The Weekly Whisk - 7/12/21

Musings from a foodie…

When you get to the bottom of the barrel, sometimes you get to the best that life has to offer! Today’s best recipe comes from Uncle Gail [ * * * * * * ] – my Mom’s younger brother. But, first a story. For years and years, from the time I was a little boy until adulthood when I visited my Uncle Gail’s house I always had one request – pancakes! He made the best “from scratch” pancakes I’ve ever tasted. And, in the last 50 years or so before he passed away, every time I saw him I would ask, “So, Uncle Gail – how do you make your pancakes.” He always responded in the same way, “It’s a secret!” Then, about a year before he died, he pulled me aside one morning, handed me a pencil and paper and said: “Write this down”. So, now in a moment of desperation to share a really good Weekly Whisk find, I’m going to share something I’ve never shared with anyone – My Uncle Gail’s Pancake recipe. It consists of: 2 Pints Buttermilk, 2 Cups Flour, 2 t Baking Soda, 2 t Baking Powder, 2 Tb. Sugar, 2 Tb. Oil, 2 egg yolks (subsequently increased to 3 egg yolks by me), a pinch of salt; and, 2 caps of Mexican Vanilla (another KMF addition).

But, there’s more! Not only did Uncle Gail keep me in suspense for nearly half a century, he also played to the house. After sharing the recipe in front of all my relatives, he then ended the discussion with the following comment: “By the way, the recipe is straight out of Bette Crocker’s Red Book.” Sure enough, there it was when I looked it up. That’s in part – besides the additional tastings – why I added one extra egg and vanilla from Mexico. The recipe is still Uncle Gail’s as far as I’m concerned. Share it carefully…and, secretly…

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