We eat a lot of pancakes at home. These mini ones I made for this post are called lapper in Norwegian. My husband's Norwegian grandma used to make them for him when he was little. I love this type of childhood memory food. Honestly it's important for me when I cook for or with the kids that I make what my grandma or mom made when I was growing up. That's right! I'm not a traditional person in any way, but when it comes to food, I can be.
Lapper are normal-sized pancakes for my husband. They are no longer pancakes to him if I make them medium or big. It's just exaggerating. It took me a long time to realize that I was rather ignorant about the depth of making good pancakes. I finally decided it's time to put in real effort in making outstanding pancakes. When the kids, aka. extremely moody eaters, each ate 10 of these little lapper, I knew this would make a great post. Buttermilk is a must ingredient for these as most people would probably guess.
It is also that time of the year. Annual backyard blackberry picking month. Our blackberry bush started to produce quite a few juicy and delicious berries. I love these blackberry bushes. It gives the kids a positive task to help their mama with, keeps them full, healthy and BUSY. Although CK tends to eat them faster than I can pick them. She ate the first bowl full of berries like nothing.
By the way, I went out to grab some lunch with my friend Satoko this afternoon. I can count on her with anything related to good foods. We went to a restaurant called Boat Street Cafe in the Queen Anne /Belltown neighborhood in Seattle. As soon as I walked in, it totally reminded me of those little hidden and heavenly neighborhood joints in France. The food, atmosphere, people, everything was just perfect. Relaxing, modest, authentic, natural, and yet very sophisticated. You'll know and feel it's a special place. I highly recommend this restaurant. We usually hang out with the kids together and make lunch for each other, but today was just us girls. A nice quiet grown up lunch. What a treat! Moms need this.
Lapper (makes 15-20)
1 cup of butter milk
1/4 cup of whole milk greek yogurt
1 cup of self rising flour
2 medium eggs
1 tbsp of canola/veggie oil
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of baking power
1/4 tsp of baking soda
Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together. Mix buttermilk, yogurt and oil and add the mixture to the egg mixture. Mix flour, baking power and baking soda. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until it's smooth.
Put oil in a well heated pan on medium high heat. Scoop lapper mix with a table spoon and drop it in a frying pan. Flip lapper once they get bubbly and the outsides gets firm and dry (in 2 minutes or less). Wait for another minute or so and they should be ready. They are small, so less time to make them as well!
See this post.