August 13, 2009

What is your comfort food?

My comfort food is pancakes. More specifically Bisquick pancakes when I have a bad headache. Nothing else will suffice. I have tried to eat a regular dinner when I have one of those horrible headaches but all that did was create more nausea. Krusteez will not suffice it is icky. Hungry Jack is mediocre but acceptable in a pinch.

Along with the mix pancakes I also tried many different homemade pancakes and homemade mixes yet they all fell short. . .so very short. Then one day I found the recipe below and birds sang, rainbows filled the sky, and my heart was full of joy. Never will I purchase Bisquick again. Sorry Bisquick. We had a long, happy, devoted life together but you have been replaced by another.

Another recipe that will be included below is the homemade syrup that now accompanies these pancakes. Again, I tried many homemade recipes but this time it was PE who never liked any of them. One had cinnamon which he found icky, another was too sweet, and yet another was too similar to what he grew up with--disliking every very runny syrup covered pancake during his growing years. So when the recipe below crossed my path I first noticed that it could be stored in the cupboard--AWESOME. (I don't like the extra step of heating the syrup from the fridge.) So I had my fingers crossed that he would like THIS syrup because it would make my life easier. After two run ins with the new syrup it was declared a winner. (The second tasting was mandatory as his opinion wasn't worth much the first time since he had worked a 14+ hour day.)

Side Note - I enjoy more than anything when PE enjoys what I have cooked/baked. If the kids don't like it, I pay it no mind and

Copycat Bisquick Mix

from Cents to Get Debt Free
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1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp shortening

Mix all of your dry ingredients together until fully incorporated. Add the shortening and using a fork cut in until crumbly. Equivalent to 1 cup of Bisquick.

For bulk purposes (so you don't have to do the math):
8 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening

Store in airtight container. (I store mine in the cupboard; however, it can be stored in the refrigerator as well.)

Truth be told, it comes together so quickly I rarely make it in bulk--I just make a cup or two as needed.


2 cups "Bisquick"
1 cup milk
2 eggs


2 cups "Bisquick"
1 1/3 cups milk
1 egg
2 Tbsp vegetable/canola oil

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Homemade Pancake Syrup
from Tasty Kitchen
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1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple flavoring

In a saucepan, combine the sugars, water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla. Cool slightly before serving. Serve over pancakes, waffles or French toast. This recipe makes about 3 cups and can be stored in a bottle in the cupboard just like store-bought syrup.

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