Spelt Flax Hotcakes

Spelt Flax Hotcakes

Serves 2-3 (or less if my Dad is around)

My dad made breakfast in our family.  Everyday he’d be making the ‘breakfast of the day’, which followed a schedule for my entire younger life. The schedule was as follows;

Monday – eggs (usually poached)
Tuesday-cold cereal or porridge depending on the season
Wednesday-eggs (often fried)
Thursday-cold cereal or porridge depending on the season
Friday-French toast
Saturday-eggs (always scrambled)
SUNDAY-PANCAKES OR WAFFLES!!!  Needless to say, Sunday was always our favourite day, especially dad`s.  I don’t know how many times he doubled the recipes he made, but there always seemed to be enough for him to have 10 more when everyone else was done; with a huge smile on his face.  So pancakes, as long as they’re good pancakes, always remind me of Sundays at our house. 

1 egg
1 ½ cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding about ½ tsp of vinegar to the milk.  I’ve done this with regular, almond, and soy milk with good results in all cases.)
1 tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup spelt flour (the recipe actually calls for ½ cups each of whole wheat and unbleached flour, so you can do that if it`s easier)
4 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

  1. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter.  In another bowl, add flour(s), and the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and gently stir them together, taking care not to over mix.  Let the batter rest for a few minutes while your griddle heats up to 350 degrees. The batter is quite runny, but don’t worry, it will firm up when cooked.
  2. Lightly grease the griddle with butter or veggie oil.  Using a ladle, or 1/3 cup measuring cup, drop batter into 4” circles. When bubbles begin to appear on the uncooked surface and the edges begin to dry out, flip the cakes over and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favourite toppings. 

This recipe was adapted from the cookbook `The Rebar Modern Food Cookbook`


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