I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but my favourite recipe source out of all of my many vintage cookbooks is my copy of 'The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues To Good Cooking' by Carolyn Keene.
It was originally published in 1973...my edition is from 1977. There are loads, LOADS I tell ya, of good, simple, old fashioned recipes in this bad boy. There are some I use more often than others and the' Tapping Heels Griddle Cakes' are one of those. I made them this morning...with my usual apple cinnamon variation...and they were fabulous if I do say so myself!
NANCY DREW'S 'TAPPING HEELS GRIDDLE CAKES ':
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1 Cup Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
**Dolly note #1....I find that the cakes are fluffier if I use self rising flour instead of all purpose. Just sub the same amount of flour, but you then need to leave off the baking powder and salt!
Beat the milk, butter and egg lightly in a large bowl.
Sift the other ingredients together and add them to the liquid mixture. Stir just enough to dampen the flour. If necessary, add more milk to make the batter as thick as heavy cream.
Lightly grease griddle or skillet. Heat. Sprinkle a few drops of water onto it. When the drops "dance" around, pan is hot enough. Spoon the batter onto the pan. When bubbles start to form on a cake, flip it over with a pancake turner.
Makes 8 Cakes.
**Dolly note #2....Add about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sub a tablespoon of applesauce for one of the tablespoons of butter and voila! Apple Cinnamon Pancakes!
CLUE TO EXTRA GOODNESS
Pour honey or maple syrup 1/2-inch deep into a skillet and let it simmer. As the cakes are baked, ease them into the skillet. Cook 15 seconds on each side. Serve with a tablespoon melted butter or margarine poured on top.
Try these sweeties tomorrow morning! You'll be glad you did!