Apr
16

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Whole wheat pancakes –

Growing up my parents had a pretty leave-it-to-beaver division of roles.  My father brought home the bacon and my mother cooked it.  They were both pretty happy with that division, and it’s only been since his retirement that my father has started baking.  But, like most rules there were exceptions – two in this case. When camping my father did all of the cooking, and when pancakes were on the weekend menu – well those were his too.  He got pretty good at making pancakes.

Maple syrup from our own trees to complement whole wheat pancakes

Maple syrup from our own trees to complement whole wheat pancakes

Those pancakes were always made with plain old white flour and smothered in syrup – often pancake syrup rather than real maple syrup.  Now, I’m not exactly up for the division of roles that suited both of my parents but, I still love pancakes and so do my kids.  That said, in my home pancakes are made with freshly milled whole grain flour – usually whole wheat, and the syrup is real maple syrup.

I love how the richness of the whole wheat combines with sweet maple flavor.  It’s interesting too, how four good sized pancakes with a drizzle of syrup forms a meal that satisfies for hours whereas it took a pile of white flour pancakes in a sea of syrup to fill me up at the table.


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Whole Wheat Hot Crossed Buns

Like so many seasonal or holiday baked goods hot crossed buns can be prepared any time of the year.  It’s not like the bakery gremlins are going to jump out from behind the wheat barrel and confiscate “unseasonal” baking.  But, all the same, there is something to be said about allowing traditions and the flow of the seasons to prompt us to mix up our culinary repertoire.

Let Easter (or now) serve as the reason to mix up your baking by preparing a batch of hot crossed buns.  If you can make buns you can make hot crossed buns – the only difference is the addition of a few spices to our standard whole wheat yeast bread recipe along with a cup of raisins added just before the dough is kneaded for the second time.  When the buns have cooled they get a tiny bit of icing.  That’s it.  Simple, easy, fast and a delicious difference.   Make a batch and the bakery gremlins who make these disappear will end up being your family members.

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