Breakfast pancakes

Famous Diner’s Pancakes

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There is a pancake place in Pittsburg called “Pamela’s Diner.”  The pancakes are so outstanding that President Obama requested the cooks come to White House to serve him.  No joke!  I have never had the original pancakes, but one reviewer of this recipe says he has and they taste just like them.  These pancakes reminded me a little of Original Pancake House pancakes due to the fact that both recipes use yeast.  It took a little planning to make, but I thought they were worth making for special occasions.  And I love the flavor of yeast 🙂

Diner Pancakes
yield 4 servings (I doubled the recipe)

1 cup lukewarm milk (sometimes I use the microwave)
2 Tb. vegetable oil  (I subbed applesauce, but I’m sure oil is tastier)
3/4 cup (3 ounces) all purpose flour (I used white whole wheat, and it worked)
heaping 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tb. sugar
1/2 tsp. instant yeast
1 large egg, beaten

1.  If using oil:  whisk everything but the egg together in a bowl.  If using applesauce:  whisk everything but the egg and applesauce together in a bowl.

2.  Loosely place plastic wrap on the bowl and leave it out for 3 hours.

3.  With the plastic wrap on, store in the fridge overnight.

4.  Now that it is morning, add in the egg or egg and applesauce.

5.  Heat your electric griddle or skillet to 300 degrees.  Or, heat your large skillet to medium.

6.  Add 1 tsp. of vegetable oil and 1 tsp of butter to the skillet.  Once the butter melts, pour a little less than 1/2 cup batter into the pan to make a 9″ circle.

7.  After about 2-3 minutes, the pancake should have some little bubbles and be brown on bottom.  Flip and cook another 1-2 minnutes.

8.  Continue with the rest.  I was able to make about 2-3 big pancakes on my griddle like this.

Serve with syrup, or yogurt, fruit and brown sugar, or sour cream, etc.

This is what happens when you don’t use the butter/oil on the skillet.  No crisp edges.  No pretty swirls.

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Here is what happens when you do it right:

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Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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