Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sour Milk? Make Pancakes...

A week ago I unearthed a forgotten gallon of milk and needed to do something with it.  Now it has "cured" and I was armed with a few recipes.  I hate to waste anything, but I was lucky that my Grandma has taught me a few tricks over the years. 

A lot of recipes call for sour milk.  I run across recipes every now and then, but I forget about them.  I do have a few tried and true recipes that I pull out from my cookbook.

One of the recipes I love to use has been handed down from my Great Grandma Esther.  It was probably passed down to her from her mother and her mother before that.  You get the point. 

My Great Gandma was born at the turn of the century and raised 12 children on a farm in rural Nebraska.  She weathered the Great Depression and sending her sons off to World War II.  She had endured a lot over her years.  She played basketball when it wasn't the norm and could make the keys of a piano waltz.  She also knew how to feed a crew of hungry farm kids.

Here is my Great Grandmother Esther's Pancake Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour milk
  • 2 tablespoons Melted margarine or butter
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the liquids.  Stir until the lumps are gone, but don't overstir. 

Our family likes to add a dash of vanilla to the batter.  We also endulge our palate by adding chocolate chips, blueberries, and strawberries to the batter if we are feeling creative.

Heat a greased skillet or griddle.  Test the temperature by dripping water onto the hot surface.  Your pan is ready when the water "dances". 

I use a cookie scoop to make small pancakes, but you can pour or ladel the batter onto the skillet.  When the pancakes are full of bubbles, flip over and wait a few seconds.  Serve warm with butter and syrup.

I make a lot of pancakes and freeze the leftovers.  The boys just take out one in the morning and zap it for 30 seconds in the microwave.  It's a wonderful time saver and the boys get a warm breakfast before school.

How do you like to eat your pancakes?


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