September 14, 2007


The Recipe That Keeps on Giving: Yeah, it's just a simple old-fashioned pancake recipe made from seven ingredients. But man, oh, man -- what a recipe! (Ryan D'Agostino, 9/14/07, Esquire)

My brother can walk into any kitchen and cook up something good -- really delicious -- using whatever ingredients he finds. No cookbook, no grocery-store run. Somehow, he comes up with a bouillabaisse or risotto or crème caramel.

I don't have this skill, but I wish I did. So in my wallet, I carry a recipe for pancakes (see above and also below). I have used it countless times to whip up fluffy, sweet flapjacks, and my hosts always react the same way: with surprise, appreciation, and pronouncements of my prowess in the kitchen. [...]

Wallet Pancakes

• 1 1/4 cups flour
• 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 egg
• 1 1/4 cup milk
• 3 tablespoons melted butter

Combine dry. Beat egg. Combine wet. Mix wet into dry. Stir until barely mixed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2007 6:30 AM

The wife swears by a recipe that uses buttermilk and iirc 1/2 corn meal 1/2 flour. The result is tasty, though I'm not a huge fan of pancakes -- they take up valuable stomach real estate better used for, say, bacon.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 14, 2007 9:03 AM