Friday, May 30, 2008

Sweet Potato/Squash Pancakes

I've been trying to spend some time blogging lately although time is so scarce of late, and the computer so difficult to use...but I did visit a friend's blog and was distressed to learn her family didn't like her sweet potato pancakes...which are a favorite in our house. We will be having them today for meatless Friday at the request of my children. BTW, do you all keep meatless Fridays even when not in Lent? Just wondering as some of my Catholic friends do and some do not. We have been doing so for several years now, but neither my husband nor myself were raised to do so.

Some cooking tips for pancakes in general.
1- You must not rush them. I find when I turn too soon, they look fine outside and are uncooked inside.
2- Get your griddle good and hot, but then, as you are cooking turn down the flame. I suppose as the pan retains its heat, your pancakes get a nice golden color outside and are undercooked inside. I usually end up with my stove turned down quite low.
3- You must sample as you cook, lol, my favorite tip of course. I find making pancakes for a large brood of hungry children usually requires an excessive amount of time at the stove, as I generally need to quadruple the batch of an ordinary recipe to feed my hungry clan. I sample as I go, pancakes are delightful hot off the griddle sans butter and syrup, saving me the calories, but also insuring that my pancakes are properly cooked all the way through without burning the outside.
4- I may use a little butter on the griddle for flavor, but find my best success is with a dollop of olive oil. I heat the oil on the griddle then spread it around and pour off the excess into a small coffee cup. I will use that excess to re-grease pan if necessary. The oil doesn't smoke because I am always turning down the flame.
5- It may sound cliche, but always use fine seasonings. I buy korintje cinnamon in bulk. For a pound bag of this fine seasoning I generally pay less than $5.00 and trust me, you can taste the difference. Incidentally to buy less than 2 oz. of the same seasoning packaged in a usual jar, it is $3.85. I'd rather have a pound in a foil bag and use a small jar to store it in! I also grate my nutmeg fresh.

Now for the recipe:
Sweet Potato Pancakes
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 cups of milk
4 tsps melted butter plus more for skillet, or oil for skillet
2 whole eggs
1 sweet potato, cooked until tender, then pureed

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix together and whisk until smooth. Cook batches in buttered skillet until bubbles form on surface, then turn over and cook until dark golden brown.


NOTE: When I make this recipe I usually use butternut squash which I've baked and pureed and frozen in one cup quantities. I do believe the sweet potato would make for a nicer flavor than the squash, and definitely for a more beautiful color, but my family loves this plainer version and we use it because it is what I have on hand!

My children love to slather on the butter and syrup, but I think these pancakes stand alone just fine and usually have my fill at the stove, without any toppings whatsoever.


Katherine T. Lauer said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to try it.

We eat meatless on all Fridays. Of course, I'm a vegetarian, so for me it is the one day per week I get to cook a meal that I enjoy. :) For my husband Fridays are a real sacrifice.

kathryn said...

We are meatless too, as you know! And we love your pancakes...but, may 30th was a meat-FULL Friday LOL Feast of the Sacred Heart is a double of the first class with a privileged octave, so it transcends the fast and abstinence rule :-) We had pepperoni on the pizza- yum!!!!

Lily said...

Well, it almost got past me, but just before I was going to start the pancakes Mr. Thorns called and said he was bringing home pizza. Some of my kids were actually disappointed because as much as they love pizza, I haven't made the pancakes in quite a while.