We were at the local WinCo and I spied buckwheat flour in the bulk bins. I really like buckwheat pancakes, so off to the Internet to find a recipe. I came across several that were very similar to this one I got from allrecipes.
1 cup buttermilk
3 TBSP melted butter
6 TBSP all-purpose flour
6 TBSP buckwheat flour
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 TBSP butter for frying
First thing I did was cut the baking soda in half. A teaspoon really? I cut the salt in half too. A half-teaspoon for 3/4 cup dry ingredients? I thought the liquid to dry ratio was a bit skewed also, but what the heck let's give it a try.
What I got was something crepe like. According to the crepe recipe by Alton Brown from the Food Network:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
Butter, for coating the pan
That’s what I got. Not a pancake as I know them.
Here's my pancake recipe from my 1963 Pillsbury Cookbook:
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 TBSP sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup veggie oil or melted fats
I replaced half of the flour with buckwheat flour. Whisk all your dry ingredients together. Throw in all the wet ingredients at once; whisk until smooth. Using a 1/3-cup-measuring cup to scoop the batter into your pan for about 12 pancakes. Delicious!!!
So my quandary is do people not know the difference between a crepe and a pancake? Or am I confused about the difference?
Okay, I did some research. There are 2 differences; one, crepes has no leavening agent and two, crepes are very thin. So technically, the first recipe is a pancake but who wants one with a crepe consistency? Not me!
As far as I'm concerned the top recipe is a fail, eatable, after the adjustments I made. (Can you imagine what they would have tasted like with all the salt and baking soda called for in that recipe? I shudder thinking about it.) But not something I would want to repeat.
Well back to the salt mines. I have a sewing project I'm working on. Pictures when I get it finished.
Everybody have a good day!