There is comfort in ritual. It can be anything, big or small.
For us, it’s pancakes on Saturday morning. I know a lot of families that share this ritual, but for us it is a big one. We don’t miss them, not even our summer vacations get in the way of pancake Saturdays. I just take the ingredients with us. There is really nothing like sitting outside, eating warm pancakes, listening to the wind blow through the evergreens, with the mountains as your morning view.
This recipe is very simple. No eggs. No buttermilk. Yet they are fluffy, light and not overly sweet. I usually double the recipe as the boys will eat them cold as snacks or we’ll do a reheat of the leftovers Sunday morning for Samuel (he’s the only one that likes leftovers). I make each boy their pancake of request as they are cooking on the griddle. The most popular is chocolate chips. I love blueberries and Bret likes his plain.
adapted from ‘The Joy of Vegan Baking’
yields 8-10 pancakes (this is never enough so I usually double the recipe)
1 cup whole wheat pasty flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nondairy milk
2 tablespoons melted nondairy butter or safflower oil (or any vegetable oil)
3 tablespoons maple syrup or freshly squeezed orange juice
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the milk, oil (or butter) and sweetener.
Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix just until moistened; a few lumps are okay. Over-mixing makes for tough pancakes.
Heat a nonstick griddle over medium -high heat (I set mine at 325 degrees).
Pour the batter onto the heated griddle, about a 1/4 cup each. Add any berries, chocolate chips or nuts to each pancake at this point. Cook the pancakes for a couple of minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Slide a spatula under the pancake and flip it over. Cook the pancakes on the other side for another 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Many times rituals are the building blocks for memories. I hope someday, when my boys are all grown, they’ll fondly remember Saturday morning pancakes. I know I will.
Easter Blessings friends! Have a wonderful weekend!