June 24, 2008

Nicole's Four Grain Pancakes

Printable recipe here.

This month, for Taste and Create, I was paired with Nicole herself (whose idea this event is) and got the chance to go through her recipe archives.
The first time I decided to go through her recipes (For The Love Of Food) I was in for a bit of a shock. Apparently, some nut had erased most of the posts from her blog! Imagine how terrible it can be to see all your hard work just disappearing overnight. As Nicole herself puts it to the person behind this awful deed, “I hope that you find cockroaches in your shoes the next time you slip your feet in!”
Though some of her posts are gone for ever, she and her husband have managed to put a lot of them back on her blog and are continuing working on the matter.

What I did find find on Nicole’s blog was lots of vegetarian recipes. And I’m going to try some of them for sure. But for this particular event, I chose to make some Four GrainPancakes.
Nicole’s recipe is below:

3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Flour1/2 Cup Corn Meal
1/3 Cup Quick-cooking Rolled Oats
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Lactose-free Milk (originally calls for Buttermilk)(I used low fat milk)
1/3 Cup Butter, melted (I used oil)
3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (I used honey)
2 Eggs, beaten

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir well until there are no longer lumps in the batter. Adjust the thickness/thin-ness by adding more flour or more milk.
On medium-high heat, heat a griddle until hot. Reduce the heat to low if you are working with a gas range. Lightly grease the griddle with some cooking oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until bubbles form and burst open on the surface of the pancake. Flip the pancakes and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve immediately, or keep warm between 2 plates.
Makes about 16 4-inch pancakes.


First of all check out the beautiful pancake pictures on Nicole’s blog.
I halved the recipe and made some minor changes (see the ingredient list) but otherwise went with Nicole’s recipe. I also covered the pancake for about a couple of minutes after pouring the batter on the griddle (do this on low heat) and then turned it over to cook the other side. This fluffs up and cooks the pancakes giveing them a nice “holey” appearance. The result was absolutely light and fluffy pancakes which are not too sweet. The other nice part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take much time to put together. This is a keeper and it’s going to feature regularly in my kitchen. Next time I’m going to try it without the egg.
Nicole suggests serving the pancakes with “maple syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, berries, butter, or whatever you wish”! Akshaya had hers with mango jam, I had mine just plain and my husband didn’t have any this time (he is away on work)!


notyet100 said...

wow,,pancakes look delicious,...

Divya Vikram said...

they look airy n soft..delicious looking pics

Rachel said...

Aparna they look holey indeed :DD

I'd like mine with mango jam as well..love the cartoon slurping at your pancakes...

Pearlsofeast said...

Aparna,nice one with perfect combo.It is crazy for someone to delete the contents of Nicole 's blog.Try to save in PDF format as frequently as possible,easy to retrive when somebody crazy does that

sra said...

Those cartoons look nice and fat and golden yellow! Jam sounds like a nice accompaniment.

Happy cook said...

They look really delicious.
I have never made thich panckaes, always did the thin french ones.
After my break i am going to try these ones as the look so good.
As u asked me where allwe are going in India. Till now the plan is to go to B'lore, Kerala and Mumbai.
Hubby wants to go to Chennai too but have to see if we have time left.

Sireesha said...

Hi aparna,First time at ur blog.U have nice and lovely blog......Pancakes looks so delicious..

SMN said...

thats a nice pancake

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those are some good looking, fluffy pancakes. It looks great

Asha said...

Somebody erased her posts? That's scary, didn't know somebody can do that. I better save mine!!
Pancakes looks healthy and fluffy, good one. I could add Teff flour too, sounds good!:)

Vanamala said...

Nice pancakes..

Sia said...

what an aweful thing to do!!! erased all her posts? good to know that she is able to get most of her posts bk.
pancakes are simply drool-worthy aparna.

Kalai said...

Unbelievable that her posts were erased!! Your pancakes look perfect, Aparna! So healthy, too. :)

arundati said...

the pancakes look awesome!! all soft and fluffy.....erased all her posts!! OMG!!

Simran said...

Lovely pancakes, so perfect for a quick breakfast!

Laavanya said...

These pancakes have a beautiful golden aura.. and are hol(e)y too :D Have bookmarked this to try. How did someone else manage to delete her posts?? Scary!

Kevin said...

These sound pretty healthy and they look nice and light and good!

farida said...

These pancakes look lovely. They are healthy too from what I see in the ingreds list. Yum!

Hetal said...

lovely pancakes...look healthy

Aparna said...

Nicole's pancakes are as good as they look. Do try them out.

The box of cereal was in the picture frame by accident, Rachel, Sra. I only realised that just before clicking!

I don't know how it was done, but it seems her posts started disappearing. We should all be backing up our blogs.

And I've never made thin crepes, HC!
Enjoy your long vacation.

Welcome to my blog, Sireesha, and thank you.