3.07.2010

Gourmet Magazine: Dec. '93 Pancake Recipe

My mom has made these pancakes for as long as I can remember. It was always a treat, waking up on Sunday mornings to the aroma of butter-rich, syrupy pancakes and sizzling bacon. In fact, she still has the original December 1993 issue in a kitchen drawer, its pages permanently glued with batter of bygone eras to this special pancake recipe.


Gourmet Magazine, December 1993 Pancake Recipe

This recipe holds a special place in my family's heart. Not only was it our Sunday morning pancake recipe, it was the recipe my mom and I made for brunch on Christmas morning. It was the brunch item my grandpa couldn't get enough of, the one my godfather would actually eat without complaining and the recipe that – requiring a bit of concentration – my grandma would inevitably want to chat about as I whipped the egg whites. As time has passed, my grandpa still raves over the pancakes every year, my godfather is in his 90's and can't make it to brunch anymore, and we miss my grandma very much.

That said, this pancake recipe is one of the things that brought – and still brings – my family together. I hope it does the same for you.

Gourmet Magazine Pancake Recipe: December 1993 Issue
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pure maple syrup as an accompaniment
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, softened butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, flour and sugar until the mixture is smooth.


In another bowl (preferably chilled metal or glass), with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks and fold them into the flour mixture gently but thoroughly.

Whip egg whites until they hold soft peaks

Gently fold egg whites into batter mixture

Heat a griddle over moderately-high heat until it is hot enough to make drops of water scatter over its surface. Spray griddle with non-stick spray or rub with a pat of butter to avoid sticking.

Grease a hot skillet or griddle pan
Pour spoonfuls of batter onto hot griddle. When batter begins to bubble, flip pancake and let cook until fluffy and browned, about 1-2 minutes.

Spoon batter onto hot griddle

Let batter cook until it begins to bubble, 1-2 minutes

Flip and let cook until fluffy and golden brown

Move cooked pancakes to slightly warmed rear of griddle

Transfer pancake to a warm plate; top with pat of butter and hot maple syrup. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe makes ~20 pancakes (3-4 per serving)

30 comments:

  1. Pancakes... comfort food... YUM

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  2. Ok, those look incredible! The last restaurant pancakes I had were terrible. These look like they'll erase that memory for me and replace it with a GOOD one!

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  3. I love pancakes at anytime! Great recipe!:)

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  4. those look SOOOO good. '93 was a good year. i was ten-years-old. wish i could go back for a day or two :)

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  5. Thanks everyone! These are a winner, hands-down. Aside from the few moments it takes to beat the egg whites, you've got GREAT pancakes in 20 minutes flat. :)

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  6. Thank you for posting, I will definitely try these! Our standbys are the French Pancakes from Joy of Cooking, but we definitely will try these!

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  7. We are making these this morning, I'm excited!

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  8. I'm in a waffle phase right now, but as soon as I crave something different (which might be this weekend), I'm giving them a try!

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  9. Hi Nicole! If you're in a waffle phase, definitely try this Lazy Morning Waffle recipe. At least that's what I call it. :) http://pardonmycrumbs.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunday-morning-waffles.html

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  10. Hi Christie! I'm loving this blog. I want to try this recipe, but how much double-acting baking powder do I use? 1 1/2 tbsp or tsp? It just says "t"! : ) Keep up the amazing work!!! You inspire me like nobody's business!

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  11. Hi there! Thanks for the wonderful comment. I'm so happy you're loving the blog! Re: your question, the "t" stands for teaspoon. Enjoy the pancakes! :)

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  12. Just made these today after having the page bookmarked for ages... I added two very ripe mashed bananas, and they're definitely the best pancakes I've made thus far. Mmm.

    Your family has great taste in pancakes recipes.

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  13. I love pancakes but I always try to cook as well but it doen't taste as I hope.It looks delicious in the photo.

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  14. I am really excited to learn about the pancake recipe. I would collect this Gourmet Magazine Pancake Recipe: December 1993 issue for keeps sake. They must be uniquely delicious as they look so great.

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  16. They pancakes look so delicious and mouthwatering. These remind me of my good old days when my old grandma used to prepare such type of cakes and we grand children eagerly waited to pounce upon the precious cakes.

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  17. These pancakes look so delicious, and irresistibly mouthwatering. The recipe is worth practicing for all the taste of the pancake. It is a refreshing post.

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  21. How interesting it is to cook until it is bubbly, little dry around the edges and lightly browned on the bottom? I appreciate the a few ingredients and a simple recipe. Yet they are so tasty and delicious.

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  22. Fantastic pancake recipe! We got a lot of similarities when it comes to weekend mornings, Molly. This is definitely THE PANCAKE recipe I was looking for. I just ate pancakes this morning made by my sister but it was a little marshmallow-y even though she used Pillsbury pancake mix.

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