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!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Johnny Cakes or Journey Cakes? Whichever they are, they sure are tasty!

O.K., so life has seriously gotten in the way of our pancake blogging.  Here is what has been distracting us from blogging each week:

A brand new fence to enclose our side yard!  Now we can eat outside, and it's all done just in time to enjoy our summer meals!  Yay!

Despite life getting in the way of blogging, we've continued to eat pancakes each Sunday.  Up next is the lovely country of Anguilla.  On (figuratively speaking) this lovely little islands we discovered the delicious version of a pancake called a Johnny cake.  It is not a pancake in the sense of what Americans are used to; however, it isn't quite bread either.  It is somewhere in between.  In doing our research for Anguilla, we discovered that it's believed Johnny cakes were originally called journey cakes.  This is because there was no rise time required while sailing on the ships to the islands when making these, thus making it easier to make while traveling.  Also, Anguillans eat Johnny cakes with just about every meal of the day.  So, without further ado, here are the ingredients for Johnny cakes:

3 Cups Flour
1/4 Cup Cornmeal
2 Tbsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil for Frying

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and sift them together using a whisk.

After sifting the dry ingredients, make a well in the center, then carefully pour in the melted margarine, 2 tablespoons of oil, and water.

Carefully stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, once the batter starts to hold together, switch to kneading it with your hand.

 Keep kneading until you have a smooth dough that is no longer sticky (about 10 minutes).

 Cover the dough with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

When your 15 minute rest time is up, pinch off a slightly larger than a golf ball piece of dough, roll it into a ball, and then flatten it into a circle with a rolling pin or your fingers. (Note:  Remember, I am circularly challenged when it comes to making things round in cooking)

Heat the oil for cooking, when it is hot, place the Johnny cakes into the hot oil and fry until each side is golden brown.  You might get some bubbles in the dough as they are frying.  These are easily removed by gently pressing down with a spatula.

Serve with melted butter.

This recipe makes about 1 dozen Johnny cakes, and 2 are enough for each person.  So, depending on how many people you are serving, you may have some left over to enjoy throughout the week.  They store well in a ziplock bag, and are easily reheated in a toaster oven or microwave.  I reheated them both ways as I ate them the rest of the week as a side to my meals.  I'm sure they would probably freeze well too, but I ate them all before it became necessary to freeze them.  Enjoy!