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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Queen of the Griddle

Yes, she could do other things, too . . .

Breakfast.

One of the three best meals of the day.
Especially when one stumbled from bed into the kitchen and realized that Mom had the griddle out.
Mmmm. Pancakes.
The best of the best.
Mom's pancakes were famous. Well in our world. Light and fluffy and oh, so eat-able.
And when one started eating, one simply couldn't stop.
My record?
Twelve.
Dripping with butter and syrup.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
When I started dating my future Husby, I couldn't wait for him to taste my Mom's pancakes. Fortunately for him, and his status as boyfriend without sleep-over benefits, there were times when she made them later in the day.
What is even better than breakfast for breakfast?
Breakfast for supper.
My Husby-to-be agreed that Mom's pancakes were truly remarkable. So much so that he asked her for her recipe.
Now, you have to realize that, by this time, Mom had been making these same pancakes for nearly forty-five years.
She could do them in her sleep. An important skill first thing in the morning.
But I digress . . .
“Hmm,” she said, frowning thoughtfully. “Sure I can give you the recipe.”
She then proceeded to list ingredients and amounts as she had been adding them for decades.
“A couple of scoops of flour. Eggs. Sugar. This much salt.” She held up finger and thumb pinched together. “A couple of cake spoons of baking powder. Milk to make it batter-y.”
My Husby-to-be was frantically scribbling, a slight frown between his brows. When he was done, he stared at what he had written. “Ummm . . . okay,” he said doubtfully.
And he went home and tried them.
Adjusted ingredients and tried again.
And again.
For over 42 years, he has been struggling to get it right.
He's still not there.
And Mom took the original recipe with her when she went home.
Sigh.
I love pancakes.
I miss my Mom.
P.S. I'd give you the recipe, but it's a work in progress. I'll let you know . . .

6 comments:

  1. I think most of our mothers took at least one perfect recipe with them when they left...

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  2. I have a chocolate cake recipe that starts "shortening the size of an egg" . . . Reading about your mom's pancakes is making my mouth water!

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  3. My grandmother baked like that and even when I watched her I never duplicated her recipe :(

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  4. At first I wondered why the baking powder, then I remembered my own pancakes, which are flat when made with plain flour and fluffier when made with self raising flour, which of course contains baking powder as the raising agent.

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