Tipping Pitches: Man Food: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Man Food: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes

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As I've said before, I'm no chef.  I'm not even an average cook.  But I know how to use a griddle and a grill, and that's really all I need to be dangerous.

Because of that, don't expect to find original recipes here.  Instead, I'll occasionally post family favorite recipes here that I use myself.  They can be found elsewhere, but I'm just letting you know they're tried, tested, and Loomer family certified.

How can you go wrong with a pancake made to taste like oatmeal raisin cookies?  You can't.  And this recipe hits a home run with this family.  It's actually a Rachael Ray recipe (manly, I know), but you can't knock good food.  Here is the original recipe.

Following is how you make them:

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (if you please)
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 really ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 stick butter, melted (plus additional for griddle)
Maple syrup or honey

1. Preheat a griddle to 300-325 (depends on your griddle).

2. Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and walnuts (if you prefer, I don't like nuts in my pancakes -- you heard me) in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

3. In another large bowl, combine sour cream, milk, eggs and vanilla.

4. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined, then fold in the mashed-up bananas and the raisins.  Stir in the 1/4 cup melted butter.

5. Melt butter on griddle.  Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form on top, then turn.  Cook until golden brown on the other side.

Tip:  Now, the original recipe says to cook for two minutes on each side.  This is nuts.  These pancakes are from scratch and will not be done that quickly.  If you have the heat up too high, you'll burn the outside and they will be uncooked on the inside.  I prefer to cook them slowly -- somewhere between five and seven minutes per side.  That way, you'll cook them through without burning them.

Also note that I don't use the walnuts.  I'm like that.  I don't understand why people add nuts to everything (yeah, make your joke).  Nuts in chocolate?  Nuts in cookies?  What is wrong with you people?  It's fine without.  But maybe you disagree.

Ah... How beautiful.  These actually make about two dozen, so unless you've got a ton of people to feed there's no need to double batch.  We typically have about eight or nine left over that we have for breakfasts during the week.

JJ after his second pancake, waiting for his third.

Not too happy when Mama won't let him have a fourth pancake.


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