14 February 2007

Dave Elliott's Mom's Pancakes

These are the best pancakes. Dave Elliott was a dude who used to live with my mom and dad, whose mom made the best pancakes. Legend has it that although she passed away, her pancake recipe lives on because it rocks. I made these for Ken this morning for Valentine's day. His favorite way to eat them is topped with plain yogurt, seasonal fruit and real maple syrup.

2 eggs, separated
1 c. buttermilk, plain yogurt, or milk with a little lemon juice added
1 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
some vanilla flavoring (about 1/2 tsp - eyeball it like Rachel Ray)
some almond flavoring (1/4 tsp?) (special for valentine's day)
1-2 T. melted butter

1. Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and beat until stiff but not dry. Set aside.

2. Beat yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Add buttermilk; beat together. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Add flavoring and melted butter; stir to combine. Fold in egg whites.

3. Pour batter by the half-cup (approx) onto a pre-heated griddle, at around 275 degrees (or if your stovetop temperature is actually manageable, unlike mine, a large frying pan over medium heat should work).

Makes about 12 - 4" pancakes.


Anonymous said...

Tried these over the weekend. They were good but i think I messed up the directions a little. What does the recipe mean by "beat" in steps 1-3. I assume you use a mixer to beat the egg white and egg yolk, but do you use a mixer in the final mixing or do you "fold-in" the egg whites like Martha? :)

Also, I cut the recipe in half AND forgot the sugar until after I poured the mix on the griddle, at which point I promptly sprinked sugar on the raw dough...which probably wasn't the smartest thing to do but, hey, I figured it needed sugar somehow. SO, maybe the sugarless recipe halved caused it to be good...but not great.

E-Mo said...

ooh good question. Yes, you are right, I use a mixer on the egg white & yolk, but at the end I should say you "fold in" the egg whites. Did you do that?

Anonymous said...

Nope, I mixed them with a beater like a doofus. Ah well. SO spoon mixing combined with remembering the sugar should make them that much better next time!