Tuesday, February 5, 2013

There is a difference in Baking SODA and Baking POWDER, darling.

In honor of National Pancake Day, I'd like to share with y'all one of my favorite recipes to cook as a child. Growing up, I was an avid reader and of course one of my favorite series was the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. What a better  Christmas gift for an eight year old, "Hostess with the Mostest", than a copy of the Nancy Drew Cookbook.
My first cookbook and what started the crazed (somewhat obsessive) collecting of them!!
The next time I had spend the night company, we woke before the rest of the house. Wondering what to do, I sent my guests to the den to watch Saturday morning cartoons and decided to make breakfast. Cold cereal and juice, just would not do for my guests! So, I got out my new cookbook and decided a lovely pancake breakfast would be just the thing. I found the large electric griddle I had seen my father cook pancakes on for many Saturday mornings and was on my way! Not being able to find the baking powder, I used baking soda instead! So while the "Tapping Heels Griddlecakes" may have fallen flat, the breakfast and fun of it all definitely did not!
Tapping Heels Griddlecakes
from the Nancy Drew Cookbook 1973
1/2 cup of milk
2 tablespoons, butter melted
1 egg
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons, baking POWDER
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat the milk, butter and egg lightly in a large bowl.
Sift the other ingredients together and add them to the liquid mixture. Stir just enough to dampen the flour. If necessary, add more milk to make the batter as thick as heavy cream.

Lightly grease griddle or skillet. Heat. Sprinkle a few drops of water on it. When the drops "dance" around, the pan is hot enough.
Spoon the batter onto the pan. When bubbles start to form on a cake, flip it over with a pancake turner.
So darlings, even when things don't go your way when entertaining just turn on your sparkling personality and have a good laugh! It happens to all of us!

And the next time you come across one of these older tomes of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, read a few pages, smile and maybe you'll be taken back to a fond childhood memory as well!

Enjoy, y'all!
Happy National Pancake Day!
The Southern Socialite

P.S. Which book cover do you like best? Comment and let me know! ~xx