Have you ever fainted because your pancakes were so delicious they made you feel like the king of the world? Have you ever desired your pancakes so much you knew in your heart you were in love? No? I guess I haven’t, either, because I’ve never been in love. I’m only 11. Still, this oatmeal pancake recipe is close enough.
This story started on a Tuesday. I like Tuesdays normally. But this Tuesday, the sun was about to set, and we had no dinner ready, and my dad (the cook) was still out working late. So, my mom made binner. By “binner” I don’t mean someone who picks through garbage bins, I mean breakfast-for-dinner. As in — my mom made us pancakes.
Doesn’t exactly make you jump for joy, does it? Well, I wasn’t exactly excited until I knew what recipe we were using. We were using the Oatmeal Pancake recipe from “British Columbia Heritage Cookbook”. In the book the recipe is listed under the chapter: “Brunches, Breads, Buns”. Since I am not eating these pancakes at brunch, I think I will rewrite the book, except call that chapter: “Brunches, Bread, Buns, and Binner”.
Speaking of renaming stuff, I have also decided to rename the recipe “Oatmeal T’n’T (that are made in a pan and are usually called pancakes, and are also explosively good (seriously!))”. Please note that this new name should be spoken in a British accent. A great man once said (or maybe it was that stranger on the street corner): “The best pancake topping is another pancake”. In this case, the best pancake topping would be two more pancakes.
They were buttery and not dry-tasting at all. The oatmeal taste was subtle but made a real difference between these pancakes and normal pancakes. These were 4 billion times better than instant pancake batter. My best friend’s pancake recipe is way better than the instant kind, and that isn’t saying much. Some of the problem with my friend’s recipe is that the cakes are so thin. You don’t want know about the time he tried making crepes.
Since this is one of the best pancake recipes I know, I’m going to post it and I hope you try it. Let me know what you think.
“Oatmeal Pancakes from the British Columbia Heritage Cookbook by Mary Evans-Atkinson”
Says Mary in the book: “A winter treat! For two hearty eaters!”
“Ingredients: 3/4 cup oatmeal, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp. melted butter.
“Put oatmeal in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes. Sift dry ingredients together and add them to softened oatmeal. Beat egg with a whisk in a bowl, then add milk and butter and mix together. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir with a few swift strokes until just blended. Do not beat. Drop by the spoonful onto a buttered heavy-bottomed skillet and cook until golden. Turn and cook the other side. Serve immediately.”
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