Sour Milk Pancakes, The Dormeyer Way

Posted on Apr 1 2009 - 4:26am by RetroRuth

Dormeyer CookbookThis recipe, while being different than the norm for us, wasn’t one that I chose for its ease or “Ew” factor.  I chose this week’s recipe because I accidentally bought too many gallons of milk last week.  On Saturday morning, Hubs poured himself a big glass of milk, took a gulp, and make a horrible face.

“Sniff this,” he said, “Does this smell bad to you?”

Now, I haven’t learned all of life’s lessons yet. Far from it. But I would have to say that in my experience, when someone tells you to sniff something as asks if it’s bad, it usually means it is. No sniffing required.

“Yes,” I said without sniffing the milk. “It is.”

“But I just broke the seal on this milk!  It is a brand new gallon!”

I inspected the gallon. “Well, here you go. The sell by date is today. We didn’t drink it fast enough. Stupid milk coupons.”dormeyer002

So we have a whole gallon of slightly sour milk to use up in a few days.  Luckily, I was going through my cookbooks looking for ideas, and I found a recipe for pancakes that use sour milk.

Oh sure, I didn’t have the piece of equipment that goes with these recipes.  But look at this face! This guy certainly can’t steer me wrong. And it is a “Treasure Book”, right? Everything will turn out just fine.

Pancake RecipeThe recipe itself, with a red mark made by my grandmother indicating it was a good one. Score!

flowers-and-auction-040The ingredients, prepped and ready to go.

Ok, first problem. I didn’t see this until later, but I added THREE eggs when the recipe only called for TWO. Ah well, I guess that’s what happens when you cook early in the morning…

The second problem was that I was trying to cook from a book where the mixer’s speeds didn’t mesh with my own.

“It says ‘Mix at 7’. Do you think 7 is slow or fast?”

Shrugging shoulders. “Dunno. Let’s go with fast!”flowers-and-auction-043

The suspiciously foamy batter, waiting to go in the pan.

“Is it supposed to be so bubbly?”

“I’m not sure.”  Sniffing. “Sniff this, does it smell funny to you?”

“Oh, shut up and hand me that ladle.”

flowers-and-auction-044Cooking in the pan. This time, the bubbles are from the heat. flowers-and-auction-048

The finished pancakes, waiting to be eaten.  Hubs liked them, but said they were a little plain.  I thought they were pretty good, but too eggy.  Probably because I used too many eggs.

The verdict: Good.  I will try the recipe again, correctly next time, when I find myself with more expired milk.

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  1. Ann Kroeker April 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hey, you are a resourceful Mid-Century woman! Way to make the most of the milk. I’m impressed!

  2. sablemable April 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Bobby (my hubby) makes great sour milk pancakes. The recipe looks similar to what he makes. That stack of cakes you show makes me want to pour a ton of melted butter (yes, butter!) over them, drown them in maple syrup (Log Cabin will do just fine, thank you!), and gobble them up!

    I would think the extra egg would give them more flavor. Another trick Bobby uses is add a tablespoon or two of buckwheat flour to the batter.

    Speaking of old recipes, I have some Pillsbury Bake-Off books from the early Fifties that Momma had and passed down to me. I’ve also collected some other vintage cook booklets (Del Monte, Hunts Tomato Sauce, Sunkist, Jell-O, etc.) over the years and the recipes are still yummy. I have a set of Sealtest Dairy recipe booklets dating back from the late Thirties up to 1945.

    It’s 8 p.m. right now-do you think it’s too late for pancakes? Noooooooooooo!!!!!!

  3. RetroRuth April 8, 2009 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Ha ha! It is never too late for pancakes, sablemable! Get Bobby to whip you up a batch. 🙂 I envy your recipe collection – I love vintage cookbooks and recipes and can’t get enough. The best are the index cards I have with my grandmother’s handwritten recipes on them. Love them!

  4. Sue April 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this terrific recipe. I used sour raw milk (which is similar to buttermilk or runny yogurt) and 2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour ( instead of the 2.25 cups of all purpose flour. I also added a tsp of vanilla extract. The family polished them off in no time. Your grandmother was right. This one is a keeper. 🙂

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