Nothing flat about this pancake.

8 May

I obtained a copy of Grandma Rose’s Book of Sinfully Delicious Snacks, Nibbles, Noshes & Other Delights (1978) by Rose Naftalin when I was reviewing cookbooks for the Kansas City Star years ago. Rose Naftalin was a chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. She founded and ran popular restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon – known for their cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes and other baked goods. Her recipe for pancakes is indeed special – thanks to the addition of sour cream and whipped egg whites. If you haven’t already figured out what to make for Mom (or yourself) tomorrow – I highly recommend these delightful pancakes.

Copies of this book are still available on Amazon and other book sites. Rose Naftalin was 101 when she passed away in 1998.

My Family’s Favorite Pancake

6 eggs, separated

3 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons butter, melted

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups sour cream

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil*

Preheat griddle (or frying pan). In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until they are thick. Gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar and the melted butter. Sift the dry ingredients. Add to the yolk mixture, alternately with the sour cream, to which the baking soda has been added. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until stiff. Fold them into the batter.

Important note: Once you have the batter mixed, never beat it again. Brush canola or vegetable oil on griddle or frying pan. To make the pancakes, carefully take a large tablespoon at a time from the bottom of the batter bowl. Place batter on the hot griddle. Cook on one side, then turn over once. Grease the grill for the first batch of pancakes only.

Serve with warmed maple syrup or with fresh fruit.

*Use more if necessary. I cooked these on a stovetop griddle and 1 tablespoon did the trick for the whole batch!

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