Pancakes from Scratch

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Okay, I admit it.  For me, pancakes are really just an excuse to get my fill of a local specialty, maple syrup. Most years, by late March, the typical spring thaw in Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec is characterized by day time highs that are a little above the freezing point and nights just below it.  This creates the ideal condition to start the sap running in the sugar maples that  thrive here.  There are a number of commercial and family-run sugar bush operations in the area and I enjoy taking a ride out to sample their offerings of the sweet stuff. Brunches at a rustic sugar shack or cabine à sucre are a spring ritual that celebrates one of our Canadian food treasures.

Choose your Maple Syrup

There are categories of maple syrup ranging from light to dark.  Similar to how olive oil is graded, the extra-light is the first to be produced and is considered by the aficionados to be the finest grade.  It is very smooth going down and has no after taste.  As the season progresses, the syrup turns amber, and the taste is a little heavier. At the end of the run, the syrup gets dark, and the taste is harsher.  This grade is not so common and could be described as a bit like a woody molasses.

Since we are going all natural with the syrup, it would only be fitting to do the same with the pancakes.  Here is a variation of a recipe from an old Five Roses Flour cookbook published back in the 1950s. This was an era before the boxed mixes that claim to take the hassle out of making pancakes. But seriously, making them from scratch really is no more hassle than making them from a boxed mix. Try this recipe and you be the judge.

Pancakes from Scratch
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
270 calories
40 g
67 g
9 g
8 g
5 g
130 g
640 g
10 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
130g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 67mg
22%
Sodium 640mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
20%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Dry Ingrediants
  1. 1¼ cup flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. ⅓ tsp salt
  4. 2 tbsp sugar
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 2 tbsp melted butter
  4. ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingrediants
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, add the butter, milk and mix well.
  3. Stir into the dry ingredients
  4. Add a little lard or oil to a large frying pan and heat to medium
  5. Ladle out portions into pan and fry until bubbles form. Flip over
  6. Cook for about a minute on the other side.
  7. Serve immediately
Notes
  1. Thicker batter yields thicker pancakes. If you like them thin, add a little more milk to the batter. This recipe makes about 6, 6 inch diameter pancakes.
Adapted from A guide to Good Cooking by Five Roses Flour
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calories
270
fat
9g
protein
8g
carbs
40g
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Adapted from A guide to Good Cooking by Five Roses Flour
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