Flat as a pancake-revisited



In my previous post about pancake failure, I told the sad tale of pancakes I could use for wallpaper paste.  I had just about given up, but as a bonafide Capricorn, I was determined to find a pancake recipe that would receive my husband’s seal of approval.

I had tried mixes but didn’t like any  of them.  I also tried rice flour, but they were bland.  I even tried using bananas-that was an utter failure.

There was one mix I hadn’t tried-Bob’s red mill.  Bob’s is known for its use of bean flours, which turn some people off.  I had tried some of their mixes and didn’t like them for that reason.  But at this point I was willing to try anything.  Ok I thought, lets give it a whirl.  I had nothing to lose.

The pancake recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of mix, one egg, one tablespoon of oil and a 3/4 cup of milk.  The first thing I looked for was consistency.  It actually looked like pancake batter.

Having read that adding an extra egg to gluten free mixes will boost fluffiness and flavor, I did just that.

I also added about a teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of nutmeg. I fired up my nonstick frying pan, hit it with cooking spray, and made a test pancake.  I learned my lesson the last time-make one, taste it and if necessary, throw out the rest of the batter.  Don’t make a whole batch if they are yuck.

The pancake looked like it should.  It walked like a duck, but would it quack?

Well-it wasn’t bad.  I added a tablespoon of sugar to the rest of the batter. This might be a matter of taste, but it did help. It did taste a bit like, well, bean flour.  But just a bit.

The batter made about eight pancakes.  I ate three, but the real test was my husband.  I told him I wouldn’t subject him to this pancake dinner trial after the last time.  But I asked him to taste one.  He did-he remarked “I can’t tell the difference”.  Well, it looked like I had the Craig seal of approval.   He said that the only difference he could see was they were more fluffy-not a bad thing.

I finally found a pancake I can live with.   I would love to hear your pancake stories!


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