May 15, 2014

Buckwheat Sourdough Pancakes, 70's Cereal

On the Menu Today~
Buckwheat Sourdough Pancakes

I recently went to The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe located in Greenville WI.
While there, I bought some Buckwheat Flour.
I have never used Buckwheat Flour before so
I was anxious to make something using Light Buckwheat Flour.

The first thing that came to my mind was pancakes.
I'm not really sure why..
It might be because when I was growing up,
I had Buckwheat Pancakes for the first time at a friends house or
maybe it was because my favorite cereal was called "Buc Wheats"

Buc Wheats was a cereal made by General Mills in the '70's.
I'm not sure how much "Buckwheat Flour" or "Buckwheat"
was in Buc Wheats Cereal made "With a Snap of Maple Flavor" but
I sure loved that cereal and
was so sad to see it go...

Do You Remember Buc Wheats Cereal?
What was your favorite kind of cereal when you were growing up?
Was it: Clackers, Sugar Jets, Kaboom, Cookie Crisp, Waffelos, Quisp, Ice Cream Cone Cereal, Donutz Cereal, Sir Grapefellow, or Crispy Critters Cereal!  *Read more about Buckwheat below~

   Cereal over the Years

We decided to make Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes.
I have to admit, they were really delicious.
We liked the buckwheat and sourdough flavor combination that these pancakes had.
We served these yummy pancakes with sliced banana's, maple syrup and whipped cream.

Buckwheat Sourdough Pancakes

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • small amount of water (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together sourdough starter, buckwheat flour, and milk or buttermilk. Leave on counter top, covered, overnight until bubbly.
  2. To the batter add: baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon water, egg, pinch of salt and sugar. Stir together. Make pancakes asap after mixing in the baking soda mixture and other ingredients.
  3. Heat griddle until hot, lightly grease.
  4. Pour batter onto hot surface, cook until bubbles appear on the surface and edges of pancakes look dry, flip over and cook until lightly browned.
  5. Serve with sliced fruit of your choice, maple syrup and whipped cream, if desired.


*What is Buckwheat Flour?

Buckwheat Flour is flour ground from Fagopyrum esculentum, 
more commonly known as Buckwheat.
It has a rich, nutty flavor and a very high nutritional value,
making it popular everywhere, especially in Asia.
In addition, it's gluten free.
People with gluten intolerance seek it out as a flour alternative.

Although Buckwheat is treated as a grain,
Buckwheat is not a cereal or grass but actually a fruit,
closely related to wild rhubarb.
The grain-like fruit of Buckwheat is what is harvested and
eaten after the hard outer husk has been pulled away.
The plant thrives in poor growing conditions and matures quickly,
two things which make it a popular choice of crop around the world.
The name "Buckwheat" comes from a Dutch word that means "Beech Wheat"

According to how much of the dark hull is left in,
Buckwheat flour is either light or dark.
Light Buckwheat Flour,
sometimes called Fancy Buckwheat Flour,
is made from hulled Buckwheat,
Dark Buckwheat Flour, 
also called Supreme Buckwheat Flour,
is made from unhulled Buckwheat and
has dark speaks throughout the flour.
Dark Buckwheat Flour is higher in fiber.

In addition to making flour,
people crack it into grouts and
steam or boil them in puddings and porridge.
Buckwheat is planted as a cover crop for beekeeping,
since it produces a high volume of flavorful nectar.
Next time you see Buckwheat Flour in your area pick up a bag and give it a try.

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