Back when I was still getting daily “are you okay?” and “do you need anything” phone calls from my mother after my little rumble with the stairs, she told me one more she’d just made German pancakes for breakfast. “Oh, you remember them, don’t you? I made them once in a while when you were growing up.”
Well no, I don’t. Do your parents ever do this? Insist you ate something often — it was practically a staple, mind you — and it’s news to you. I have no recollection of these puffy, curly, easy-as-sin goodies but I won’t be forgetting them any time soon. They taste like thick, winding crepes with just a hint of sweetness. The recipe suggests you serve them with butter, powdered sugar and lemon wedges, mom suggests her favorite, raspberry syrup but Alex and I are more the Vermont pure maple and fresh berries type.
The recipe, by the way, mom says she got from one of those inserts that came with her at least 30-year old blender, completely crushing my romanticized notions of this being something her parents over brought from the “old country.” Sigh. Of course, it suggests you make this in a blender my hand-mixer worked just fine, as I am sure would a whisk. It takes about 2.5 minutes to assemble, 30 minutes to bake and four, maybe five minutes to eat, though it will take restraint to even stretch it out that long. Loopy breakfast goodness doesn’t get any better than this.
From my mom’s old blender cookbook
Note: There’s a newer, easier, and more dramatic puffy pancake on the site: Extra-Billowy Dutch Baby Pancake.
Yield 2 9-inch pancakes.
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup flour, sifted
2/3 cup milk
Heat oven to 400°F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans generously with the softened butter. Put eggs in blender container, cover and process at “stir” until light yellow in color. Push “mix” button, remove cover and add remaining ingredients; process until smooth. Pour into prepared pans and bake 20 minutes; then reduce heat to 350°F and bake 10 minutes. Slide onto hot plates. Serve with lemon slices, powdered sugar and butter if you follow recipes to the letter, raspberry syrup if you’re my mom or maple syrup and fresh berries if you’re us.