I would love the recipe for IHOP's buckwheat pancakes. I have tried to reproduce their sweet batter with no luck. Does anyone have the recipe?
Mary Milian, Spring Hill
E. Novicka of Sun City Center shares a buckwheat pancake recipe for Mary to try. Although these are not IHOP's pancakes, they are pretty good. I had a couple of challenges with this recipe, though. The first was finding the buckwheat flour. I went to Publix and Sweetbay with no luck. Fresh Market did not carry it either. A friend suggested Nature's Food Patch in Clearwater and Palm Harbor Natural Foods. Both carry the organic variety. I bought Bob's Red Mill brand, which is also available online.
A few notes about this recipe: The batter will be a bit dark because buckwheat flour is not white. The molasses also made the batter darker than it would normally be. It's optional.
This batter is on the thick side. As you pour it onto the griddle, go a little easy and keep the pancake on the thin side. I didn't do this on the first one and the edges didn't cook as well as the middle.
These also need to cook a bit longer than other pancakes. And those telltale bubbles that indicate it's time to flip them? This batter didn't give that sign, so watch them closely so you don't burn them.
Susan Moriarty of Tampa would like Parkesdale Farm's strawberry cookie recipe. She hopes either they will share the recipe or someone has one that comes close.
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