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Cookbook Review and IHOP Pancakes

May 2, 2010

My dear husband came home the other day with two cookbooks for me…you get to benefit from his selection as well as I think this is a perfect place to review them.

The first cookbook is America’s Most Wanted Recipes by Ron Douglas.  These are “delicious recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants.”

20100430 074 - Copy My mouth was watering as I was looking through it.  It includes recipes like KFC’s Buttermilk Biscuits, Denny’s Country Gravy, Dairy Queen Ice Cream, Chili’s Enchilada Soup, Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken, and many more!  There are more than 200 recipes in here from 57 different restaurants!

I can’t wait to try Red Lobster’s Cheddar Biscuits…I mean, seriously!  Have you had those in the restaurant?  Those are reason alone to go to Red Lobster!

I wanted to try something simple to start with and the next meal was breakfast so, I went for the IHOP pancakes:

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Servings: 4

Weight Watcher Points: 6

 Ingredients:

20100430 080 - Copy1 1/4 Cup sifted all-purpose flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

1 Egg, beaten

1 1/4 cup Buttermilk (if you don’t have any, check out the buttermilk substitute)

2 TBS butter, melted

1/4 cup Sugar

Tools:

20100430 079 - CopyGriddle (I like my electric griddle, but any kind will work)

Whisk

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Flour Sifter (not pictured)

Medium sized bowl for mixing ingredients (note, see that white Tupperware bowl?  Yeah, I ALWAYS make my pancakes in that bowl.  Why?  For 100% sentimental reasons.  My mom has that exact same bowl and it’s the some one she uses to make HER pancakes in…seeing it just says “pancakes” for me…I don’t use it for anything else)

Directions:

Turn on griddle to get it nice and hot.  I set mine between 350 and 375

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Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt:

20100430 088 - Copy 20100430 089 - Copy 20100430 091 - Copy 20100430 092 - Copy Okay, I forgot to add in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the sifter so after I sifted the flour, I just stirred it with the whisk.  This keeps the air in the mixture and gets it all combines:

20100430 093 - Copy In a separate bowl, combine the egg and buttermilk (I just used the container that I made the buttermilk substitute in):

20100430 094 - Copy Add the egg and buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir ONLY UNTIL SMOOTH…you don’t want to overwork the flour:

20100430 096 - Copy 20100430 097 - Copy 20100430 099 Blend in the melted butter and sugar:

20100430 100 20100430 101 Again, make sure not to mix too much, you just want to mix until blended:

20100430 102  Cook on a medium-hot lightly greased griddle, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.  Drop the batter onto the griddle in 5-inch-wide circles:

20100430 104 20100430 105 Cook until the pancakes are brown on one side and around the edges.  The best way to tell is to see bubbles on the top and the edges beginning to cook:

20100430 108 Then flip and brown on the other side:

20100430 112 This is where you might have to peek underneath to see if it’s browned yet:

20100430 113 I like to put them in a dish with a lid to keep them warm:

20100430 115My comments:

This recipe was excellent!  In my husband’s words, “The taste like restaurant pancakes.”

I usually make just the box recipe but I am now no longer going to do that.  These were definitely fluffier, lighter, and delicious!  As a Weight Watcher member, I find they are completely worth the 6 points (plus a few more for the syrup).  Next time I’ll actually probably top these with some banana slices or something.

The note on the page also suggests to add fresh fruit to the batter and I will be exploring that option more.

This cookbook is one that I will be playing with quite often in the future!  I am so excited about so many of the recipes.  I can’t wait to get started on more!

What restaurant has your favorite pancakes? 

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