Yeast Pancakes – A Kitchen Experiment

Although I have a ton of cookbooks I often avoid them completely or use them for inspiration and modify recipes to my own tastes. I frequently experiment in the kitchen and when I do I usually make notes on what I do, not so much so I can duplicate them myself, but so I can share my successes with others. Being a photographer I also like to document my culinary experiments visually.
Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods, and I am also fond of baking bread. I love the rich yeasty taste of fresh bread and for some time have been wondering if I could make pancakes leavened with yeast instead of baking powder. A couple weeks ago I tried it. It worked and today I share the recipe with you.

Whole Wheat Yeast Pancakes

1 Cup Water

2 Tbsp. Sugar

1 Tbsp. Yeast

1 Cup Milk

1 Cup Vegetable Oil

½ Tsp. Salt

1 Cup White Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

In a medium bowl combine the water (should be warm, around 100 F) sugar and yeast. Mix it well and then allow it to sit for about 10 minutes in a warm place until it becomes foamy.

After allowing the yeast to work, stir in the milk and vegetable oil. Add the salt and begin adding the flour a little at a time stirring with a whisk or large spoon. I like to alternate between the white and whole wheat flours as I add them to make sure they are thoroughly blended. If you use an electric mixer, keep it on the lowest speed and do not over mix.

Once the ingredients are all combined allow the mix to sit and rise another 5 to 10 minutes and then spoon the batter onto a lightly greased hot griddle and fry as you would any other pancakes.

Serve with butter and syrup or the topping of your choice while still hot. If you have leftovers, they can be sealed I a large ziplock bag and refrigerated for about a week then reheated on a warm griddle or in a toaster.

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Text and image copyright 2010 Dave Michael.  No portion of this article may be reproduced without permission of the author.

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One Response to “Yeast Pancakes – A Kitchen Experiment”

  1. LO PHATT Says:

    That huge dollop of butter on top is so yummy too!

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