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Monday, June 7, 2010

CAFE SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - Silver Dollar Pancakes

Does your family ever have breakfast for supper? We sometimes did when I was growing up and our kids loved it when they were at home. And sometimes Max and I still do. There's something comforting about sitting around the table, eating simple country food, enjoying every syrupy bite of homemade pancakes or a crisp slice of bacon.

As I mentioned last week, I'm featuring recipes of the "down home" food from Chasing Lilacs. In the era of the fifties, there wasn't a lot of eating out, no fast food, no microwaves, and as a rule, families sat down and ate together . . . even a meal as simple as breakfast for supper. Silver dollar pancakes were one of my dad's specialties so it wasn't much of a leap to have Joe Tucker, Sammie's dad, whipping up the pancake batter on the first night Sammie's mom is home from her stay in the mental hospital. It's a simple scene, one that shows that even in families where problems occur, there are things you can count on. Like a meal shared with family.


1 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 - 2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly with wire whip. For thicker pancakes, add a bit more flour. If thinner ones desired, thin with milk. Heat heavy griddle (I use an electric skillet) to moderately high temp. Oil surface of griddle. Drop batter by teaspoons onto hot griddle. Turn when bubbles appear on top. Makes 30 or more silver dollar pancakes. Serve with butter and warm syrup.

Kids loves these tiny morsels of fun. Why not make a memory with your own kiddos? Or your grandpeeps. Chances are the big people in your family will want to join in too.

Q4U: Do you ever have breakfast for supper? What is your favorite food or menu when you do?


Josanne said...

Breakfast of dinner was one of those things that was sort of an apology from my mother for not having thought of a "meat and potatoes" kind of meal. But I loved it. For one thing, we usually ate a quick breakfast like cereal and toast. So a full blown breakfast in the evening was tasty. Besides the waffles and pancakes, my mother used to make rice patties, with either syrup (my favorite) or powdered sugar. It was occasionally accompanied by slices of fresh fruit, milk and juice. I still make the patties today as my own little treat and connection to the past. Thanks for asking.

Julia M. Reffner said...

We love breakfast for dinner every once in a while! I'll have to make my pancakes smaller like yours, mine always turn out bigger than I expected.

carla stewart said...

Josanne, thanks for sharing your memories. I'm not familiar with rice patties. Would you care to share your recipe? They sound intriguing.

Thanks, Julia, for stopping by. Making tiny pancakes is always fun, especially for kids. I usually make about a four-inch pancake now - I can make four at a time that way in the electric skillet. Big ones work too!

Patti Lacy said...

Have had loads of pancakes since returning from China. As much as I LOVE the food, the breakfast stuff was what I missed.

And chocolate, though my stash lasted for the 17 days...

Blessings and touch base when you have time,

Clara Hinton said...

What a delightful post....and as a mom of 11 we had breakfast for supper tons of times. Everything from silver dollar pancakes, to scrambled eggs to french toast to waffles. Such fun and delicious eating, too! PS Your picture is making me hungry!

Terri Tiffany said...

We still have breakfast for dinner! Love to and these look great!

carla stewart said...

Patti, Welcome Home! I'm a little skittish about trying new (unfamiliar) foods. I have a feeling the Chinese down the street from my house is NOT what you ate in China.

Clara, first you have my admiration. Mom of 11 - oh you're a saint. And breakfast for supper is an easy meal all things considered. Not sure how you'd make waffles for that many and serve together. My waffles seem to take forever. Thanks for stopping in!

Terri, we still do occasionally, too. More like omelets and whole wheat toast nowadays, though. But I do get hungry for pancakes!