Experiment: Date four grains pancakes

As soon as I returned from my trip to the US and Canada, I wanted to use the typically Canadian souvenir that I lugged everywhere with me…

The maple syrup

I still have a lot of whole grains and alternative flours stored in my fridge so I wanted to use them before they go bad. The only thing I can think of that was quick and used both flour and maple syrup is to make pancakes! 

I also found a bowl of dates in the kitchen so I decided I should experiment with date pancakes and chose the four grains flour to complement the flavor. I used a basic pancake recipe to work with and substituted the flour, the sugar and of course added dates.

You will need this:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 5 tablepoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups four grains flour (which you can buy fresh from AlRaha Stone Mill)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon mascobado/muscovado sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 dates, chopped
In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs with the milk and butter.
In a another larg bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. If some bits did not go through the sifter, add them to the bowl. Add the egg mixture and whisk until just combined. Mix in the chopped dates.
If you like your pancakes thinner, add more milk until you get your preferred consistency.
Heat a nonstick pan with butter. Using a soup ladle, spoon the batter in the pan. Remember that the first pancake is a test, so it will almost be inedible.
When bubbles start to appear, it is time for you to flip the pancake. See example below:
Flip pancake and cook for 1.5 – 2 minutes.
Melt a small piece of butter after each pancake.
Enjoy with your  favorite maple syrup. You don’t need fruits or any other condiments! The dates become crispy and sweet.
For you all non-employed, make this tomorrow! For the employed people, make this your Friday breakfast! Or Saturday.

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