Apr 222015
 
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Buckwheat Pancakes

I grew up on buckwheat pancakes, they were my Granny’s favorite weekday breakfast. Needless to say, I adore this recipe. My boys took a little while to get used to it. The first time they ate it they asked me if it was some new whole grain flour. I answered no that it was an old whole grain flour. (Note To Self: I should have said ancient.) Then I told them about mountain men and gold miners eating buckwheat pancakes for breakfast a hundred fifty years ago. That pretty much sold them on ’em. I don’t usually embellish this recipe with bananas or chocolate chips or chopped apples. I just make ’em plain and then serve ’em with applesauce and homemade syrup.

As a side note, Buckwheat is 100% gluten free. It has wheat in the name, but it’s not related to wheat at all. In fact, it’s not even a true grain, it’s a grass. When you buy buckwheat flour make sure that you’re buying flour, not buckwheat pancake mix, which has added wheat flour. You want 100% pure buckwheat flour. You can find it at well-stocks supermarkets and health food stores. Buckwheat flour is not as cheap as some other gluten free flours, so I haven’t placed this recipe in Hard Times.

Buckwheat Pancakes

a.k.a. Mountain Man Flapjacks

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups soymilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Fat for frying: vegetable oil, shortening, margarine or bacon grease

 

Directions

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Use a whisk to mix briefly. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk. Crack in the eggs. Measure in the vegetable oil. Using your whisk beat the batter until it’s smooth. It shouldn’t take too much work. Buckwheat flour tends to be clump-free.

Heat a skillet to a medium-high temperature. Grease it lightly. Drop the batter by 1/4-cupfuls into the hot skillet. When the underside is lightly browned and the top side is full of bubbles, flip the pancake and brown the second side. Continue until all the batter is used. Makes 4 hearty servings.

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