Recipe: Pancakes from Scratch

pancakerecipe1aMy grandmother’s cookbook. Even though the copyright is 1946 (the year before my mother was born) I use it often.  The pages are a bit brittle and yellowed, the cover is loose…but it is always the first place I look for recipes.

THIS is my main pancake recipe.  So versatile, I switch it up using fruit, seasonings, make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We actually have these more for dinner than breakfast.  By request.  Hubby loves pancakes. I also use almond or coconut milk since I’m not supposed to have dairy and I use honey instead of sugar.  And pancakes pancakes1aare frugal too.

Honestly, homemade pancakes don’t take much longer to make than boxed pancakes and taste so much better in my humble opinion.  And the fresher your ingredients, the better they taste.  And did I mention they are frugal?

Here is the recipe for you:

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2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon melted shortening

Mix and sift flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.  Add milk, well-beaten egg, and shortening and mix well.  Drop by tablespoons on a hot griddle, greased well, and brown on both sides.  Serve hot with marmalade or honey.

I’d love to hear about your favorite pancake recipe, and if you try this one, I’d love to hear how you like it.  Until next time…grace and peace!

John 6:47-50 
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

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Baking local grown pumpkins to make puree.

I’m not a fan of pumpkin spiced everything.   I do, however, like homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. My Aunt who recently passed away mid September gave everyone pumpkin and banana breads every Christmas.  I looked forward to that every year.  Quite a few years ago when we were going through some hard times and money was tight, I took that idea and started baking Christmas gifts including pumpkin bread. I even shared my homemade honey wheat bread and Amish white bread with my Aunt at our family Christmas. But pumpkin bread is one of my favorites and is a favorite of several in our family. Here is the recipe I use.  It isn’t my Aunt’s recipe, never as good as hers because of all the love she put into it, but this is my favorite recipe to use and it makes delicious bread.  It makes three loaves and I think it tastes even better when you use fresh pumpkin puree.  It isn’t hard and you don’t have to use pie pumpkins.  You can use any good pumpkin.  Just cut it in half, clean out the pumpkin guts, and bake in a 350 F oven until tender.  A knife will go through it easily.  Scoop out the pumpkin, let it drain for a while in a cheese cloth lined colander, then freeze.  I freeze mine in 1 cup portions.  I’d love to hear what you think if you try this recipe, or if you make your own puree.

Ingredients

3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour three 9″ x 5″ loaf pans.

In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves then stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes to one hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

Favorite Finds Friday, June 12

Here are a few of the most interesting, fun, practical, weird, frivolous, informative, creative, yummy, etc. finds I have found on the internet this week. Let me know what you think!

glutenfreedumpcakeGluten Free Blueberry Dump Cake from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

While I don’t need to be gluten free, my sister-in-law and her two daughters do.  So for holidays and family gatherings, this has to be taken into consideration.  It is nice that we can still have yummy treats and everyone can partake.  And we all love blueberries!  Although this recipe is not dairy free, I would think that using non-dairy milk and oil, and fresh whipped coconut milk whipped cream would work.  This recipe also links a recipe for gluten free vanilla cake mix, which is also not dairy free.   I don’t know a dairy alternative to cultured buttermilk blend powder or whey powder, but the Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix is dairy free.

Achillea_millefolium__Common_YarrowUses for Yarrow from Urban Prepper Chicks Herb of the Week

I have yarrow growing in my garden.  I got it a few years ago because it was an herb and I thought the flower was pretty.  To he honest, I had no idea about what it was or how to use it.  I’ve since researched it and have found that while it doesn’t have a lot of use as a cooking herb, it’s a very useful medicinal herb.

 

 

cucumbersaladGrandma’s Cucumber Salad from Lauren’s Latest

I TOTALLY understand this post.  I have several childhood favorites that my grandmother made and never wrote down the recipe.  I did convince her one time to give me one of her recipes and while she told me what she put in it, she had no idea about measurements because she did it.  Even with her directions I couldn’t make that recipe.  Anyway, I love cucumbers and I think my guys will LOVE this recipe.  I can’t wait to try it once my cucumber plants start producing…I hope.  Last year my cucumber vines grew really well…and not one cucumber.  Not one.

