Pancake Day – 2012

This is just a friendly reminder that Tuesday, February 21, 2012 is Pancake Day. You may be wondering why a library would be making a post about Pancake Day. The reason is simple – Pancakes are delicious!

Since the library is closed on Monday, February 20, 2012 for Family Day, I had to remind myself to pick up a cookbook from the Non-fiction section before going home today so tasty-tasty pancakes can be had on Tuesday. Icould go with the simple method of “Following the instructions on the box,” but with so many pancake options out there, I wanted to try something a little more advanced and from scratch. FYI: Cookbooks are in the 640’s. It was a teeny bit overwhelming knowing which book to select, soI went with something a little familiar: “Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast & Brunch.” It sounded like a pretty good title to help me out with my Pancake Day preparation dilemma. (Besides,  how can I deny myself of recipes like Belgian Waffles, Italian Hot Cocoa, Coffeecake Loaf with Streusel, Raspberry Coulis, and Honey-Bun French Toast? This is going to be a very breakfast-filled weekend…)

If you don’t have time to come to the library to select a Pancake Day cookbook, perhaps you can use this “Basic Pancakes” recipe from “Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast & Brunch:”

Basic Pancakes:

(Makes about twelve 5″ cakes)

Whisk together in a large bowl:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a separate bowl, whisk together:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional, but yummy)

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir them together, mixing just until combined. (It’s best if you mix the wet & dry together using a spatula or wooden spoon. If you overwork the batter, it activates the flour’s gluten, and you end up with a tough pancake.)

If you wish, fold in one or more of the following:

  • 1/2 cup plump raisins or other very finely diced soft dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced rip bananas
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon (Bacon in pancakes?! Why didn’t I think of this myself?!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded sweetened dried coconut (This, too, has never occurred to me.This is why you get cookbooks from the library!)
  • 1/4 cup grated semisweet or milk chocolate

Lightly butter, oil, or spray your griddle or frying pan, and heat it over medium heat to approximately 350 degrees F.

Spoon 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake, nudging the batter into rounds. Cook until the top of each pancake is speckled with bubbles and some bubbles have popped open, then turn and cook until the underside is lightly browned. Note that the second side will not get as dark as the first side – which will take only about half as long as the first side did. It is best to turn pancakes just once. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven while you finish cooking the rest.

So, there you go. A pancake recipe for Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, courtesy of “Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast & Brunch.”

You know, I’m not much of a cook. (I prefer to bake). Even though I work at the library, I never take much time to just browse the cookbook collection. It really is astonishing – all of the options there are! I have some family members that purchase cookbooks, make a recipe or two out of them, and then the book sits on a shelf, collecting dust for all eternity. How silly! The library has a whole schlew of cookbooks here for me to check out, make a recipe or two, copy it down if I actually like it, and return it. If I really like the book, I can just check it out again! (Sometimes I find myself just checking out a cookbook, reading the recipes, and looking at the pictures. No actual cooking takes place.)

My point is, life is too short and money better spent on other things than cookbooks. Use the library to assist in your next culinary adventure, even if you’re just making pancakes. (That and pancakes are delicious.)

-RC

2 thoughts on “Pancake Day – 2012

  1. rosytales February 17, 2012 / 1:30 PM

    Thanks, RC. And don’t forget Canadian maple syrup… pancakes aren’t the same without it!

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