That’s quite the claim, I know. But I swear I can back it up.

We are putting the fin­ish­ing touches on episode 2. I hope to have it up by tomor­row night, so stay tuned for that. It will be actual doc­u­men­ta­tion that I do cre­ate food that is not baked. No body dou­bles, I swear. :)

So, I just have to say, I made the most deli­cious pan­cakes the other day I even sur­prised myself. Jim is a big time cin­na­mon lover, so I tend to use it in our pan­cakes, which are usu­ally just plain jane pan­cakes which we dress up with top­pings or sauces. His recent kick has been mak­ing cin­na­mon toast, a throw­back to both of our child­hoods. So I won­dered, what if I made cin­na­mon toast pan­cakes? Would they just be cin­na­mon pan­cakes or some­thing else?

Behold…

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Oh, unas­sum­ing pan­cakes. Thou art but a pile of good­ness, reserved for those with dis­cern­ing taste and much love of beloved cin­na­mon, joined in mat­ri­mony with a light crunch.

That’s right. The cinnamon/sugar mix­ture slightly caramelized into a slightly crunchy thin coat­ing, giv­ing way to a fluffy, moist inte­rior. A tex­tural treat to tease the taste­buds. (Say that five times fast.) The del­i­cate fla­vor of TJs new maple agave blend was the per­fect addition.

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I didn’t want cin­na­mon. I had to have fruit. Yes, I was sure I didn’t want cin­na­mon. No, Jimmy, I won’t want to steal your pan­cakes… like a fool­ish child who trades one quar­ter for three pen­nies, I had the flap­jack slinger’s remorse. Sure, my vanilla pan­cakes with yogurt and fresh fruit were good, but that didn’t keep me from sneak­ing bites off Jim’s plate. Les­son learned: never say no to Cin­na­mon Toast Yum Pancakes!

Cin­na­mon Toast Yum Pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. bak­ing pow­der
1/8 teas. salt
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 teas. vanilla
1 1/2 teas. cin­na­mon
1 tbsp. + 1 teas. sugar

In a large bowl com­bine flour, sugar, bak­ing pow­der and salt. In another bowl com­bine milk, water, oil and vanilla and mix to com­bine. Add wet ingre­di­ents to dry and whisk until just mixed, it may be a lit­tle lumpy and that’s fine. Add more milk if needed. In a lit­tle bowl com­bine the cin­na­mon and 1 tbsp. sugar.

Heat up a grid­dle to medium heat. Sprin­kle a small coat­ing of the cin­na­mon mix­ture where you will put your bat­ter, then ladle out the bat­ter on top of it. Sprin­kle the exposed side of the pan­cake with an equal amount. Flip pan­cake when edges look slightly firmed up and it bub­bles a lit­tle in the mid­dle. Over­cook­ing can burn the sugar. Cook on other side until puffy bot­tom is lightly browned. Con­tinue with the rest of the bat­ter. Serve with mar­garine and syrup.

Yields: 6 medium sized pancakes

We had a nice mish-mash of food for our Memo­r­ial Day feast. The weather has been absolutely beau­ti­ful here in Port­land and I was crav­ing sum­mery fare. And com­pletely con­trary to my nor­mal lean­ings, I was crav­ing hot dogs. If you know me, you know that hot dogs have never been some­thing I nor­mally con­sume, vegan or oth­er­wise. Some­times I’ll have a Field Roast sausage, but I usu­ally won’t eat any­thing resem­bling a hot dog. A recent trip to Food Fight while on lunch had me con­tem­plat­ing the hot dog machine and I impul­sively pur­chased one to chow down before head­ing back to work and the crav­ing has been there ever since. Go figure.

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Tofurkey hot dog with lemon-garlic roasted pota­toes, grilled aspara­gus and home­made baked beans. Wow, I didn’t real­ize how much time it took to make baked beans, so next time I will start sooner and prob­a­bly crock-pot it. We ate this meal on Sun­day and it wasn’t all ready to go until 9:45pm! We are late eaters, but that’s even late for us.

I hope you all had a good long week­end, if you were so lucky as to have one, and took a moment to remem­ber those we’ve lost.

Cook­ing show episode 2– next post!

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0 Responses to best. pancakes. ever!

  1. Andrea says:

    Well, those cer­tainly LOOK like the best pan­cakes ever. My stom­ach started growl­ing the minute I saw them.

    I’m like you with the hot dogs. Never eat them. (I never ate the real ones.) But every once in a while — like on Memo­r­ial Day — a tofurkey brat creeps onto my plate and I have to start mak­ing sei­tan sausages until I recover from the craving.

  2. jumbleberryjam says:

    Oh wow! I LOVE cin­na­mon. These look awe­some! We think we’ll be through Port­land around June 27th. Would love to meet up that after­noon for cof­fee and sweets if you’re available!!

  3. jessy says:

    those totally look & sound like the most scrump­tious pan­cakes EVER! cin­na­mony and sweet — mmm­m­m­m­m­mmm! i love your mish-mash plate, too! baked beans do take a good bit, but they’re oh-so worth it!

  4. Melisser says:

    Ooh, those pan­cakes look lovely & fluffy + I LOVE cinnamon!

  5. Diann says:

    I LOVE cin­na­mon and I would have been peaches with my stack of cin­na­mony pan­cakes. I can’t wait to try these!

  6. Vaala says:

    Oh man, those pan­cakes look divine. What a way to start the day! Hmmm, your baked beans are inspir­ing me to go make some again.

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