Free pancakes! National Pancake Day
I prefer mine shaped like the letter “S.”
That’s the way my friend’s dad used to make pancakes for us when I slept over. An “S” for Shannon, a “B” for Bridget. It was one my fondest memories from college. Wait – it was probably elementary school. That’d make more sense.
Whether it’s shaped like a letter or poured over with real maple syrup and piled with fruit, pancakes are THE morning comfort food. And most folks have a favorite.
Those plate-shaped pillows of joy gave a reason to get up in the morning. They’re pancakes, for breakfast’s sake! Oatmeal doesn’t have that kind of power. And when’s the last time you eagerly peeled back the blankets in the morning with thoughts of Fiber One dancing in your head? I’ll tell you: Never!
So let us celebrate the pancake. Let us give it its due. Let us raise it high – and then eat it.
And at IHOP locations today, we can eat it for free.
The chain restaurant – with a location on Maine Mall Road in South Portland – is offering free pancakes today, in honor of National Pancake Day. From 7 am-10 pm today, IHOP is offering a free stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers. In return – once those pancake-eaters are contentedly stuffed – they’re hoping to gather donations for the Children’s Miracle Network.
It’s comfort food for good. For more info, check out www.ihoppancakeday.com
Of course, you can always flip some pancakes back at the homestead. And who better to emulate than Martha Stewart?
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Heat oven to 425 degrees.Place eggs, flour, milk, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; whisk until combined. Batter may still be slightly lumpy. The batter may be made a day ahead and chilled overnight.
For each pancake, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 4-inch crepe pan or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Using a ladle, pour one-third of the batter into the very hot pan; transfer pan or skillet immediately to the oven. Bake until pancake is golden brown and very puffy, about 10 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar; serve immediately.
Full recipe: Fluffy Maine Pancakes