Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Happy National Pan Cake Day
I don't know this for a fact but the weatherman said today is National Pan Cake Day. You know that started me to thinking of days in the past. Sometime when you marry into a family you learn they have traditions different from your own and you are kind of expected to follow suit. I soon learned Mel's family had this thing about what they called their family name and then pan cakes. You make a big stack each Sunday morning and have link sauage with them. The ingrediants are so few it is easy to remember how to make them. Flour, egg, salt, and milk. I think in slim days they even made them with water when they didn't have milk. You were expected to mix them in a large fruit can after peeling the label off and one edge was bent to make a spout. It lasted for years and was one of your important cooking utensils. Was I surprised many years later when I finally figured out the pan cakes I made or sometime Mel would make them were actually crepes. You've got to remember we were country people and not up on all of the ways of the world. I'm proud to say I was the only daughter-in-law that mastered that type pancake (crepe). You had to have a very hot grill and when we were ready to flip them you used a table knife to loosen the edges and then hold your mouth just right as you ran the knife under the pan cake and flipped it over. Then you put butter under each one as you stacked them. Each person hooked their fork into the edge of a pan cake on their turn and rolled the pan cake into a roll and added syrup. I confess I haven't made these since Mel died over twenty years ago but I think my daughter Leah still makes them sometime.