So one night (Saturday night), I was in bed and it was late (aka 10pm, way past my bedtime). And I was doing that smartphone thing and scrolling through my various Twitter feeds (@MissBDrama and @AllyssaBattle, y’all). Then. I saw it.
Laura Benanti tweeted the most beautiful and true thing ever in the world.
And that planted a small seed in my brain. The seed, a talking one, screamed “Pancaaaakkkesssss,” very quietly, but still quite audible. Like a stage whisper scream.
THEN, I was watching The Office. I’m about halfway through season five, by the way. I was watching the “Prince Family Paper” episode and suddenly I heard
Dwight: Then we meet at the Denny’s and we compare notes.
Michael: No. No, I never said Denny’s. IHOP.
Dwight: No. I said Denny’s you know how I feel about IHOP
Michael: Ohh don’t start–
Michael: I don’t– I don’t want to get into this debate again–
Michael: I enjoy IHOP.
Dwight: ..I’ll have a cup of coffee.
Michael: You will have pancakes and you’ll like it.
The seed was now a full blown Pancake-eating monster plant thing. So I made a Twitter-vow, almost like the Unbreakable Vow that Severus Snape made, to make pancakes.
But when I woke up, I also wanted to make cake or bread or something else carby. So I told Twitter about it again, because my cats weren’t listening.
Lori to the rescue. Lori suggested cake batter pancakes. Ok so here we go.
I don’t have a lot of cake mix in my house. I’m still gluten free (holla! ☹) and I don’t like gluten free cake mixes. But we had some leftover Bob’s Red Mill vanilla cake mix (honestly my least favorite cake mix, sorry, Bob) so I added that to my pancake mix
My new favorite pancake mix is Wild Roots Ancient Grain Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix. It’s hearty, doesn’t taste like cardboard, and the mix produces pancakes that don’t get gummy in the middle, as they do with some other gluten free pancake mixes. Womp womp.
So I followed the recipe on the back of the bag:
- 1 cup WildRoots® Gluten Free Ancient Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup milk
- ¼ cup water
Except that makes like 6-8 pancakes and I had really been too excited for pancakes to remember to cut the recipe in half. Oops. I also subbed the milk with coconut milk and the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Yes, I like coconut products. About ¼ cup of vanilla cake mix went in, so I only used ¾ cup of the pancake mix.
Tada. Slightly cakey tasting pancakes. I should have added some vanilla extract or something. But these were good. They weren’t too sweet or too cakey (Is there such a thing? What have I said?).
Also I know this picture only looks like 5 or so pancakes, but the recipe made way more (more like 8) and I kept eating them as they came off of the pan. I also gave one to my mom.
I also added some berry-maple “compote” to top them off. Aka a bag of Trader Joe’s mixed berries, heated in the microwave, mixed with some maple syrup and tapioca starch. Bam. Eat your heart out, IHOP.
Pancake craving success.
Also just a note that about an hour or two after eating my berried pancakes, I saw something dark and red on my neck and was like “Oh my goodness I’m bleeding! Help!”
It was berry sauce.
Don’t ask me how. It was berry sauce.