Belgium Pancakes – Mrs Wilson’s Cook Book 1920
I have a huge collection of pancake recipes. Some of them handed down in my family. But I wonder if this might be the oldest pancake recipe I have collected so far…
I discovered it on vintagerecipes.com and it is credited to Mrs Wilson’s Cook Book 1920.
I know, correctly, they should be “Belgian” Pancakes, but the original recipe calls them “Belgium” Pancakes and who am I to argue?
Ask Allan! 🙂
When I made the batter I left it for no more than two minutes to get my camera (essential kitchen equipment, don’t you know!) and when I came back I literally gasped.
The Grimm Brothers’ Tale of “The Magic Porridge Pot” came to mind. The bowl that I had left half full was now almost overflowing!
I knew that these would be very fluffy, light pancakes.
The cooking instructions were vague, “bake in the usual manner.”, so I decided to give them a couple of minutes per side and then kept them warm in the oven until they were all cooked.
I got eight pancakes from the mix. You could easily get ten if you made them slightly smaller. Three was a very large portion.
I did make one change… I used melted butter instead of the shortening called for. What can I say? I prefer butter.
Though, instead of topping them with syrup and butter I decided to top the pancakes with apple sauce and saute the wisening apple in the fridge, (I can make things sound so appetising, can’t I?).
(Mrs Wilson’s Cook Book 1920 – vintagerecipes.net)
• 2 cupfuls of unsweetened thin applesauce
• 1 well-beaten egg
• 3 tablespoonfuls syrup
• 2 1/2 cupfuls flour
• 3 teaspoonfuls baking powder
• 1 tablespoonful shortening
• 1/2 teaspoonful cinnamon
Beat to mix and then bake in the usual manner.
Serve with butter and syrup.