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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 | 1 comment

Battle of the Pancakes: Store-Bought vs. Homemade

Battle of the Pancakes: Store-Bought vs. Homemade

Pancakes are a Sunday morning ritual in our home. Fortunately for me, my husband is the designated pancake flipper. My son Jack prefers daddy’s pancakes because they are bigger and he usually gets one in the shape of the letter J. Apparently this makes them taste better.

And speaking of taste, we’ve been using a store-bought mix for years. I recently heard great things about Bruce Paltrow’s (Gwyneth Paltrow’s father) buttermilk pancake recipe so with my husband out of town last weekend, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe.

We made Bruce Paltrow’s mix Saturday night per the instructions on the recipe. Fortunately, the only ingredient I needed to buy was the buttermilk.

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On Sunday morning, I decided to do a taste test to see which pancake mix the kids actually liked better — our standard store-bought mix (Hungry Jack) or the homemade recipe. I invited my friend Mary and her kids over for the tasting.

First, I made a quick batch of Hungry Jack.

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And on the griddle they went.

pancakes on the griddle

Nothing fancy here, just some plain old boring pancakes.

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Then, I whipped up the Bruce Paltrow pancakes, some with a sprinkling of blueberries. Looking better, right?

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Doused with Trader Joe’s maple syrup, the kids gobbled them all up.

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And the verdict? Pancake aficionados across the world will cringe in utter horror, but the kids preferred good ol’ Hungry Jack. Mary’s son Wish said the first batch (Hungry Jack) was “way better” than the second. Mary said the Bruce Paltrow pancakes reminded her of the pancakes her grandmother would make and they were sweet enough you didn’t need much maple syrup. I’ll take that as a vote for the homemade mix.

Perhaps the taste of the buttermilk was too much for their young palates. Perhaps this is a case of pancake overload. I’m not convinced we have a winner yet.

I’m going for a rematch next weekend. I have faith that this homemade pancake recipe will soon become a family favorite.

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