Tonight we had pancakes for dinner. I pulled out my great grandmother’s Good Housekeeping cookbook. It has been well-loved over the years, and I love that it still has little notes and page markers throughout it that my grandmother put in it. I love seeing her handwriting again. This cookbook was published in 1963, and I love the thought that I’m using a cookbook that 50 years worth of people have looked at. How many meals did this help my grandmother make for her family?
1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp double-acting baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk*
3 tbsp melted butter, margarine, or fat or salad oil**
1. Set griddle over low heat to warm up. Into a medium bowl or wide-mouthed pitcher, sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, beat egg well; add milk, butter. Slowly stir into flour mixture, mixing only until dry ingredients are wet.
3. When griddle is hot enough to make a drop of cold water dance, lightly grease or not as manufacturer directs. Drop batter from pitcher or large spoon onto griddle, lightly spreading each cake with back of spoon into round about 4″ diameter. Don’t crowd cakes or they will be difficult to turn. Cooking about 3 cakes at a time is usually safe.
4. Cook over low heat until rim of each cake is full of broken bubbles and underside is golden brown. With broad spatula or pancake turner, loosen and turn each cake; brown on other side. Turn only once.
5. When pancakes are done, remove to heated platter or plates, stacking 4 in each pile.
Serve at once with butter or margarine and syrup, apple butter, honey, marmalade, molasses, shaved maple sugar, etc. Makes about 12 4″ cakes.
*For thicker pancakes, use 3/4 cup of milk.
**We used melted Crisco
***We added 1/4 tsp vanilla extract to the batter
They turned out wonderfully! They tasted fantastic, and we SO easy to make. They only took a minute more than boxed pancakes do, but of course were much better. I’m glad I found this recipe, because we will definitely be making these again in the future any time we want pancakes.