Flannel Cakes

"This is the world's best pancake recipe. It comes from the "American Woman's Cookbook", circa 1938, revised 1970. I learned to make these because my mother's pancakes sank like lead in your stomach. These float like air! I like to serve these with jam instead of syrup."
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  • In a small bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg YOLKS only.
  • Add milk and oil to egg yolks and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Stir dry ingredients into the egg yolk and milk mixture.
  • Fold egg whites into batter.
  • Be sure to FOLD and not STIR so that the egg whites retain as much air as possible.
  • Measure out by the 1/4 cupful onto a griddle or skillet over medium high heat.
  • When bubbles just start to"pop" in the batter and edges are set, flip over.
  • Pancake will puff up and rise as it cooks.
  • Cook until just golden brown.
  • If you are going to hold the pancakes in the oven until you serve them, undercook the first ones so that they continue to cook in the oven.

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  1. Really delicious!!! I tried them out today for breakfast for a change from my old pancake recipe,(really heavy)and WOW!! were they a hit!! allof my family loved them. I'll keep to this recipe from now on. Thanks!!!
  2. I think you should rename these Cloud Cakes because they're as light and fluffy as. Delicious! Never did use the 1 T oil in the ingredients list. Recipe doesn't say when it's used. I assumed it was for oiling the skillet, but I used cooking spray. Great pancakes.


I live in Florida with my mother and my daughter. I stay at home, so I have time to really get into cooking. I grew up cooking for my mom and my brother, and they both say I am one of the better home cooks they've met! But since my mom's idea of cooking is opening soup cans and my brother lives in NYC and eats out a lot, that may not be saying much! I am one of those people who reads cookbooks just for fun, even when I am not looking for a recipe. My favorite cookbook is "The American Woman's Cookbook" from 1930-something. My grandmother had a copy of it, and my mom found a copy for herself years ago (updated for the 1960's) and she gave me that copy when I moved out on my own. I like it more than "modern" cookbooks because it has actual recipes in it; not just heat and eat steps! When your recipe requires you to use your can opener and packet opening scissors more than your knife and spice cabinet, something is wrong! Right now, I am trying to learn to cook the cuisines of Asia, mostly India and Vietnam. I am also trying to learn to bake bread. My mom may not be able to cook without Campbell's soup, but she can bake homemade bread like no one else!
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