[1] Whole-Grain Griddle Cakes

Joy of Cooking

We have a funny way of making pancakes in this house. Namely: we don’t have a big griddle to make them on, so they come off the pan one or two at a time. This leads to eating in the kitchen while waiting for the next one to come off the pan. We’ll also alternate who makes each one so that the other can enjoy theirs while it is hot.

As far as heat is concerned, let the pan get hot over a medium heat. Add your butter (what else?), add the batter, and wait until you see bubbles popping and not closing back up. Flip the pancake, then turn the heat off. Repeat a lot.

This says it makes “about fourteen 4-inch cakes”. That sounds about right, but we didn’t count.


1/2 c all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
1/2 t salt

1/2 t baking powder (the book specifies “double-acting”. Yours is.)

3/4 t baking soda

1 c whole wheat flour (“finely milled”)

2 T sugar

1 egg

2 c buttermilk (we used 2 c milk + 5 t white vinegar to fake this)

2 T melted butter


Sift the first four ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Stir in the whole wheat flour. In a separate bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients (sugar, egg, “buttermilk”, butter). Add the liquid mixture into the dry and mix quickly. Don’t beat it to death, just make sure there aren’t big pockets of dry stuff.

Get your skillet or griddle (lucky you!) hot and add some kind of fat to make things not stick. We went with more butter, but whatever you have handy will probably work. Pour 1/4 c of batter into the pan and leave it alone until there are bubbles forming, popping, and not filling back in on the top. At that point flip the cake and turn the heat off on your pan (if using a griddle, well, I don’t know. You’ll figure it out!). Wait until it looks like it’s done, and eat.


Decent pancakes. We have a recipe from About.com that we like better, but they turned out well enough. The addition of the buttermilk didn’t do anything special for me. Maybe that’s because we cheated instead of going out in the driving rain to buy the real thing. I’m ok with that.

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