We all agree that the weeks after the long weekends are the hardest, right?
Because I believe this to be a truth, I’m feeling like THIS weekend should be the special one. We’re celebrating making it through a gob-ton of rain and FOUR WHOLE DAYS OF WORK. We’ve earned this.
I’ve made these pancakes three or four times now, after maybe a year of trying different recipes for things labeled “regular pancakes” or similar. There are gazillions of recipes like this on the internet, but this is the first one that I’ve been consistently impressed with. It doesn’t have random ingredients, the measurements are simple (lots of 2-of-x), and the quantity isn’t so massive that you need to have your entire extended family over to enjoy these. Or may be we eat large portions. The original recipe is by Mark Bittman, but I found it on Tracy’s site and her pictures made me feel like these were the pancakes of my weekend dreams, for sure.
These pancakes are, in a sense, regular, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. I’m all about jazzed up things, but a plain waffle? pancake? burger? Some classics are, to me, perfect as they are and I’d much prefer to have a basic version over and over than be constantly reinventing something that’s already great. This is particularly true for me re: breakfast foods because we don’t make them a ton, so when we do I’m all about ease and nostalgia.
Beck has taken to “helping” make these pancakes, and loves them plain, although waiting for them to cool down is so.hard. “I DON’T WANT THESE PANCAKES TO BE HOT!!!” and somehow the act of taking a bit longer to make breakfast makes her think that she can walk around while eating, which we’ve become entirely too permissive with on mornings where we’d like to drink coffee without rushing around to fetch things and deliver them to the high chair. Beck loves these so much, in fact, that yesterday morning she had a full on meltdown because the last one of this particular batch had gotten moldy after we’d told her it was hers for breakfast. ~baby wailing~ “but I want to eat that last pancake I don’t want it to be in the trashcannnnnn….!” Don’t worry, we fixed that one with a leftover chocolate chip bagel like the stellar parents we are.