Monday, April 26, 2010

Pancake Monday

My whole life people have asked me the question, "What is your favorite food?". This question is just about as awful for me as factoring quadratic equations. My favorite could I possibly choose???? This weekend though I realized that there is and has always been an obvious choice. Pancakes.

My father makes the perfect pancake. Daddy-cakes (or Basil-cakes as close friends call them) are by far the only way to start a Saturday morning off right. Perfectly fluffy and soft they taste like grilled butter with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. For years since I left the nest, I have tried to replicate this absolutely perfect pancake. I've gotten close, but never 100% there...always floundering with the right amount of yogurt and milk, baking soda vs. baking powder, or how much butter I need to melt into the batter. One day I will make him sit down with me for a whole day, making this perfect pancake batter over and over again until I have it right. And then we will eat them all, savoring each delicious bite drizzled with Vermont maple syrup.

Monday was rough for me today, maybe it was because I had a pancake kind of weekend. And of course, as I am blog patrolling during work I run across these...

... Whole Wheat Cornmeal Pancakes with Rhubarb Syurp found here. Now, this is far away from my father's recipe of perfection. But, I think we should still try them out this weekend. "For professional reasons only", as my father would say.

After all, pancakes are officially my favorite food.


  1. Bird, What a blessing to have a comfort food like "daddy cakes" that really is a comfort to you and always has been. Dad could have used some himself this morning.

  2. Add a little yogurt, a little butter, and maybe a little nutmeg - at least that's what I'm going to do this weekend when I make them (assuming I can find rhubarb in the market because ours won't be ready for a month)..... Mmmmm tasty!

  3. I love that you have such fond memories of your dad's pancakes! I hope these one's can hold you over until you get his recipe exactly right!

    And I was scrolling through your blog and saw that you attended a live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion. So lucky, I wish I could see a live show! It's one of the best to listen to on long drives!

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  5. Some of your friends call them daddy-cakes too. I love sleep overs at Nelly's.

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