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Saturday is a perfect day for pancakes

October 20, 2011

We love pancakes.
It is not something we eat for breakfast during the week, but Saturday is pancake day. The husband likes to drown his pancakes with syrup; I like mine loaded with butter and light on syrup — everyone has their own flavor combinations. And at home we have to have Blackburn-made Syrup. We have experimented with other brands and flavors, but Blackburn is a tried and true favorite at the Sisson household.
Of course I guess for us any day could be pancake day at Traceway Restaurant or Starkville Cafe. I love the way the short stacks at both restaurants are crispy along the edges. Crispy and buttery make for a fantastic breakfast.
And what is better any time of the day or night than stuffed pancakes at Restaurant Tyler? I fell in love with Ty’s dessert concoction on opening night. The maple syrup he uses smells fantastic and automatically puts you in pancake mode.
But I only make them at home on Saturdays. If not for breakfast, for supper. Breakfast for supper is a real treat.
I can’t remember when I switched from Bisquick Mix pancakes to my own recipe.
It has been in the past 10 years and I can probably guess we were out of Bisquick, craving pancakes on a Saturday morning.
The first time we tried this recipe, we were hooked. If I remember correctly, the original recipe used buttermilk, but we use regular milk. Buttermilk is not something I typically keep in the pantry, but I bet it would be good. (My dad would drink buttermilk with crumbled cornbread for breakfast if my mom would let him.)
I love very thin pancakes and the husband likes his pancakes a little thicker. This makes thin pancakes, so I use a little less milk for heftier pancakes.

Gwen’s Pancakes
3 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1/3 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. melted butter

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs until fluffy; add dry ingredients and beat until almost smooth. Stir in milk and butter. Beat only until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

Gwen Sisson is the lifestyles editor for Starkville Daily News. Contact her at sdnlife@bellsouth.net.

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