I have these very fond memories from when I was growing up.... My southern-raised mom would make these great, huge breakfasts on the weekend. It could have been pancakes, french toast, or eggs (to order, of course) and toast. And there was either sausage or bacon, but there was definitely meat. The piece de la resistance - a big pot of grits... oozing with like a stick of butter and sprinkled with a container of salt. I was the only gal in the north who ate grits on a regular basis. And I loved them. (As an adult, I realize it really wasn't the grits... the grits were just a conduit for the butter and salt!)
So, I wanted this for my children, a memory that reinforces how close our family is. I make big, huge breakfasts every weekend. But not like my mom's... we forgo the meat, usually, or substitute turkey sausage/bacon, which really is nothing at all like that really-bad-for-you, greasy, spicy, salty, yummy sausage and bacon. And the grits? Only when we eat out. My pancakes, though, I've been told they're to die for. My recipe had a basis in Betty Crocker, but has long since evolved, and I want to share it with you. This one's for you, Edie!
First, I start with my very own iced latte... can't do anything Saturday or Sunday morning without first consuming at least one iced latte. Then, mix the wet ingredients...
1 C milk
1 T oil (less to be healthy, but some to brown the cakes)
and (here's one secret) 1+ tsp of home-made vanilla
Add the dry ingredient right into the wet... it's not rocket science, and I'm all for minimizing dirty dishes....
3+ T sugar (sweet, like the Scandinavian-made -another secret)
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt, to control the baking powder!
1 C flour
Now, in my family, some like them thin and some like them thick, so I either divide the batter & thin one half with milk, or do the thinner ones last, diluting the batter right in the same bowl(fewer dishes, remember?)
I use a cast-iron griddle that sits on top of my burners. My mother-in-law gave this to me years ago... I wonder if she realizes how she's helped in creating cherished family memories for my kids? I have to double stack my burner grates because my fire burns too hot! (hmmmm...)
(Today, it was about here that my husband walked in on me taking pictures of pancakes, and with the most quizzical look on his face, asked, "WHAT are you doing?" to which I replied, "Getting ready to blog. Ya know, Edie, she....", at which point he interrupted and asked, "Does Edie KNOW she's your hero?" Oh, I'm sure she knows she's many peoples' hero!)
The kids like them with milk chocolate chips baked right in.
Sometimes I get help:
(Ron teaching Lexi how to flip.)
Sometimes we top them with bananas, pecans, and whip topping, and heaven forbid: chocolate syrup! MMmmmmmm....
Serve with REAL maple syrup, preferably imported from my sister's house in Maine; 100% real fruit juice (stawberry banana is the going favorite); fresh sliced pineapple, a memory-keeper from our trip to Maui 4 years ago; and for me, of course, a second or third iced latte.