Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rosa Parks' Pancakes

After the death of Rosa Parks in 2005, a great deal of memorabilia from her life was collected to be auctioned as a single lot by Guernsey's Auctioneers. Among the items - virtually anything you can think of - are ephemera from Mrs. Parks herself. There is, of course, a great deal of serious material, but something more lighthearted has floated its way onto the internet. It is a recipe, handwritten on the back of an envelope from the 1st National Bank of Detroit, for "Featherlite Pancakes". It reads:

Featherlite pancakes

sift together
1 C flour
2 T B. Powder
1/2 t salt
2 T sugar

1 egg - 1 1/4 C milk
1/3 C peanut butter melted
1 T shortening or oil

combine with dry ingredients
cook at 275
on griddle

Anyone who cooks will instantly be alarmed at the amount of baking powder. But it works. Perhaps a little too well. Approximately this amount of flour and milk goes into my ordinary pancake recipe (with much less leavening), and the batter fits in a 2-cup measuring cup.

Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed, the featherlite batter grows rapidly and nearly overflowed the top of my 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup - so it makes at least 5 cups of batter if not more. It's foamy.

The pancakes are true to name, light as can be and over half an inch tall in the middle. They do taste peanutty but this is probably a good thing - otherwise they might taste a little too much like baking powder.

These are definitely worth a try but be prepared for lots of batter and more pancakes than two people should reasonably be eating.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This sounds really neat, I'm totally making these.