My mom is the best cook in the world.
It doesn’t matter how great the dish is that I’ve made on any particular day, nothing can ever compete with Mom’s Home Cookin’.
Am I right?
This is just another testament to the way that food brings us all together. Bobby Flay can challenge my mom to a throwdown any day, but if I’m one of the judges, just a bite of anything my mom made is going to catapult her dish to the top, hands down. Tastes translate into memories for me, and my mom created a lot of great ones!
I’ll admit to being sentimental about these pancakes. I don’t recall exactly when she started making them, but like any great tradition, it started with one pancake and grew upon request after request, until one day these oatmeal pancakes were just a part of life when Nana came to town. Every one of her grandkids scramble for a seat at the table as soon as the first pancake hits a plate, and Nana doesn’t stop making them until we’ve all had a good six or so – each! I actually refused to make these for my girls for a long time, simply because this was a memory that belonged to my mom; it was that special something that she did for them. I’ve relented since then, only because they’re just so delicious that even I can’t wait that long until she visits!
I really hope you try these; they’re so delicious and light, with a different texture from regular pancakes. You won’t even notice the oatmeal (don’t worry, these don’t taste like “healthy” pancakes – they’re just good)!
nana’s oatmeal pancakes
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (don’t substitute, it won’t be the same!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Add wet to dry and mix well (batter will be thin). Let sit for at least fifteen minutes so the oatmeal softens.
Melt half a tablespoon of butter (or just spray with Pam) in a preheated skillet (preferably cast iron); add 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Grill until brown on one side, flip and grill until second side is brown. Serve with butter and syrup!