Monday, January 30, 2012

Pancakes Sticking?

Here we are at the end of January, which of course for most of us in the mountains of the west could mean another 3 months of winter, but I am already thinking of camping!  When thinking of camping I believe one of the things we enjoy most of all is the food!  I think I eat better at camp than I do at home a lot of the time.  Breakfast is my favorite camp meal; bacon, eggs, sausage, dutch oven potatoes, and of course, pancakes.  However, pancakes can very often be so frustrating to cook that I just won't cook them.  It never fails that when cooking them on my Camp Chef cast iron griddle they will stick, burn, fall apart, or just not taste the best.  This all changed last year during an elk hunt where I learned a trick that I would have never believed had I not seen it with my own eyes.  So, can you tell me what relation a potato might have with a pancake?  I bet it's not in the way you might think!  Watch the video to learn how a simple potato might be the big difference in giving you great pancakes that never stick to the griddle!

I also wanted to share with you a great recipe for pancakes.  These are very easy to make, and they taste great!  This recipe has been passed down from my great-grandmother Maralda Porter, and we use them in our home almost every weekend.  Maralda loved to cook!  Several of her recipes have ended up in cookbooks throughout the community of Escalante, Utah.  I think it would bring a big smile to her face to know she was able to share one of her recipes with others again.

Maralda's Pancakes:

2 cups of flour
2 cups of milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sift the dry ingredients together, then mix in the wet ingredients.  Stir together until most of the lumps come out (some will not come out and that is OK.)  We cook them on a griddle at home turned up to 400 degrees.   On the Camp Chef I use medium low heat, and usually drop a small one on the griddle to test the heat before I begin.  Enjoy!


Tonto Rambler said...

Jason I have struggled with that problem forever, I am going to try that tomorrow on the griddle thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Like you, Jason, I sure wished I would have heard or seen of this trick long before now. I love pancakes, especially when camping, and have long battled the problem like you. I am excited to try this "potato" trick soon. Thanks for sharing.