Ah, the ubiquitous pancake. There is no way I am going to tackle the historic permutations and cultural variations of the pancake. (Although I will tackle crepes in a few days so French culture will be discussed).

I do not know anyone who does not like pancakes. What’s not to like?

We have a one-and-only pancake recipe in our house. We call them “Susan Pancakes” because my Aunt Susan made them. One time. After hijacking the recipe, my parents and myself started making them religiously. Susan might get all the credit, but we get all the pancakes. It is a hearty recipe with lots of oatmeal and you can put whatever you like in them. In the winter we usually have golden raisins, but due to the special day, it required some frozen blueberries. A little maple syrup and a strong cup of coffee and your morning is complete. (Don’t give the strong cup of joe to the kids or your morning will be far less than complete).

“Susan’s Pancakes” (Maybe I should start calling them Janelle’s Pancakes??)

You can either start these the night before with whole oats soaked in milk in the fridge, or just use quick oats (soaked for at least 10 minutes) the morning of.

2 c of oats
2 cups of buttermilk (or regular whole milk will do or whole milk soured with vinegar/lemon)
soak together
to this add and mix well:
2 tbsp oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c raisins (if you like, or something else like blueberries but I place the frozen berries on the batter on the griddle)

In another bowl mix:
1/2 c flour (if you used whole milk) – use about 1/3 c flour if you used buttermilk
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar

Add one to the other, mix until just combined and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Add more flour if you prefer them less runny. Fry ’em up! We also like shredded apples or chopped pears or . . .blah blah blah.

Don’t forget to eat them smeared with peanut butter as a mid-afternoon snack. Pickles if you like 😉

via Saskatchewan,

A bowl of mush is usually the beginning of many comfort foods.