Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes

If you must avoid gluten or wheat products please give this easy pancake recipe a try. I’ve made these since I was a child. They hold together, taste good, and are no fuss. Top with rhubarb sauce, pumpkin butter or maple syrup.

Raised Buckwheat Pancakes

2 cups 110 degree milk

1 teaspoon dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups buckwheat flour

1 tablespoon molasses

1/2 teasoon baking soda

1/4 cup lukewarm water

Stir yeast into warm milk, add salt and buckwheat flour, beating until smooth. Leave covered on a counter and let rise overnight. When ready to use, stir in mixture of molasses, soda and water. Bake on a lightly oiled or sprayed hot pan or griddle.

Is This Really “Organic”?

Today, I read that “organic” made it onto a list of over used words. This product called “The Batter Blaster” bills itself as organic, certified by the USDA. Packaged in an aerosol can that serves eight, this seems like the over packaging that is exactly opposite to the resource conserving spirit of the organic movement.batterblaster We are concerned about environmentally sound, production, distribution and packaging. It’s New Year’s Eve and as I think through the ways that I can be a greener gardener and cook, the new word “locavore” comes to mind. In our area several church groups adopted the hundred mile diet for a month. The grocery stores that offer local produce all year are favored by many shoppers. For me it means growing what we can, buying at the Farmers Market, and looking at the labels of what I purchase. I don’t expect to find everything locally grown, but when I do find it I can support it with my dollars. Making an effort is a good first step, growing more of our own fresh food has rich rewards.

Making pancakes was an early cooking activity for our children. They stirred the batter and learned the perfect consistency. It was fun to watch the bubbles form and a perfect flip was so satisfying. I enjoyed seeing their competency and confidence in the kitchen and they still make pancakes. A pressurized can may possibly be too cute and enticing for a young child and is it really cooking?