Sunday, April 06, 2014

Two kinds of pancakes

I tried a few kinds of pancakes recently. The first was a grain-free pancake made with coconut flour, but I didn’t like it and won’t be making it again. I think I like coconut flour best when it’s combined with other flours, not on its own… The other two were big hits, though, so I want to share the recipes. They happen to be gluten-free, but that’s somewhat of a coincidence. I think that the reason they tasted so good was that they had all these different grains in it, as opposed to just wheat, so flavors like corn and buckwheat and oat really made them stand out. The first recipe, Blackberry Farm Griddle Cakes, is from the RSVP section of Bon Appétit. The first batch was what I call “the dog’s pancakes”, because they fell apart, but once the skillet was seasoned after that, it was a breeze. And we both loved them! I think it yielded something like 18 pancakes.

1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk (i.e., 2 Tbsp. vinegar, and top it up with lactose-free milk)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup gluten-free oat flour (I pulsed rolled oats in the food processor)
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal (I used the one as finely ground as flour)
1/3 cup brown rice flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter or margarine, melted
vegetable oil (for skillet)

Whisk egg, buttermilk, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk oat flour, cornmeal, rice flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients, then whisk in butter until no lumps remain.

Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat; lightly brush with oil. Working in batches, pour batter by scant ¼-cupfuls into skillet. Cook until bottoms are browned and bubbles form on top of griddle cakes, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until griddle cakes are cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

The other recipe was printed on my box of Ancient Harvest quinoa flour. It was also delicious, and didn’t have the caveat of “dog pancakes” on the first go-round. I really loved these. The recipe yields 10 to 12.

1/3 cup quinoa flour
1/3 cup cornmeal (I used the one as finely ground as flour)
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp. natural cane sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk (i.e., 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and top it up with lactose-free milk)
1 egg

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix the vegetable oil, buttermilk and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.

Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto prepared griddle (I used vegetable oil in a pan set over medium heat). Turn cakes as soon as they are puffed and full of bubbles, but before the bubbles break.

(*Low sodium adjustment: omit buttermilk and baking soda. Instead, use lactose-free milk and increase baking powder to 1 ½ tsp.*)

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