Let’s just start out by clarifying a few things here. First, I sometimes call my dad Mel. Never to his face, only in reference, and usually when talking with my college friends. I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but I do believe that back in our early college days, when we were altogether too big for our britches, we started referring to our Parental Units by their first names. To this day, there are people with whom the PU reference is religiously made in this manner. Somehow, I guess because some of those same people are my faithful readers, I call him Mel here.
I wonder how he feels about it.
Mel? How do you feel about it?
(He’s here. At my house. Now.)
(I’m too big for spanking. Did you hear me, Mel?)
So. The other morning, on a day that just so happened to be the anniversary of the day of Mel’s birth, I asked him to make pancakes for the boys. It was kind of unfair, seeing as how it was his birthday and all, but I did it anyway. I knew he wouldn’t refuse, even though he gave me a look that said, “Really? On my birthday? I think you’re still too big for your britches, young lady.”
I smiled at him and headed for the shower.
(Mel makes great pancakes. The boys know it, and he knows it.)
When I came back downstairs, he thrust a fork in my face and said something like, “You were out of buttermilk. You were out of milk. Try it.”
What could I do? I tried the pancake. It. Was. Gooooood. It was so good that we ate the whole double batch, save one lone pancake left drowning in syrup by a college boy who would only leave a lone pancake drowning in syrup if there were no earthly way to cram it in his gullet.
So. I asked Mel if I could share his accidental pancake recipe with you! Being the gracious and wonderful dad that he is, he said yes (or scowled at me and nodded ever so slightly, but still).
So. Without further ado, I give you:
Mel’s (Accidental) Eggnog Pancakes
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs 1 egg
4 tablespoons oil or butter
Do you see what I did? I started with Mel’s (original) Famous Pancakes recipe, crossed through the ingredients he omitted or altered for the Accidental recipe, and, where necessary, wrote the substitutions after the marked-through ingredient. See? I just gave you two recipes.
I’m good like that.
The rest is easy. Pancakes are always better if you let your batter rest–try for at least 15 minutes. Then, on a very hot pan or griddle, melt some butter. Don’t be skimpy. Pour your pancakes and set a timer for two minutes. When timer goes off, flip and set it for another two minutes. The trick is to not fear the very hot pan (or griddle). If they aren’t cooked through in four minutes, it’s not hot enough.
So. Go try this recipe! The boys did their “pour syrup until an adult yells at you to STOP!” routine, but I skipped the syrup and slathered them in butter. They were wonderful!