Sunday, March 9, 2014

a recipe that didn't work

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
1 egg
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!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

knitting instead of working

While back in Kansas in November of last year, my sister asked me to knit her a hat that would stay on her head.  I, of course, jumped on the opportunity to knit instead of sorting, cleaning and junking all the stuff we had left in Kansas.

We both suffer from bowling ball head and we haven't found a style of knitted hat that stays put.  I suggested that an earflap hat might be the ticket for us because the back on some is longer than the front, thinking that might be what we needed.  The hat still rode up but not quite as badly.  So I'm still on the hunt for a knitted hat pattern that works for our round heads.

I sent my sister to find yarn she liked and to Ravelry to find a pattern. She found Short & Sweet Earflap Hat Pattern. The yarn she found was Michaels Loops & Threads Charisma in Black Raspberry.  The weight of the yarn was bulky.  The hat took one skein of yarn.  I cast on 5 stitches for each earflap on US #8s and increased every other row until I had 15 stitches and the earflaps were 2.5 " long.  I then cast-on 19 stitches using a knitted cast-on and joined the second earflap knitting until the earflaps were 4" long and the back band was 1.5".  Then I cast on an additional 23 stitches for the front for a total of 72 stitches.  Knitting Garter stitch in the round for another 1.5", then I switched to Stockinet and knit until the length was 4.5".  Did the decreases until the hat was finished.

Because she had bought 2 skeins of yarn I suggest a pair of fingerless mitts.  And she was agreeable so long as I didn't get them too tight.  She has had surgery on her hands and anything-tight makes them hurt.  I used the same basic pattern I used for Sister Suzy's Helix Mitts except instead of ribbing I used Garter stitch.  I cast on 30 and knit a Garter stitch band of 1".  I used 1 x 1 ribbing for the thumbs so they wouldn't be too loose and get in the way.  If I were to do these mitts again I would go back to Michaels and get DK weight yarn as I thought these mitts were too thick in the bulky weight yarn, although my sister likes them as is.

I had Sister Suzy model the mitts.  I had her giggling about something silly.

I hope everybody has a good day!