Monday, May 9, 2011

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

One of my favorite childhood memories is my daily breakfast with my Dad. Yes, you heard that right my Dad made a warm breakfast every morning. Kids from the neighborhood would often stop by on their way to the bus stop for a quick bite. Now I have this dream of giving my kids the same thing. When I saw this Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe I knew I needed to give it a try. I was a little weary that they would be too hearty, but instead they are surprisingly tender and delicious. We now eat them weekly!

(Thanks for the picture Mel, I never seem to remember before they are gone!)


Oatmeal Pancake Mix

*Makes 10 cups of dry mix

3 1/2 cups rolled (quick) oats, blended
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup vegetable or canola oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixer with a paddle (or by hand). If desired, grind the oats in a blender or food processor before adding to the other dry ingredients for a smoother mix. With mixer on slow speed (or gently by hand), drizzle the vegetable oil into the bowl slowly while the mixer is running. When all the oil has been added, stop the mixer and squeeze a clump of mix in your hand. If it stays together, it is just right. If it  is still crumbly, add another tablespoon of oil at a time until the consistency is correct (I’ve never had to add additional oil). Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.

To make the pancakes: whisk together 1 cup of mix, 1 cup buttermilk (a combination of half plain yogurt and half milk will also work), and 1 egg. The mixture may seem thin at first but the oats will soak up the milk as it stands while the griddle preheats. (I let mine sit for about 5 minutes—works wonders!) Heat a griddle and drop the batter onto it. When the edges look dry and bubbles come to the surface and don’t break, turn the pancake over to finish cooking on the second side.

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