Welcome to Our Pancake Blog

Welcome to Our Pancake Blog!

So, what does a married couple with no children and free time do? Why think of creative ways to eat of course. So begins the Around the World in Pancake Sundays project.

One day while eating pancakes made from sprouted wheat and chocolate chips, we started talking about how fun it would be to eat a different type of pancake each Sunday. I know, you must be stuck on the whole sprouted wheat pancakes. I'm sure many are thinking eeeeewwww, sounds yucky right now. However, they are actually quite tasty. We were given our first taste of them by a friend last New Year's Eve (well, technically the morning after New Year's Eve). We were so enamored of them that we went searching for our own sprouted wheat to make some for ourselves a couple of months later.

O.K., enough digressing. While eating the above mentioned pancakes, the conversation started about eating a different type of pancake each Sunday. We began to wonder if we could find a different type of pancake for each Sunday for a whole year. So we set ourselves the challenge of finding a unique pancake recipe to try out each Sunday.

We continued to talk about this idea for the next couple of weeks. We started thinking about how most cultures actually have their own versions of pancakes. This led us to try to find a pancake from each country in the world. We finally began our project last Sunday, and decided to chronicle it here in this blog.

So welcome to our pancake blog, we hope you enjoy it as much as we are sure to enjoy making and eating them! Heck, we hope you make some and enjoy them too!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

To Burundi or not to Burundi? That is the Question - Is the Answer So. Cal.?

So this Sunday finds us having had too much work to do the previous week and no time to do any research into pancakes for Burundi, the next and final country in the Bs.  Seriously, trying to paint a kitchen and get report cards done at the same time are two activities that just don't mix.  Anyway, I digress as I often do, back to the important discussion of making pancakes.

It's now Sunday, and we find ourselves without a pancake recipe and little energy to put into researching one for Burundi.  While waiting for the dog to finish his business so that I could close the back door, I discovered this:

All of my previously slightly yellow, but mostly green lemons had decided to ripen up at the same time.  Yippee!  My mind said, "Let the lemon madness begin!"  I'm always excited by the first big batch of ripe lemons on the tree despite the fact that we pretty much have lemons on the tree year round (just not so many).  Thoughts of lemon cookies, lemon loaf, and lemon curd started dancing in my head!  Anyway, as soon as I saw the number of ripe lemons I was immediately reminded of a lemon poppy seed recipe that I stumbled upon on one of my several forays onto the StumbleUpon website.  It's a blog from a baker named Joy called Joy the Baker, and I remembered thinking how fantastic they looked.  So we decided to postpone our trip to Burundi for a week, and instead we took a detour to our own backyard of Southern California.  As I read her blog, Joy is apparently from So. Cal. too!

So off we go to Southern California.  To make these pancakes, you can look at Joy's site if you'd like to, or you can just continue reading and I'll recreate it here for you.  For these pancakes you'll need the following:

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
butter, shortening, or vegetable oil for frying

The first thing you'll need to do is pick your lemons if you're fortunate enough to have a lemon tree in your backyard.

After picking your lemons, you'll need to zest and juice them.  I needed six lemons to get enough zest, but my lemons were a bit on the small side. Once you have your lemon zest, mix it with the sugar until it looks something like this:

Now you're ready to whisk together your dry ingredients.  Sorry, we don't have a picture of the whisked dry ingredients this time.  After you whisk the dry ingredients together, mix in the sugar/lemon zest mixture with a wooden spoon.  Then set it all aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients.

After whisking the wet ingredients together, pour them into the dry ingredients and add the poppy seeds.  Mix with a rubber spatula until everything is combined.  You might have a few lumps in the batter, and this is O.K.  Set the batter aside and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Once the batter has rested, heat up a pan with your oil.  We used olive oil because we though the taste of the olive oil would enhance the flavors of the lemons and poppy seeds.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, ladle batter into the pan.

Let the pancakes cook on one side until they are dry around the edges.

Once they are dry around the edges, flip the pancakes and cook on the other side for a couple of more minutes until the pancakes are cooked all the way through.

Oops!  One of these got a bit too crispy.  A lesson to not walk away from a cooking pancake.  Continue cooking until all of the batter is used up.  Keep the pancakes warm in an oven until you are finished making all of them.  This makes a lot of pancakes!  Joy warns you of this on her site, and she was not stretching the truth at all.  We made 8 pancakes and still had a little bit more than half of the batter left.  We decided to stop making the pancakes after 8, and we froze the rest of the batter as Joy suggested.  This is what we ended up with on our plates:

I must say that these things were just as yummy as they originally looked on Joy's blog!  I loved these and found myself craving more later in the day.  They poppy seeds gave them a nice little crunch, while the lemon flavor was just enough.  It was a very subtle lemon flavor and in no way overpoweringly tart.  It's a good thing I froze the batter, or I probably would have eaten another 10 throughout the rest of the day!  This was a nice little detour from being on the "road" (or should I say in the "air?).

I have one last picture for you to look at:

More flowers on the lemon tree!  Yay!  I was fearful we wouldn't have our normal bountiful lemon crop (usually two harvests, one now and one towards the end of February beginning of March) as the poor tree has been put under a lot of stress over the last 5-6 months.  Now I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing I'll have my second crop of lemons to look forward to as well.  Woohoo!

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