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The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 3:51 PM (permalink)

Anybody see the episode on Food Network?

Saw it last night and I liked it. Although I thought it gave quite an homage to IHOP and the Original Pancake. But then, they are the largest purveyors of pancakes I suppose.

Intesting history.

I rarely make pancakes because it's not one of my wife's favorite, but I was craving a pancake after watching that. Maybe if I make them on Saturday morning, she'll eat one, just because I went to all the "trouble."


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    • Location: wheaton, IL
    RE: The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 4:57 PM (permalink)
    I really enjoy the Original Pancake house. The ultra-thin 49er pancakes are my favorite. Original blows away most of the mom and pop pancake places in the Chicago area, although that may be a reflection of pancakes in the area. However, they shouldn't be lumped in the same category as IHOP, the Olive Garden of breakfast restaurants.

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      RE: The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 5:18 PM (permalink)
      I occasionally make buttermilk pancakes. I use the recipe from the Antoinette Pope cookbook (old.) My wife found it years ago and makes some of the best pancakes around. You can actually see them rise in the pan. Only problem is you never seem to get full. And they are not lo-cal.

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        RE: The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 6:20 PM (permalink)
        Could you post that recipe tsores?

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          RE: The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 6:35 PM (permalink)
          Any fans of buckwheat pancakes? They can be pretty hard to find at times on some breakfast menus. Whenever I've made some from scratch, they turn out a bit too "heavy" for my taste. Does anyone have a decent recipe for buckwheats that produce a "fluffier" result? Thanks.
            Poverty Pete

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            RE: The Secret Life of... Tue, 10/25/05 9:54 PM (permalink)
            Kimchee, I'm sorry to say I don't have a recipe for decent buckwheat cakes. However, if you're interested, I DO happen to have a recipe that, if followed properly, will make you a legend in your own time.
            Gather 'round, children. Uncle Pete is about to dispense culinary wisdom.
            Dry ingredients:
            1/2 cup AP flour
            1/2 cup buckwheat flour
            2 TB sugar
            1 TB baking powder
            1 tsp salt
            Sift these together. Use a sifter, don't cheat!

            Wet ingredients:
            1 cup buttermilk
            1 XL egg
            2 TB melted butter

            Mix wet, then add to dry.
            Most pancake recipes tell you to hand mix, and leave little lumps. Not so this time. Beat with your electric mixer until smooth.
            Everybody knows how to cook the mix.
            That's it. You're a hero!
              mr chips

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              • Location: portland, OR
              RE: The Secret Life of... Wed, 10/26/05 12:40 AM (permalink)
              I love pancakes. My favorites are the Original Pancake House in Portland and the Cameo Cafe, also in Portland.

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                RE: The Secret Life of... Wed, 10/26/05 12:53 PM (permalink)
                If you use buckwheat flour, then it's a buckwheat pancake.

                Good recipe! I'll have to try it.

                I used to work in Penn Yan, NY (known around the world as the Capital of Buckwheat). You could get buckwheat pancakes just about everywhere!

                The Birketts Mill is still one of the largest buckwheat mills in the world.
                On the side of the Mill is a skillet from the world's largest pancake in 1987.
                It held the world largest pancake for a little while, until someone else made a bigger pancake, but it is still holds the record for the world's largest buckwheat pancake.

                They made 2 griddles and used a crane to flip the thing over. The 2nd griddle (skillet) is displayed annualy at the Yates County Fair.

                Here is a link to more great recipes using buckwheat:


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                  RE: The Secret Life of... Wed, 10/26/05 12:57 PM (permalink)
                  My favorites are sweet potato pecan pancakes from Tom Perini's Ranch cookbook. Super hearty, great flavor with very little toppings.

                  Vayo Con Queso

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                    RE: The Secret Life of... Wed, 10/26/05 1:10 PM (permalink)
                    Thank you, Poverty Pete and Scorereader!

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                      RE: The Secret Life of... Thu, 10/27/05 10:58 AM (permalink)
                      I don't have pancakes at home, my SO has a way of turning them in to hockey pucks but every once in awhile we go to Harner's Bakery in North Aurora, Il. where you can get 1, 2 or 3 pancakes in an order. They have buckwheat, which is my favorite but for an October special they have been serving my real all time favorite, potato pancakes! There is a place we go to in Peoria, Il that serves sweet potato pancakes, yum!
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