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Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles

Grandma's Homemade Pancakes

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Did your Grandma cook for you?  My Grandma Shirley was a fabulous cook!  She didn’t measure; it was all by taste and touch, which was quite frustrating to the rest of us who wanted to cook as well as she did. One recipe though that was actually written down was her delicious pancake/waffle recipe.     These little delights are so buttery and a tad bit sweet that most people do not even put butter on them, they just eat them straight.    
When my sons were in Boy Scouts, every camp out, without fail, they were assigned the pancake batter for the breakfast in the morning. When it came time for the camp out and I would drop off my boy (any of my 3 sons) for the camp, the boys and leaders would call out, ‘do you have the pancake batter’? I wondered if they would take my son(s) if I didn’t bring the batter?!    
Not long ago I talked to a woman whose son was in scouts with one of my boys over 15 years ago, and she said her son had recently mentioned ‘the awesome pancake batter’.    
So here you go with a long time family favorite.

Grandma Shirley’s Pancake/Waffle Recipe

1   1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar (granulated)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted real butter (1/2 stick)
1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs, separated into yolks and whites


Start with three (3) bowls.Grandma's PancakesIn a small bowl: Separate the 2 egg whites from the yolks, putting the whites in the small bowl and the yolks in the medium bowl (not shown), to later mix with the liquid ingredients .Grandma's Pancakes/WafflesWith a hand mixer, beat the 2 egg whites Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles

Until they are stiff peaks; but not too dry.  Tapping off excess.Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles

In a medium bowl: Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. 

Using the same hand mixer, don’t worry that it has a bit of egg white, mix up these 4 ingredients in this separate bowl.Grandma's Pancakes/WafflesIn another medium bowl:Grandma's Pancakes/WafflesStill using the same hand mixer, now with a bit of egg white and flour mixture on the beaters, combine the milk, melted butter or margarine, vanilla and egg yolks until well mixed.

Your batter may be lumpy like this or smooth, it all depends on the temperature of the melted butter when you add in the milk. 

EITHER way, it works out just fine!Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles

Now, pour the mixed liquid ingredients into the bowl with the combined dry ingredients and mix well with the same hand mixer.Grandma's Pancakes/WafflesTake the hand mixer out, tap off any excess batter.  

With a rubber spatula, NOT the mixer, carefully fold in the egg whites just until combined.Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles Grandma's Pancakes/Waffles

Cook as desired.

Grandma's Pancakes

Serve with syrup, powdered sugar or alone is how my kids usually ate them:)Grandma's PancakesCarrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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  1. Rachael says:

    YUMMY!! WE will have to try these next time!! A lot of steps, but I bet it has become second nature to you over the years!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Carrie says:

      They really are worth the effort and it does become second nature. Let us know when you try them and thanks for stopping by!

  2. This recipe looks amazing. We have a blog hop and would love to have you share your recipes. The link to the party is
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  3. Stopping by from “Super Saturday Show and Tell” @ Whats Cooking With Ruthie. =)
    I love your recipe – pancakes are one of my favorites! Im pinning to my Breakfast Board.

  4. Cathy says:

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Hope you will join us! Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  5. Meredith says:

    I made these for brunch the other day, sooo delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Those are tasty looking pancakes 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

  7. Krista Low says:

    I like to beat the egg whites when I make waffles it makes such a huge difference in the texture. I haven’t done it for pancakes though, I will have to give this a try! Love it 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  8. I am always in search of the illusive perfect pancake. The descriptive introduction of your Grandma’s pancake batter makes me think I made have found them. I am making these this morning! Thanks for sharing this family favorite.

  9. Heaven says:

    1/2 cup sugar?!? No wonder they are loved. My girls would think I was truly serving cake for breakfast. Is that butter syrup on top in your photo? Looks delish! Pinned.

  10. Pinning! and Sharing! We love pancakes and these look delicious! Thanks so much for the great recipie.

  11. Trish says:

    Woah, these looks so delicious. I am on this pancake kick right now…so I will be trying these. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Grace says:

    Pinning and trying. I love pancakes and I love working with this recipe. Thanks for sharing at wake up wednesday linky.

  13. Grandma’s pancakes look so yummy! My kids love pancakes, especially homemade. Thanks for sharing on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party!

  14. Suad says:

    Oh my! these look amazing, I am so trying them out 🙂 thanks Carrie for sharing.

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