Family · Food · Pancakes

Weekends are for Pancakes!

This weekend I’m starting a new weekly post:  Yes, there will be pancakes on the weekends!  I’m so excited to be adding a weekly pancake post to my “pancake” blog.  I’d love it if you’d share your favorite pancake recipes with me either in the Comments section of this blog, on my “Yes, there will be pancakes” Facebook page, or for those of you closer to me, send me a text, email, or Facebook message.

I know that for most of you making pancakes means buying a box of Bisquick or pancake mix, adding water, and pouring it on the griddle, but I’m going to share a recipe that is so simple that you can make completely homemade pancakes in the same amount of time.  My mother has been making this recipe since I was a little girl.  It is simple, foolproof, and delicious!

Blender Pancakes    (c = cup, t = teaspoon, T = tablespoon)
1c milk
1 egg
2T canola oil
1c flour
2T baking powder
1/2t salt
1T sugar
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until well mixed.  DO NOT OVER-BLEND!  (It will result in lumpy pancakes)  Let batter rest a couple of minutes then pour pancake batter onto a non-stick pan or griddle.  These pancakes do not require butter or cooking spray to keep them from sticking to the pan.  We like to pour our batter into a plastic squeeze bottle so Dave can make shapes for the girls.  (Pumpkins for Halloween, hearts, stars, smiley faces, etc).  Let cook until the tops are nice and bubbly then flip and cook a few minutes more.
Family · Food

Yes, there were pancakes for the first day of school!

Yes! Of course we had pancakes for breakfast the first day of school.  And yes, is has taken me all week to write the post.  I hope you enjoy the recipe.  It has kind of become a family tradition for us.  

I used my home canned pears to make an Austrian pancake (also called a Dutch Baby) for the first day of school.  We have also used fresh, frozen, or canned (drained) apples and peaches in this recipe.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Drain pears and place in oven proof skillet with 2 tbsp butter.  Sauté pears 4-5 minutes until tender.  If you use fresh fruit this takes a little longer (8-10 minutes).  

Add ⅛ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp lemon juice and cook for 1 more minute.  

In a separate bowl whisk 2 tbsp melted butter, ¾ cup milk, 3 eggs, ¾ cup flour, 1 tbsp sugar, and a pinch of salt.

Pour batter over pears in the hot pan and spread.  DON’T STIR.  

Place pan in oven and bake until puffed and golden, 18-20 minutes.  Be careful when removing the skillet from the oven. The handle will be HOT!  I usually keep it covered wth an oven mitt so no one gets accidentally burned while slicing and serving the pancake.

Serve immediately with warm syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar.  In our household this makes 4 servings if you also make bacon or sausage along with it.

Food · Travel

Why pancakes?

It seems only fitting that the first post in our blog should include travel, family, fun and food. It’s equally important that we explain the origin of the name of the blog.

Our 1st trip to Williamsburg, VA, was many years ago in an era fondly known as “B.K.” (Before Kids). You’re familiar with that time in your life. When you could decide on Friday afternoon you were going out of town for the weekend, pack a bag ,and be on your way before dinnertime. We stayed with our parents at their time-share. And while I don’t remember much about that 1st visit, I do remember that you couldn’t stand on the street and throw a rock without hitting at least 3 pancake houses.

Many years later, in the era referred to as “W.K.” (With Kids), though sometimes not as fondly, we returned to Williamsburg for a family vacation. We planned child-friendly excursions, like a trip to Colonial Williamsburg (in period dress) with carriage rides, historical dining experiences, reenactments, getting locked in the stockade, lessons in basket-weaving and blacksmithing, considering input from all of the adults in our travel group.

However, every time we came up with a new outing or event, one of the adults would inevitably ask if we were going to get to go eat pancakes while we were there. The answer was always the same: “Yes, there will be pancakes!” It became the running joke of the trip and the theme of our vacation t-shirts.

To our surprise there seemed to be a substantial decline in the number of pancake eateries since our 1st visit, but we were undeterred. Having made this the theme of our vacation, we ensured that, ultimately, “yes, there were pancakes!”

What makes it all so memorable is that, to this day, whenever we plan a trip anywhere, someone predictably asks, “Will there be pancakes?” And we all know the answer.