I was drinking a cup of coffee yesterday morning while reading the news headlines on my laptop. Among the news, I saw a tagline proclaiming that it was National Pancake Day. I was intrigued. I like pancakes. I clicked on the headline and prepared to read a story full of homey touches about making pancakes.
Instead, I ended up in what seemed like an infomercial for IHOP. Apparently, “national” meant that a national chain of restaurants had decided to give away pancakes. There were no homey touches. In fact, this so-called holiday didn’t involve a home at all. I was beginning to compose a post in my head to register my unhappiness with what I perceived as a completely contrived moment of pancake marketing.
Luckily, I continued to read and learned that IHOP’s National Pancake Day is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. The complimentary pancakes come with the request for a charitable donation. I took a deep breath and reminded myself that I should always finish my coffee before doing anything that involves brain power early in the morning. Why the sudden change of heart? I have a vivid memory of being a parent sitting at the bedside of my child in a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Believe me, that memory is much stronger than my opinion regarding pancakes. Suddenly I was on the National Pancake Day bandwagon.
How could we celebrate the moment at 1840 Farm without the potential allergic reaction and high blood sugar that would certainly follow a trip to a pancake house? The answer was simple: make pancakes for dinner. I started to gather ingredients while the children debated the merits of banana versus blueberry. Banana was the clear winner. Now all that was left was the mixing and flipping. The griddle waits for no one.
As usual, the pancakes didn’t linger on our plates. My son had to be cut off and reminded that there would be pancakes waiting for him tomorrow morning for breakfast. Smiles slowly spread across my children’s faces as they excused themselves from the dinner table. They both voiced their opinion that we should have pancake night more often. I had to agree.
I’m sorry IHOP. Continue on with National Pancake Day. I will happily support any day that involves raising money for a deserving charity and puts a smile on my children’s faces. In the end, pancakes really do deserve their own holiday. Pancake night at 1840 Farm seems like a good start.
1840 Farm Pancakes
serves 6 – 8
This pancake base has been a family favorite for years. We typically dress them with banana slices or blueberries grown on our farm, but they would be delicious topped with your favorite pancake companion.
240 grams (2 cups) King Arthur White Wheat Flour
60 grams (5 Tablespoons) brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 ounces plain yogurt
15 ounces skim milk
1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large bananas, sliced thinly
Lightly coat a griddle or cast iron skillet with a neutral tasting oil like safflower or canola. Heat griddle or cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
Meanwhile, combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs in a medium bowl before adding yogurt, milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add the prepared liquid ingredients. Gently whisk until the mixture is well combined and no lumps appear.
Add batter to griddle or skillet using ladle. Allow bubbles to appear throughout the pancake before adding banana slices. Turn pancake and cook on second side until lightly browned. Top pancakes with butter and maple syrup. Serve warm.