightly with oil. For each pancake, drop 3 T batter onto the skillet. Cook until one or two bubbles start to burst on the top (my kids love to watch for this), turn pancake and cook until golden brown on the bottom.

I like to add vanilla extract or almond extract or cinnamon or apples or bananas or any combination of those. You may need to add more soymilk as sometimes the batter is too thick and the pancakes don't cook completely - of course this can mean heat was too high or that you are using a retarded heavy iron skillet?

I don't know, I am still debating about using cast iron or not. I almost break my wrist trying to wash it. I know you are not supposed to wash cast iron in water, but the idea of rancid oil going into my food seems to negate the possible iron benefits...

Tell us what you think about cast iron and about pancakes. Leave us a comment!

Note: Just got an email with this bright idea - why not have the kids make butter when you're making pancakes? Here are the simple instructions I received: Just put the cream in a quart jar, tighten the lid, and shake, shake, shake. It's not a big deal. If you don't want to shake that long, play some music, watch TV, read a book, take turns with the other family members. Part way through it looks like whipped cream, but that just means you aren't finished, unless of course you decide to put whipped cream on your pancakes instead of butter! I have read some folks add glass marbles to agitate or act as a paddle in the churning, but I never did and the results were fine.

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