Sunday, November 30, 2008

smpx 23: blue corn

We bought Blue Corn Pancake mix from the grist mill we visited in Arkansas on our camping trip last week. The mix was easy to prepare; just add water and oil and you're good to go. I loved the gritty texture of the cornmeal and the slight tanginess of the pancakes.

Pictures are of the actual water-powered grinding mechanism that we got to see in action, as well as a picture of the finished product and its blueness.

*** 1/2
We give blue corn pancakes 3.5/5 stars. Next week: pecan cinnamon whole grain pancakes

Sunday, November 23, 2008

smpx 22: batter blaster

We are back from our camping trip, and as the picture shows we made campfire Batter Blaster pancakes. They were surprisingly good! Super easy to make, as the video in the previous post illustrates. Just spray, cook, and flip.

They would have been even better if we had remembered butter or some kind of non-stick spray. As it was, they stuck to the pan and we had panlumps instead of pancakes. But they tasted good and were hot and filling, which is what we needed on that cold, cold (like seriously it was 35 degrees) morning on an Arkansas campground.

We give Batter Blaster panckes 3/5 stars.
Next week: one of the pancake mixes we picked up at a grist mill gift store

Monday, November 17, 2008

batter blaster

I've been told we need to try this.

smpx 21: the jimmy's egg experience

So we kind of broke the rules again this week and went out for Sunday morning breakfast. We did, however, order the buttermilk pancakes at Jimmy's Egg. And to make them SMPX-worthy, we opted out of the usual strawberry, blueberry, or apple toppings and instead loaded them up with cottage cheese.

Not bad! But we've made cheese pancakes (like lemon ricotta) that were better.

Next week we'll be on the road so look for SMPX 22: campfire pancakes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

sorry we missed a week

I was out of town. Apparently the SMPX blog has fans that notice.

From an e-mail:
"Say, do you know what you're doing for the next SMPX? It better be something really bizarre to make up for lack of pancakes this past sunday. I am an avid follower of the SMPX blog, and inevitably end up craving pancakes."

We'll try to come up with something especially crazy as punishment for missing last weekend. Feel free to comment with suggestions.

Monday, November 3, 2008

smpx 20: coffee cake

IHOP has been advertising their coffee cake pancakes this past week. We saw the ad and thought it would be perfect to try for the 20th week of SMPX.

We used the whole wheat batter mix and added a little brown sugar and sour cream. Once they were on the griddle, we sprinkled streusel from a package of apple muffin mix on one side of the pancakes. Once flipped, this made a sugar crust that was amazingly good. We topped the finished pancakes with honey butter and sprinkled on a little more the streusel.

These were the best SMPX attempt we've had a long time. I think these might be my new favorite.

We give coffee cake pancakes 4/5 stars.