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Today is International Pancake Day.

Breakfast is the domain of Ed.  Supper is the domain of me.  Hmm.

The kids will just be honest and tell you I don’t wake up very early.

If you’ve ever been at our house on a Saturday morning, you’ve had pancakes. AND if you’ve ever been to our house for SUPPER on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, you’ve had pancakes.  Herewith follows, in the actual typewritten words of Ed, the official Ed Lowry pancake recipe.

You know, now that I think about it, this official recipe has changed many times. Ed’s original pancakes began and ended with Bisquick. The lovely bachelor man I married made EVERYTHING with Bisquick.  But, having got himself a wife keen on fiber and fretful about trans-fats, he developed this wholesome, once a week recipe.  It won’t clog your arteries or set you down for a post pancake glucose coma, either.  They are just darn good pancakes.

We serve them with warm syrup and natural peanut butter.

2 cups milk

1 T. vinegar (or lemon juice)

1 cup white flour

1 cup wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

4 tsp baking powder

1 T. sugar

2 eggs

5 T. yogurt (or melted butter or oil)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

First whisk the milk and vinegar and let it sit while mixing the dry ingredients.  This is a trip to emulate the effect of buttermilk (I suppose you could just use buttermilk too.)  Now mix the flour, soda, salt, baking powder and sugar and put to the side.  Beat the eggs then add the yogurt (or butter or oil) to them.  Here’s the deal with the yogurt.  We learned this from a local baker when asking how they made fat free cinnamon rolls.  They said they replaced the butter with yogurt.  Simple.  So we adopted that for our pancakes, and it works.  Even makes them a little puffier.  Anyway, now whisk the egg/yogurt mixture into the milk.  Now add the vanilla (this is an optional ingredient related to the presence of the chocolate chips, though adding vanilla and a little cinnamon to the non-chip cakes is quite nice).  Before combining the wet and dry ingredients, go ahead and stir the chocolate chips into the dry side.  This alleviates extraneous stirring of the batter after it is mixed (which negatively impacts the effect of the baking powder.  At least that’s what I read somewhere).  Now stir the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing only enough to get them stirred together.  Okay, now they are ready to cook on the skillet/pan or your choice in whatever size you like.


Of course, you can skip the chocolate chips.  You could alternatively add chopped apples or blueberries.

If you are in the mood for a total crazy splurge, heat up equal parts butter and brown sugar in a pan, toss in sliced bananas and heat through until it is bubbly wonderful.  Spoon over hot pancakes. Finish by licking your spoon, fork, and plate.

Happy Pancake Day.

And thank you, Amy Thompson, for your sharing your love of International Pancake Day with me–and every person you know!  🙂


About onlifeandbeans

I like to make the adventure taste good by cooking tasty, wholesome food. Most of what I've learned in cooking, I've picked up from cookbooks and lots of practice. (Thank you, Fannie Farmer, for the right start. ) I so appreciate cookbooks that tell how and why to do something; that's why I do the same for my readers. I want to know what is in my food. I want my family to sit down and share a meal together. I want our food to taste good. Home-cooking takes time, but it gives back rich dividends in budget minding, good health and familial love. One meal at a time.

4 responses »

  1. Well hello On Life and Beans! I didn’t know you had a blog. I’m so excited about reading all this good stuff.

  2. My dearest Andrea, you are most welcome. I am eager to try out this recipe although I hate to admit it. I’m a horrible pancake cooker. I love them so much and just about ruin them everytime I attempt to bake them. When I had students over for pancake lunch after church in Sterling it was always one of their jobs to flip the flapjacks. Now, to find some pancake-lovin’ students here in Lamar . . .


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