"Hey Jutze, hop out of the way while I make some 'cakes. "
Those were the words of Joshua, the new Pancake Chef. Erica was delighted...I think she and Thalia will expect a bit more in the breakfast department from now on.
Chef Joshua used a recipe I've made for years... like 30 years. He figured he needed to double the recipe so he started by cracking 4 eggs.Next, he found the oil and added 5 Tablespoons. Lindsey said she never uses as much as the recipe calls for so I told him to use a 'scant 5 Tablespoons.'
We had to explain 'scant' to the new Pancake Chef.
Chef Joshua had Thalia read him the ingredients...and double it. She told him he needed 2 cups of buttermilk...no, wait, we're doubling it, so we need 4 cups.
"Buttermilk?" he asked.
Thalia told Joshua to stir the eggs, oil, and buttermilk together.
"Hey Jutze, where's that whisk thing?" the chef asked his blogging mother.
Next came the dry ingredients. The recipe called for 2 cups of flour... which when doubling, means 4 cups.
Notice the scoop? That belonged to my Mimi.
Chef Joshua carefully measured each cup.
Ignore the vino... I wouldn't recommend it with pancakes. Coffee or juice pairs best with pancakes.
She IS a master chef... I'm not sure if she was trusting that her elder brother was doing it correctly. She decided to check out the situation and I do believe it met her approval.
Along with the 4 cups of flour, Chef Joshua added: 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 Tablespoons of sugar. (Without doubling, this would be 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 Tablespoon of sugar - I figured I'd do the math for you!)
Now it was mixed together with the whisk.
"Mix it up, Josh," he was instructed.
Chef Joshua decided to test out his creation. We definitely let him know he could not do that again...at least until he washed his hands!
"Taste great, Jutze," was his verdict.
Now it was time to cook... notice the grill? It's perfect for pancakes. This grill was actually a gift from Gabe and Emily a few years ago. (Thank you again, Gabe and Emily!)
I told Chef Joshua to watch for little bubbles. Then he would know it was time to flip them.
He got a bit creative and threw some M&M's on one of them for Thalia.
Once these pancakes are cooked, some like to put maple syrup on top. This would be PURE maple syrup, none of that imitation stuff is allowed on these pancakes!
Some, like my guy, also love jam on top. (That would be instead of maple syrup, not both! Well, I guess you could put both, but I don't recommend it.)
As you can see, the Johnston home is rather quiet as all seats are filled with pancake eaters.
Lindsey checked out some oatmeal, debating on whether to eat that or some of her elder brother's 'cakes. The cakes won. Do you notice that little pooch on her? That's not from eating too many pancakes.
Here's the recipe...as I have it written in The Cook's Notebook, a cooking journal given to me over 25 years ago.
In case you can't read it very well, here's the recipe:
Pancakes via the Johnston Chronicles
2 1/2 Tablespoons oil
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
Mix and cook over medium heat until golden - flipping once.