Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Farm Pancakes

I think every parent has a list of things, perhaps lacking thematic structure and inexplicable to the rest of the world, that they find they cannot bend on, and a corresponding list of weird things that lead to caving. 

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Breaking a prior commitment to accommodate a better offer, no. Tardiness to religious school? Fine. Dangling earrings worn to school? Never. False eyelashes? I’m looking the other way. Evening “reminders” that I am supposed to bring a gallon of juice to some event I have never heard of until just this very second? I’m hitting the roof. Morning requests for weekday pancakes? No problem. 

The pancake thing stems from a certain amount of self-interest -- pancakes for you means some for me too! -- and partly because I’ve pretty much mastered my Joy of Cooking recipe, made better when I have buttermilk on hand. 

But a person does get bored. She wants variety, a new take on the flapjack, even on a Tuesday morning. Enter Farm Pancakes which is one of the more interesting pancake recipes I have seen in a while. 

Before I tell you about the small changes I made here, I need to warn you that your batter is going to look very thin, and your pancakes are really going to be closer to crepes than anything you were ever served up at 3 AM in that diner next to that place where you went Brazilian dancing with some people you just met on the corner who were wearing some festive head dress. Ahem. 

So, I had no white wheat flour on hand, and substituted one cup of white and one of whole wheat instead. I did not have skim milk, only two percent, but my yogurt was low fat (who keeps putting that crap in my shopping cart anyway?). So on the fat front I believe I split the difference. I raised my eyebrows at the cider vinegar but it really rounds this recipe out nicely. I tossed in some ripe bananas, but not until I had already cooked about a third of the batter. 

I prepared the first batch in butter, and they burned. Oil was better, which is why it is nice to follow recipes as written. Ten minutes later: happy children. Except for the one who could not find her volleyball knee pads. NEVER ASK ME TO FIND UNIFORMS THREE MINUTES BEFORE WE LEAVE THE HOUSE! Oh you need to pick up three friends? That’s fine. Do any of them want a pancake?

Farm Pancakes by 1840 Farm

Serves 6 to 8

2 cups white wheat flour
5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 ounces plain whole milk yogurt
15 ounces skim millk
1 ounce apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
pancake add in (blueberries, bananas, etc.)
maple syrup

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.




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The ratio of people to cake is too big.


djgibboni November 28, 2012
I've always wondered about using baking powder as well as baking soda + acid (vinegar, yogurt, buttermilk) in a recipe of this sort. Any insights?
Waverly November 25, 2012
Wonderful post, Jenny. I love how you can explain the jig-saw-puzzle-world of parenting with serving pancakes. It's brilliant...and very funny too.
Jestei November 26, 2012
thanks and i hope you like it
Christina @. November 25, 2012
I am still looking for a "weekday pancake", so I'll try this recipe, although I never buy skim milk, so the 2% will have to do...however, I've found my "weekend pancake" recipe and it's the same pancakes I swooned over years ago at the Hotel Bel Air! Couldn't believe I could make them at home, but it's twoo, it's twoo!
Muse November 25, 2012
These sound delicious...will try making them tomorrow morning! Thank you for the recipe.
Andreas D. November 20, 2012
I always have a huge jar of Nigella Lawson's pancake mix at hand. Over the years I've snuck in spelt flour and moved over to whole wheat. A cup of mixture, a cup of milk, an egg and breakfast is almost done. Next time I'll try the addition of vinegar. Sounds delicious.
Jestei November 20, 2012
i hope you enjoy it!
gt9 November 19, 2012
Daughter coming home for Thanksgiving always, thanks to you for the inspiration.
Jestei November 20, 2012
Oh I am guessing you are counting the minutes......have a great time!
BlueKaleRoad November 19, 2012
I always enjoy your articles, Jenny, and this one made me smile. What is it with the last minute requests from our children? I'm so with you on the weekday pancakes. I mix up the dry ingredients ahead and keep a stash in a jar so all I have to do is throw in an egg and some liquid and we're set. This looks like a great recipe to try! Happy Thanksgiving!
Jestei November 20, 2012
that is a great way to stay prepared. i need to do that. happy holidays to you.
AntoniaJames November 19, 2012
Whenever you see cider vinegar (or any other kind) in a recipe involving milk, especially where you're whisking the two together, you're essentially making a time-honored substitute for the buttermilk that makes your other pancakes so good. I'm looking to making these for my son when he's home in a few days! ;o)
Jestei November 20, 2012
Of course you are right; I do white vinegar + milk when I am out of buttermilk often but I didn't make the connection with cider. These are good and I hope your son likes them.