Friday, October 1, 2010

Experiment...in...Pancakes!

Tastier than an Experiment in Terror, don't you think? Okay, okay, let's just say they're equally tasty. ;)

Yesterday, I bought a small jug of locally-made apple cider, thinking only of enjoying a nice cold glass of the autumn manna. Then, an idea came to me... Apple Cider Pancakes! Could it be done?

After searching a bit online, I only came up with apple cider pancake recipes that called for "pancake mix" or Bisquick. Well, I'm more of a "from-scratch" kinda gal, so I thought why not experiment with one of my tried and true vintage cookbook recipes.

I started out with the pancake recipe that I normally make for Sunday breakfast - Sweet Milk Griddle Cakes from my oft-used and well-loved The Lily Wallace New American Cookbook (copyright 1941, 1943, 1947, 1950).


Now, here's my Apple Cider Pancakes version...

2 cups flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (depending on your preference)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons maple sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups apple cider
1 egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Mix and sift (yes, I do sift - makes a lighter texture!) flour, salt, baking powder, maple sugar, and cinnamon. Mix together beaten egg, cider, and melted butter. Combine with dry mixture and mix well. Drop by tablespoons or pour from a swell vintage batter bowl (the kind with a spout) onto hot griddle (greased well if it isn't cast-iron, otherwise grease lightly). Brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter and real maple syrup (I also think a ginger syrup, blackberry syrup, or cinnamon syrup would be tasty).


As much as I love my well-seasoned round cast-iron griddle, someday I'd like to have either a vintage stove with a "griddle in the middle" or a vintage six-burner stove that I can use a two-burner-sized rectangular griddle on. But, it'll do for now. ;)

Here come the bubbles...


Nicely browned, although I think the cider and/or the maple sugar make the pancakes a darker shade of brown than the usual milk/white sugar recipe...


Sage & Thyme Chicken Sausages (organic, even) for "on the side"....


Now that's a fine fall feast fit for family and friends...


Happy October!


Apple Cider: Jayne's Orchard, West Auburn, PA

Maple Syrup: Back Achers Farm, Rome, PA

4 comments:

Caryn said...

You are *so* my kitchen goddess for breakfast fare, ma'am :)

If I don't have pancakes on the weekend, I feel deprived. This will definitely be this weekend's recipe!

Miss CherryBubbles said...

Oh my. *blushes* I'll be anxious to hear what you think of my recipe experiment.

Usually this would be a Sunday breakfast, but we actually had the apple cider pancakes & sausage for supper last night! I like breakfast anytime. ;)

Rachel said...

Kiernan is a pancake lover, I may have to use your recipe. Cute new haircut :)

Valerie said...

These look so delicious and I am going to try them out as soon as I get some apple cider! I think I'll fry up some SPAM too...
Vintage cookbooks are so fun!