Pete’s Scotch Pancakes

The mother of all pancakes. I don’t think I’ve ever had Bisquick in my life (unless a diner snuck it it). I grew up on these – my dad’s pancakes. Many Sunday mornings Nikki and I would wake up to the smell of bacon wafting up the old creaky stairs. We’d get up and head down just as our dad was heating up the griddle for his pancakes. When we were real little sometimes they would be in the shape of Mickey Mouse heads, but usually they were circles. My dad never added anything to the batter. Never mnms or chocolate bits, never fruit. He always liked it plain and simple. He’s a simple kind of guy. If he likes a movie, he’ll watch it over and over (I Am Legend). If he likes a book, he’ll just read that book, again and again (I Am Legend). Seriously. He likes old things – Sunbeam mixers, Old English 3-speeds, record players from Germany. He respects what is tried and true, and I think he has passed that down to us. I know one thing – this is the only kind of pancake. period.

I personally have discovered a love for cinnamon apple walnut pancakes. When I was still dating my husband I would visit him in his hometown Quincy, MA for the weekend and Saturday morning we would end up at The Early American. Oftentimes we would go with his dad, another lover of good breakfasts – but of the diner variety. Rita, the waitress, would always come over and chat and Dan’s dad would usually make her blush once or twice, even if she is about 20 years older than him. He can have that affect on women. Needless to say, we were/are always served an amazing breakfast there. That is where I first had apple walnut pancakes. I added cinnamon to my version. It makes me think of burly men wearing plaid in Vermont.

Please note that these numbers will serve 4 people. If it’s just the 2 of you, definitely halve this recipe.

In 1 bowl mix together…

-1 stick of melted butter

-3 eggs

-1/2 cup confectioner sugar

In another bowl mix together…

-2 cups of flour

-4 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 3/4 cups milk

Mix these two bowls together.

Fold in whatever fruit or sweets you desire (ex. blueberries, chocolate chips, etc)

For the apple walnut version..

Chop up a hand full of walnuts. Peel an apple (I use gala) and chop it into bits. Mix the fruit and walnuts in a bowl sprinkled with cinnamon. Fold into your batter.

Heat your griddle to about med-high (or 350ish). Make them small enough that you can flip them.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. mama says:

    Now that our girls no longer live here, the smell of these delicious pancakes still wakes me up on some weekends, and down I go to find Pete cooking away! Nothing cuter than a man in pj’s making breakfast!

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