My very first food memory is sitting in my mother’s kitchen eating German Pancakes. My mom was not an especially good cook. Actually, most of the cooking in our home was done by my Dad who loved to cook. Mom did have, however, several signature dishes that were brilliant: German pancakes, fried bologna sandwiches (made from homemade bologna from my grandfather’s butcher shop), potato salad and tomato soup cake.
When my siblings and I were in elementary school, she always made German Pancakes on report card day. We’d run up the hill to our house and the smell would hit us before we even opened the door. She’d fill us full of sugar and send us back to school. She was the best mother ever!
When we lost her last summer, I snagged her recipe box from my sisters (muhahahhaha) and brought it home with me. I’m planning on slowly working through her lovely vintage recipes one by one. I had a little mini breakdown when I came across some recipes I had given her that she had put in her recipe box. I miss her so much. I have lived across the country from her for 20 years and we had been losing her to Alzheimer’s for the last several, but it still hurts so much to know that she is no longer on the planet, that I can’t just pick up the phone and say hi whenever I want to.
This is my very favorite food from my childhood.
2 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
2 t sugar
1 ½ cups flour
1 t baking powder
1 t vanilla
confectioner’s sugar (lots)
Start by beating the eggs
add the flour
ok, now plop two big spoonfuls of crisco in a skillet and let it melt…you are looking for about a 1/2 inch of melted greasiness and medium to medium high heat
pour in enough batter to make smallish pancakes
let them cook until they start to rise a little and are golden brown on one side
and cook until cooked all the way through and golden on both sides – move to a plate and douse with confectioners’ sugar
Miss you, mom…