Monday, June 27, 2011

Kenya cooking: Pancakes

One of our books for this month was Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya. It's a sweet story about a boy who invites his friends in the village to come to his home for a pancake dinner. His mother is upset because she is worried that they won't have enough food. But in the end (spoiler alert!), each of the friends brings something to share and they have more than enough. I was surprised how quickly The Whirl Girl picked up on the heart of the story. It was one of her favorite books of the month. So naturally she was excited to make some pancakes of our own - just like Mama Panya and her son Adika!

The book includes a recipe for pancakes. But the recipe is a simple one, using mostly flour and water, and I wasn't sure how they would turn out. So we reverted to a favorite pancake recipe of our own and called them Mama Panya's pancakes, and talked about the book as we cooked and ate.

The Whirl Girl mixes
cooking cakes
our own plate of Mama Panya's pancakes
and the best part... eating!

Our (not-quite-authentic) Mama Panya's Pancakes recipe
adapted from McCanns Oatmeal

1 1/4 cups of oatmeal
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk (low fat/skim)
1 tsp honey or sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, combine oats, yogurt, milk and honey. Stir in flours, baking soda, salt and spices. Add beaten eggs and mix well. Add walnuts. Batter will be thick.

Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle for each pancake. Cook until bottoms are browned and bubbles on top start to pop, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until other sides are browned, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

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