Ever since I started blogging, I’ve wanted to write a series on cookbooks that I can’t live without. When the boys wanted pancakes for breakfast this morning, it presented the perfect opportunity to begin.
If you’ve never heard of “the Cotton Country collection” you should look it up, and for just about $15 on Amazon you can have a copy of your own. It was written by the Junior League of Monroe County, LA in 1972, and is full of old-fashioned and delicious recipes. My mom owned this cookbook and bought a copy for me when I got my first apartment, and I can attest that everything we have ever made from it has been delicious. If you’re looking for a retro or traditional Southern recipe, this should be the first place you look. There are no beautiful photographs to accompany the recipes, but there are some fantastic editor’s notes that will surely make you laugh. One thing to remember when using a throwback cookbook like this one is that in 1972 fresh ingredients like we have today were not readily available. So if the thought of using canned asparagus makes your stomach roll, by all means substitute for fresh. Either way, these ladies knew how to cook!
Back to the pancakes. These are my kids’ favorites, and they’re just as easy to make as with a mix (pancake mix is a total ripoff by the way). They have A LOT of baking powder which is why they’re so fluffy. My version has more milk than the original recipe, but I find that it makes the batter easier to work with. Depending on how fast you cook these up, the batter will continue to thicken, so feel free to add even more milk to loosen it up as you go.
And, of course, we can’t go a meal with the kids wanting the exact same thing! Child A likes plain pancakes, child Z likes his with blueberries. I solve this issue by boiling a little syrup with a handful of blueberries until the berries pop. Voila! Instant blueberry syrup!
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Combine egg, milk and oil
- Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth
- Bake on an ungreased griddle or nonstick pan
- Top with maple syrup or blueberry syrup and enjoy!