These tasty, and very easy to make rye pancakes are a popular breakfast treat here. I like them particularly because they don’t use any raising agents like bicarbonate of soda or baking powder – they rely entirely on egg whites to give them their incredibly light fluffy texture.
The recipe is taken from John Seymour’s classic work The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – although he calls them drop scones. I call them pancakes because I am sure that if I called them drop scones my boys wouldn’t touch them. They’re pancakes in the American sense of the word – small, thick and fluffy.. Seymour’s introduction to the recipe always makes me smile, because he sounds like such a nice chap. He says:
These really are mouth watering, and if you, or your lady, can make them when your kids have their friends round, so much the better.
Seymour was a hugely influential figure in the self-sufficiency movement who passed away in 2004. You can read more about his fascinating life on his family’s website.
Anyway – to the recipe. Seymour’s version specifies using all rye flour, but I use half plain wholemeal because of my fussy fussy children who don’t like pancakes ‘with bits’… They’re equally delicious (to bit-eaters!) either way.
- 100g rye flour (or 50g rye and 50g plain wholemeal flour – I’ve also used 85g or rye plus 15g of protein powder)
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- 150ml milk (non-dairy is fine)
- Grease (lard, ghee or coconut oil are my favourite choices for this) a griddle or large frying pan and put it on a gentle flame to pre-heat.
- Separate the eggs, putting the whites in bowl suitable for whisking, and the yolks in a smaller mixing bowl.
- Add the flour, salt and milk to the yolks in the bowl and mix together thoroughly – I use a fork – until you have a smooth batter.
- Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold one tablespoon of the egg whites very gently into the main mixture. When this has loosened it a little, very gently fold and stir in the rest of the egg white.
- Add a large tablespoon of the mixture to the griddle pan (the pancake will be about 4 inches across). Cook for about a minute, then turn and cook the other side for about a minute. Then make some more!
- Eat as you go, or keep them warm in a cotton tea-towel or foil parcel until all the mixure is finished,& serve with jam, honey, maple syrup, sliced banana, whatever you like, really.
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