Memories of Mom's Cooking or How Flat Is Your Pancake?
Oct. 31, 2012 4:29 pm
Updated: Nov. 5, 2012 10:52 am
Aaahh... as an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, this month's tasks were to share our Halloween recipes, decorating tips or party pics. As I have no children at home, a Halloween party seemed out of the question, unless I could convince the DH to bob for apples.
Hmmm... not likely. I decorate very little for fall and certainly no one would get any good ideas from my decorations.
So, in my neverending quest of finding little things to make one smile, when I heard that Karo syrup was going to be one of the "products of the month", a fond memory immediately came to mind. As I have mentioned in the past, my Mom was a simple cook, experimented
very little, and some dishes (at least to other folks) might seem outright weird. Hence... the pancake... Usually light and fluffy, right? In Mom's case, her pancakes were flat. (You're thinking that all pancakes are flat...) No, I mean FLAT, like as
in "flat as a pancake". My mother did not use any leavening/rising agent to make them light and fluffy. No self-rising flour, no baking power, no baking soda. Leave out these ingredients and you have "flatness".
Pancakes were always served with dark Karo corn syrup as we never had maple syrup in the house, and no butter.
Since I have honored Mom with this little story, I can't leave Dad out of the picture. It was always my Dad's job to cut up my food when I was a kid. As I grew older, I certainly was able to cut my own food, but one item in particular my Dad continued to
cut up for me in itty-bitty pieces. Yep, the pancakes. When called for breakfast, my pancakes were already pre-cut into neat little pieces with Karo syrup poured over the top. The morning I got married (31 years ago), was the last time I had my Mom's pancakes
and yes, Dad had done his usual fine job of preparing them for me.
My version of Mom's pancakes... (Now if I only had a pink melamine plate, the picture would be complete.)
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