Dienstag, 1. Mai 2012

American style pancakes

Today is a holiday, 1rst of May/Labour day. For our breakfast,  late in the morning, I made some pancakes and bacon stripes:
1 pancake with bacon, butter and sirupe
 Usually on first of May we try to be away on a little journey because right at the other side of our street / our house, in the middle of our small village, there happens to be a big party all day long: dance into the May. First it begins with a prayer and some preacher talking, than the mayor will have a word or two or more, afterwards the local hunters music group will play some classical songs on their hunting horns and cornets (they are good, beautiful tunes) and afterwards the local cheer leading dancers will swing their legs and the youth brass band will play some horrible tunes. They are no good. Sure this is a very small village and we don't have enough boys and girls who are skilled concerning drums and pipes and trumpets. They are only a  few and they try to do their best but sometimes I think making much noise is not enough.
All day long there will be music played by a so called disc jockey which has a very local/rural taste in music. And the more the passerbys and visitors, party folk, get drunk the lowder he will play and sing stupid songs (OMG). And they always get seriously drunk. The local fire brigade will sell lots of beer and serve BBQ. The church ladies will sell some cakes and coffee too but this is for the older female folk only. 
All in all it will get more and more louder and annoying - not the older ladies but the young guys and girls at the beer stable together with this local jokel playing disco music. That is the reason we always try to escape.
But today I cannot walk that much because of a little accident two days ago. Soon I will need some earplugs. But first I will have some pancakes:

They are thick, flufy and very stuffing. No need to eat something until evening.
I like them to be wrapped around the crunchy bacon with lots of maple sirupe

For the batter:
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 125 g yoghurt
  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 g flour
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • dark honey or maple sirupe
  • butter
  • 125 g bacon (cured pork belly) cut into thick stripes
  • a little oil

Whisk yoghurt, milk and eggs, salt, sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter together. Add the flour mixed with baking powder and soda and whisk in lightly, don’t overbeat.
Heat a pan with a little oil, start to fry the bacon for one minute until it starts to release fat, push the bacon around and at least shove it to the side of the pan to make room for the pancakes. Ladle batter in the middle of the pan (1 smaller ladle=1 pancake).  Fry pancake over medium heat until bubbles forms and bubble holes appear at the surface of the batter. Flip the pancake and fry for a few minutes more until well browned and golden. Set pancake on a plate and keep warm. Swish the pan with the bacon stripes and push them aside again, they will release some fat on their way for the next pancake, add the next ladle of batter.
If everything went well you will have 8 pancakes and very crunchy bacon stripes.
Serve pancakes with a little butter and sirupe or honey and crunchy bacon.


Hiroyuki hat gesagt…

Such a big party on Labor Day?
In Japan, it's more like a gathering (or should I say festival) than a party. Besides, Labor Day is NOT a holiday in Japan.

I didn't know there were such things as "American style" pancakes. Maybe German style pancakes are quite different.

>1 smaller ladle=1 pancake

My wife complains that my pancakes are big! I usually put more batter (2 ladlefuls) to fill the 18-cm dia. frying pan.

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Party/festival on first of May: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night
That is the reason why there is lots of music (and drinking) wether it is the night before or at the first day of May depends on the locals (not so much labour day related). And yes we had a Maypole too (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maypole) too. Dancing was finished at 6 in the evening. The drunkyards sang soccer club cheering songs before they went home...

German pancakes: bigger, big as a pan, and not as thick and fluffy - no rising agents in need but more eggs. In the middle between french crepe and american pancake I would say. American pancakes are very small.

Sissi hat gesagt…

I thought Switzerland was the only country where 1st of May wasn't a holiday! Now I see we have something in common with Japan!
Your village festivites sound hilarious but from a distance ;-) I understand why you want to escape. Probably one experience is enough. The pancakes look delicious. I must say I have never tasted American pancakes though.
I hope you will feel better soon. Have a lovely weekend.

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Sissi: The music was worse then aspected. I don't think he (local jokel disc DJ) will get a contract next year too. I am happy our wooden fence survived unharmed. During the last years drunkyards bumped into it on their way home quite often so we always had to fix it the next day. The fence is kind of old and weak. No surprise if someone falls into my garden (laugh). This is something you will not have to deal with while living in a big city. But it is kind of funny too.
First I learned about american pancakes from my husbands family. His sister and his aunt are living in US. I like this kind of pancakes very much. I took yohgurt as substitute for buttermilk.