Saturday, January 10, 2009

Late-Again Friday Five

I skipped the Friday Five, for obvious reasons, yesterday. But since pancakes are one of my favorite foods, I couldn't leave it alone. So here goes:

1. Scratch or mix? Buttermilk or plain?
Yes and yes. I have a family pancake recipe that calls for an entire tablespoon of baking powder, that makes incredibly yummy, cakey pancakes. Those, potato pancakes and buckwheat pancakes are my favorites. But every once in awhile Bisquick pancakes hit the spot. Not institutional diner pancakes, mind you -- Bisquick pancakes. The flavor and texture (the latter achieved by not overcooking) are just good.

2. Pure and simple, or with additions cooked in?
Pure and simple. I don't like crunchy/chewy/lumpy stuff in my pancakes.

3. For breakfast or for dinner?
Yes. (Much to the distress of Fellow Traveler, who maintains that breakfast foods are breakfast foods for a reason. Which is also why she doesn't care for cold-pizza breakfasts or omelet suppers.)

4. Preferred syrup or other topping? How about the best side dish?
Pure maple syrup, hands down. And while I don't really need a side with hotcakes, if I'm really hungry sausage patties or a bit of ham works for me.

5. Favorite pancake restaurant?
Again, much to FT's chagrin, I love IHOP. But I also enjoy a little divey place called Helen's Restaurant in downtown Remus, Michigan. This has been a favorite pre-Wheatland-Festival breakfast stop of mine for years. Their buckwheat pancakes rock -- fluffy and tender.

1 comment:

Auntie Knickers said...

Good for you for playing in the midst of drama! The little dive-y places are the best, I find.