Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hey Grandpa, What's for Breakfast?

Kellogg's announced there will be a shortage of Eggo Waffles due to problems at a few of its manufacturing plants.  I'm not a fan of prefabricated waffles, preferring to make fresh pancakes with Bisquick.  All you have to add are milk and an egg, and maybe some blueberries. 

(These are not mine—mine are never that uniform, and they are usually lopsided because I haven't quite perfected the art of pancake flipping)

While grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I noticed a pancake mix that claimed you could make extra fluffy pancakes if you "Just Add Water." 

My first thought was, I bet that eats like wet cardboard.  But I had to give it a try, if only for scientific reasons, because in the dead of winter, maintaining a supply of fresh milk and eggs could be a logistical problem.  If I can make decent pancakes by just adding water, I'd be, in the words of Jethro Bodine, happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.

The verdict: Not bad at all. The pancakes were much closer to Biquick's milk and egg pancakes than to wet cardboard.  To make them ever better, I reconstituted some dehydrated blueberries I got from Honeyville and added them to the batter.  Well, Doggie!  So this winter, no matter how deep the snow piles up, I'm going to at least have some pancakes and grits.


  1. Add a little vanilla or lemon extract and it will make them super yummy!

  2. Hmmm. I've never heard of that, but it sounds really good. I'll have to try it next time.

  3. You really are out in the middle of nowhere. You can add some spices for variation if you like that kinda thing. Cinnamon, fresh nutmeg if you've got it, even a pinch of ginger.

    You should try making tortillas; flour, salt, oil, and water is all you need! Mmmm breakfasty burritos.

  4. Thanks, Cooking Photographer. I may try some of those spices. I've tried to make tortillas in the past, and mine didn't turn out too well (I think it was the flipping part), so I stick with store-bought on those. One of these days I'll post about making my favorite Mexican breakfast--migas.