15HerbsforHeadaches15 Herbs for Headaches from The Homestead Garden

I suffer from frequent headaches.  While I used to suffer migraines, I am very thankful that I haven’t had one in several years.  What I mainly suffer from is sinus headaches.  And I’m always on the lookout for something natural that will help.  I am certainly going to check these out.

 Shabby-Chic Inspiration Crochet Doilies from Anabelia Craft Design

These are beautiful.  And the gift package idea is so elegant.  Everything on this blog is beautiful.  Such talent.  There is a link to the pattern toward the end where you can get the PDF.  I can’t wait to try a pattern or two, but I have really enjoyed browsing.  But these doilies are next in line on my project list.  Next after all the other projects that I have yet to finish.  Well, there is always room for one more….

That’s all my finds for this week. More next time! If you come across something you think I might be interested in (or maybe you posted it yourself), leave me a comment and I’ll check it out.

Colossians 3:23 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

My New Favorite

Ice Cream.  Dairy-Free.  So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream – Simply Strawberry.  Now if I could only find dairy-free cheese that good!  I know it’s a small container and I could eat the whole thing in one sitting, but the price keeps me from doing that!  At some point I will make my own….

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My Biscuit Recipe

I make biscuits quite often.  Hubby loves them and they are really easy and really quick.  This recipe is good as rolled biscuits, drop biscuits, add a little sugar and they are good for shortcakes.  I’ve used them as biscuit topping for casseroles.  I haven’t perfected wheat biscuits yet, but when I do I’ll let you know.

This recipe comes from my grandmother’s cookbook.  I’ve tried a lot of recipes, but I keep coming back to this one.   One thing I want to point out is that I usually use almond milk instead of cows milk (since I can’t have dairy anymore).  I do use lard instead of shortening, but you can use what you like…even butter works.  You’ll want your lard/shortening/butter cold when mixing it into the flour.  And when mixing, be careful not to work the dough too much or you’ll get hockey pucks instead of biscuits.  You want it to just come together.

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They are very nice rolled out, but you can just cut them with a pizza cutter too!
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They rise up well and come out good and flaky.  You can brush on melted butter if you like.  I like (but I’m not supposed to have dairy…*sigh*).  You can even add some garlic to the butter if you like.  I like that too.
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Here the recipe:

Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup milk

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. Rub shortening in with finger tips. Add milk slowly and mix to a soft dough. Roll out on a slightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter. Bake in quick oven (450F) 10-15 minutes. Yield: 12 biscuits

Recipe: Potato Soup

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My dairy free version, added some celery, peppers and corn. That is the best part of soups, adding what you have and what you like.

One of my favorite soups is potato soup. This is my standard recipe, the only difference is that it will be dairy free. A regular broth soup instead of a cream soup using olive oil instead of butter, and pork instead of bacon.  But when I could have all the dairy, I made this a lot.

Potato Soup

6 cups diced potatoes
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2-3 carrots chopped
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cups milk
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
5-8 slices crumbled bacon

Combine all ingredients except milk and parsley in crockpot. Cook on low 7-8 hours, or until potatoes are done. Add milk and parsley and cook on high another 30 minutes. Garnish with cheddar cheese and fresh chives. For creamier soup, substitute 1 cup of cream for 1 cup of milk.

Proverbs 31:14-15
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

Recipe: Crustless Gluten Free/Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

Having to be dairy free and having my sister-in-law and both her daughters be gluten free, holidays meals get pretty challenging.  Last year was our first totally gluten and dairy free Thanksgiving and this was one of my favorite recipes.  You can make it with regular flour if you don’t have to be gluten free, and dairy if you don’t have to be dairy free.

Crustless Gluten Free/Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

There are quite a few other pie recipes that include crusts as well.  Let me know if you try any!