Open Source Pancakes Recipe

Open Source Pancakes


Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour mix ($variable): 1/2 wheat, 1/4 rye, 1/4 spelt. This is just a suggestion. Vary like mad! 1/2 wheat is a good base, but after that, try 1/2 buckwheat, or even 1/4 spelt, 1/4 ground hemp seeds...)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • spices ($variable): 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. (try 1/4 garam masala or black pepper if you're brave, or even nettle powder)
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar(optional)
  • some butter/oil for the pan
  • what's left in your fridge? ($variable): some chopped nuts, banana, berries, sesame seeds...

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk)
  • 1 beaten egg (beat egg white separately for extra fluffiness)
  • dash of vanilla extract

How to make Open Source Pancakes

I'm sick of recipes that taste the same every time you make them. My great-grandmother, who lived through two world wars, used to start every recipe with "Man tar va man har", ie "you take what you have at hand." I'm interested in figuring out more recipes that are simply a base to build on. Let what's in your fridge dictate the rest.

Rye flour is big in Finland, but pancakes are not, which is a pity. So if you follow the suggestions, you get my answer to my sick spice-and-fiber cravings. But why stop there? Feeds 2-3 people.

  1. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix together gently until smooth.

  2. Heat a frying pan until flicked water droplets "dance" on its surface. Turn down heat to medium. Add butter/oil, pour about 1/4 cup of pancake mix on pan. Flip it when the top bubbles.

  3. Serve with fruit sauce, maple syrup, yogurt, sour cream, bacon and chocolate get the picture.

  • theory
    theory says

    I will confess that when I first saw this picture I wasn't so sure about a brown rye/spelt pancake, but for some reason now I think this looks like one of the most delicious and wholesome things I could ever imagine eating.

  • spongefile
    spongefile says

    There have been others of little faith, and yea, many have been swayed once they actually eat these mighty pancakes. They're nothing like the anemic fluffy common variety. These hearty things come deep out of the frozen pancake forests of the north, bucking and kicking and I must admit you'll probably only manage one and a half. Think large soft healthy gingerbread cookie/cake. Which may or may not be your thing... :)

  • Roberto
    Roberto says

    I've never been so turned on by a pancake before. The grains, flours and spices, wow! Heston does rock....

  • spongefile
    spongefile says

    Coming from someone like you with your recipe list credentials, that's a hell of a compliment.. :)

  • 2eyesgreen
    2eyesgreen says

    Interesting combination of flour ~ honey would go well with this :)

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