Dear Future Husband and Future Children,
While it’s clear that the universe hasn’t yet pressed us together into a family mold, I think it prudent to get a few things about our life out in the open. You know, for the sake of transparency.
Future Husband! In all likelihood, I think you’re the coolest guy around. You’re awesome. While I’m certain there are things you do that drive me a little mad, the fact that you help me with the dishes and make me tea in the morning just makes me swoon. I’m a little quirky. You’re probably a little nutty too. That’s only fair. You should know that I sometimes show my love in… pancakes, piles and piles of warm pancakes. Pancakes for breakfast. Pancakes for a snack. Pancakes for dinner. Pancakes. It’s important that you like, no, loooove pancakes and understand that when I make giant plates of them for breakfast, I’m just trying to show you how much I love you. Deal?
Future Children! You’re super cute. You must be just adorable. You should know that I want to squeeze you constantly. When I mix up your names, you should know that it’s not that I don’t know your names… it’s just that things get a little complicated when I’m trying to wrangle all y’all. Eat your broccoli. It will make you beautiful, or at least that’s what my Mom used to tell me. When you feel mortified by my very presence in your teenage years, just realize that that’s all part of the game. I’m actually not that uncool and you’ll realize that at some point.
Also, like I told your father, I’m going to make you piles and piles of pancakes some mornings. Eat them, because I love you and you love me, and we love pancakes.
Thanks Future Husband. Thanks Future Children. I love you like crazy. K. Thanks. Bye.
Future Wife/Future Mother,
What could go wrong when fluffy pancakes meet oatmeal raisin cookies? Nothing, just sheer delicious, breakfast times. These pancakes are not overwhelmingly sweet, but have just the right balance of fluff, oats, cinnamon and raisins. With pure maple syrup, these are out of this world! Show some love. Make someone pancakes!
Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
makes loads of pancakes, enough for four people
1 1/2 cups flour
heaping 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
healthy pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup golden raisins
oil or cooking spray (for cooking)
Step 1: In a large bowl beat eggs. Add buttermilk, butter , maple syrup and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Fold in raisins and let batter set for a few minutes.
Step 2: Heat griddle or pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan or spray with cooking spray. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, when the drops start to dance its hot enough.
Step 3: Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. You can also gently lift up the pancake to make sure the bottom is not overcooking, if it is the pan may be too hot and you will need to adjust the heat. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Let cooked pancakes rest on a heat proof plate in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.
I love this recipe. Cool any leftover (what??) pancakes on a rack, wrap and store in a zipper bag. Freeze. Pop them in the toaster whenever. I make them large and snap them in half first. The crisp edges are the best. Thank you, Joy! ?