Friday, January 23, 2009

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Looking for a way to use some of that wheat from your food storage? Are you trying to find ways to incorporate more wheat into your diet? This is a great whole wheat recipe that is not too overwhelmingly "wheat". This is from the King Arthur Flour website which also has a lot of other great wheat recipes. The recipe online has pictures that may be helpful.

If you have wheat, but not a wheat grinder, please let me know. I have a wheat grinder that is old and messy, but it works. Just let me know and I will either let you borrow it or grind it for you.

3 1/2 cups oats
4 cups whole wheat flour (recipe calls for white wheat, but you can use red)
1 cup all purpose flour
3 T sugar
3 T baking powder
1 T salt
1 T baking soda
3/4 cup oil

To make the mix: Grind the oats in a blender or food processor until chopped fine but not a powder. Put the oats, flours and remaining dry ingredients into the bowl of a mixer with a paddle. Mix on slow speed and drizzle the oil into the bowl slowly while the mixer is running.

When all the oil has been added, stop the mixer and squeeze a clump of mix in your hand. If it holds together, its just right. If it doesn't, stir in 1 T oil at at time until the consistency is correct. Store in an airtight container indefinitely in the freezer.

To make the pancakes: Whisk together 1 cup of mix, 1 cup buttermilk( or 1/2 plain yogurt plus 1/2 cup milk), 1 T *orange juice and 1 large egg. The batter will be thin but will thicken as it stands. Let it stand for 15 min before cooking. Cook on hot griddle 3-4 minutes then flip and cook for 1-2 mins.

You can also make imaginative pancakes by using pineapple-coconut, cranberry-apple, peach-walnut, cinnamon-banana, etc.

*The acidity and sweetness of the orange juice helps mellow the tannic taste some people perceive in whole wheat flour; the pancakes won't have any orange flavor, they may taste slightly milder to you than without it.

I have also heard that this mix can be substituted for baking mixes (like bisquick) in other recipes, but I have not tried it myself. If anyone does, please leave a comment as to how it turns out. Thanks!
Marissa Cohen

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