9/2/13

Golden Whole Wheat Pancakes

I remember it like it was yesterday. The day that changed my life forever. An estate sale in Yukon, Oklahoma five years ago and me, the new owner of an electric griddle. Laugh if you will but I went from making one pancake at a time to six and had time left to juice oranges! Some might even be able to cook eight, but I make Texas size pancakes in my house.  How on earth did I ever get along without one before? No idea. But about a year ago, I noticed a problem with my prized albeit used griddle. The upper right corner was flaking off a bit. Not wanting to get little bits of black "whatevers" in my pancakes, I avoided that corner, bringing my pancake abilities down to 5. Sigh. Then it started to spread like a disease to the bottom corner too. Ugh, I really don't want to go back to the one pancake at a time idea, and have you ever seen an electric griddle with no Teflon? Well, that didn't cost more than my car?

 
Teflon. Nasty stuff. Toxic stuff. I knew I should have thrown it out years ago. But come on, 6 pancakes at a time!

We interrupt this very sad story to bring you the recipe for my no fail, perfect every time, delicious, nutritious, whole wheat pancakes. Warning; once you try this one, you will never be able to eat tasteless white cardboard pancakes made from a mix again. They are not gluten free, but are Teflon free!


1 cup freshly ground wheat flour, divided
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 T butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk, divided (It has to be buttermilk)

Melt the butter, whip in the egg. Add the salt, baking soda and half the buttermilk. Then add half the flour and stir. Then the other half of the flour and remaining buttermilk. If you just dump everything in at once, you will have lumps and who likes lumps? They are so lumpy. For super smooth mix that bakes up fluffy, alternate buttermilk and flour. And glory be! They are delicious. Especially with chocolate chips, not so great with Teflon chips.

This recipe makes about 8 Texas sized pancakes. If you need more, which we always do, double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. But be sure to alternate your flour and buttermilk.

Back to the story: I have searched high and low for an electric griddle sans Teflon and in my search, my mind reflected upon what we used growing up. Interestingly, we had waffles more often than pancakes in my childhood home.  But I remember my parents using a griddle that fit across two burners on the stove. Then it hit me. We have one of those. Made of cast iron! Right in my own house. Yippee! Only, they have a learning curve:

 
Oh yea, and my particular model only cooks three at a time. (Frowny face) One usually comes out perfect, one burned and one not quite done. But I am getting better. It helps to turn the stove on before you even start mixing up the batter. The key is for the whole iron griddle to get uniformly hot. My lack of patience may have something to do with my inconsistent results. Darn you Teflon! We had a good thing going for awhile there. But I can learn new things. Humans are adaptable like that. And three pancakes at a time is not exactly a third world problem. Not exactly! And do you know what my son said just this morning?
 
The only cure for cancer is not to get it in the first place.
 

He is a smart one that kid! He proudly did the honors for me (I just couldn't), kicking cancer to the curb!

 


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26 comments:

  1. Hi Janine! I love your sense of humor! And I am so glad you got a new griddle. My husband uses one just like your new one. I think you'll be happy, even if it doesn't cook six at a time :)

    Those pancakes look delicious too!
    From Unite,
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks Ceil! The only thing I can do to keep from crying over my griddle is to laugh it off. Seriously. I get so attached to some appliances.

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  2. Oh, I have a serious "cheat" when it comes to cooking pancakes: I pour all the batter into a pie plate or large cake pan - usually over some fruit. Then I bake the whole thing and serve it cut into wedges! No standing over a hot griddle, and everyone's breakfast is done at the same time. (I suppose you could pour the batter into muffin pans as well)

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    1. I have seen that on Pinterest. I think we will try that for Sunday breakfast this week. Love the muffin tin idea. Maybe we could swirl the syrup on top before baking and save a sticky mess too. Thanks for sharing Lillian.

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  3. Oh I know the feelings described above. How much teflon do we ingest, yet we still use the scratched up pans because they are our favorite. My husband gets after me for using my favorite kitchen utensils even when they are worn out. My mother-inlaw has an elctric skillet that she used for pancakes. It is an older one, but not coated in teflon. Now you are making me think that I really need a cast iron griddle. I will keep my eyes out at the yard sales. As for good pancakes, we have started making whole grain pancakes with a natural yeast start. I go somewhere else and eat white flour yuck pancakes and wonder why. We will never go back.

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    1. We got all stainless steel and they are a pain for cooking eggs, or well, anything. It is like learning to cook all over again. And for my husband, since he never learned to cook the first time, it is doubly difficult...ha ha!

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  4. Super cute story and I shared the blog with my sis in law who grinds her own wheat and whose family oddly enough eats pancakes. Thanks for sharing on UNITE.

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    1. Oh, thanks for sharing. They really are the best pancakes.

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  5. So are there nonstick cookie sheets and kettles and pans that aren't made of teflon/other bad stuff? Is cast iron considered nonstick? I know I've used a cast iron frying pan for flat bread and it worked really well.

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    1. Sounds like cast Iron is the cookware of choice for those avoiding Teflon. The big jellyroll pans are great cookie sheets that do not have Teflon. You are really good with anything that is not coated and is stainless steel.

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  6. I've been experimenting with a cast iron griddle lately as well. That non-stick electric griddle is the last hold-out of teflon in our home as well.

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    1. Well, good luck to you. It is not an easy thing to let go of.

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  7. I likede how you told this story; very cute!
    Visiting from the Friday blog hop. :-)

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    1. Thanks, who doesn't love a good story? Thanks for reading!

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  8. Glad you kicked the Teflon to the curb and thanks for sharing the recipe on Tuesday Greens over at www.craftygardenmama.com.

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    1. Thanks, it took a lot of fortitude. But it is long gone now, and nothing can bring its return.

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  9. Ooh!! Sounds good! We love pancakes at our house! Hoping to try these in the morning!

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  10. I am cracking up here! Although I am not a pancake fan, I do understand the attachment to a loved appliance that does wonders for you!

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    1. Thanks Toodie. Not a pancake fan? Inconceivable!

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  11. You always crack me up! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Co-host
    Mindie ~ http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Mindie! I will be there on Tuesday.

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  12. I found you through a blog link up and loved your story. We have one pan that we keep around for tacos and a few other meals that really needs to go but it was a wedding gift and I feel like I should find out some other way to get rid of the flaking gross stuff but since I haven't, it sits in the drawer. If only I was as strong as you were :)

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    1. Well, it was my 14 year old who ultimately tossed it in the trash. I do get a bit of help from my friends!

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  13. Loved your post, what a great story. Thank you for linking up to the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday and check out our Autumn Giveaway!
    Kathi @ oakhillhomestead.com

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