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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Pap’s Pancakes

My life in appalachia - Pap's Pancakes
Nothing is finer on a Saturday morning than a stack of Pap’s pancakes with a side of bacon and real maple syrup from way up north in MI. I’m not sure how he does it-but Pap is without a doubt the King of pancake makers around our place.

Chitter summed it up pretty good when she said she didn’t even like pancakes-but she’d walk through the rain and cold for one of Pap’s. Paul teased her by asking “Well if you don’t like pancakes then do you like flapjacks or hotcakes?”

Drop back by tomorrow to see how Granny makes her fancy pumpkin bread-well its not really fancy-but she does bake it in coffee cans.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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  • Reply
    susie swanson
    November 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Tipper tell your Pap we want that My grands love pancakes too..

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    Janet Smart
    November 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    my son loves pancakes, he likes blueberries on them. I like adding chopped apples and cinnamon on mine.

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    November 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    We, in Michigan, really appreciate the plug for our maple syrup! Lord knows we need people to buy maple syrup, cherries, apples, and American automobiles. State could sure use the lift.

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Looks delicious! Pap will have to give up his secret recipe.

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I love pancakes. My favorite are sour dough pancakes.

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    November 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I like pancakes, but can’t take the sugar that early in the morning. Maybe for supper?

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    Karen Kephart Twiss
    November 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Tipper–you are making me hungry for pancakes and bacon. Sounds good.

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    Glenda Beall
    November 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    UMMM! Pancakes are so good when cooker right. I love them with syrup. I grew up eating cane syrup on mine. It was made right there on the farm or on a neighbor’s farm.
    My friend, Elizabeth, who is from Vermont gave me a pint of real good maple syrup made from trees on her mother’s farm. Couldn’t get any better maple syrup, I think. Barry really enjoyed that syrup. Think I’ll go make me some pancakes for supper.

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Should certainly “set you up for the day”

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    November 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Those look so good! I like to cook them on my big, round cast iron griddle. I love honey on mine!

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    November 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Those pancakes look perfect! If all our kids had natural teachers
    like Granny and Pap, they’d grow
    up to appreciate life better.
    Once in awhile I take a craving for pancakes with syrup, but my
    system won’t take the Maple thing.
    I have to have the Sugar Cane type
    but the bacon is what sets it off
    for me anyway…Ken

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    November 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Almost forgot, this is something I’ve always done with my last pancake and piece of bacon (after the sweetness of the maple syrup becomes too much for me): peel apart the pancake so there is the top half and bottom half, break the piece of bacon in two, then roll up each piece of bacon in a pancake half and eat with your fingers –like a crepe, no syrup…try it sometime!

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    November 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Well-now that sounds like a real good breakfast! So far this morning I’ve had one egg, a spoon full of chocolate ice cream and now I’m having left over teriyaki.

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    November 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Pancakes for breakfast this morning! I’m eager to see Granny’s pumpkin bread recipe. I roasted, pureed and froze some pumpkin last week.

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    Will Dixon
    November 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I love to make Sourdough pancakes.
    Set the starter the night before and whip them up the next morning, Gotta have dark pure Maple syrup on them. Ever tried Birch syrup? We used that once in awhile when we lived in Alaska.

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    Darlene LaRoche
    November 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

    nothing like made from scratch pancakes…growing up mom and dad both did the cooking, and would also make the syrup from water and sugar,brought to a boil on the stove,we very seldom had store bought products growing up…everything made from scratch and it was better for us anyways…have so many fond memories of childhood..

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    November 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    They look good…just the way I like them — dark brown with real maple syrup! Does he use buttermilk or regular milk?

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    November 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Kay-well mine is just out of a cookbook. Pap makes his up as he goes-that’s proabably why his is so good : ) I’ll see if I can get his recipe.
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    November 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    i love pancakes,flapjacks or hotcakes LOL on the teasing. daddy used to make what he called hoe cake. i still make it once in a while myself. nothing but flour, egg and milk and crisco, of course now i used olive oil. mix and make a thick big as the fry pan cake on top of the stove. hard to flip it though. slather on the butter. yummm he said during the depression that is what they ate and took to school for lunch.

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    Sandy Wilson
    November 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I sweeten & thicken frozen strawberries to top pancakes when my youngest son and his daughters come to visit. Just add a large helping of whipped topping and a side of bacon and/or sausage. YUMMY. I think they come to visit just for the pancakes alone.

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    November 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I made pancakes for years for the kids and I would make them for the 12 kids I had in my home daily. I had a daycare 😉 and I would make tiny pancakes that they went nuts for.
    Sure would like to drop by (if I were closer) to try them, they look tasty. Ok, now I’m hungry and I have fancy pumpkin bread to look forward too tomorrow. I better eat first :O

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    Canned Quilter
    November 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oh my but those do look good!

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    November 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Gosh! I just love pancakes; sometimes I just get the urge to have them. I try to eat healthier so I will order the wheat ones if they are available, but there is nothing better than the real old-fashioned ones. You are so lucky! Enjoy!

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    kay dallas
    November 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    and what is you’ll-(s) recipe for pancakes?

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    Miss Cindy
    November 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Now that looks like a fine breakfast or lunch or supper. LOL
    I like good pancakes, my pancakes, not so much.

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    Kimberly Burnette
    November 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

    My family would always take real butter and mash/stir it up real good with some syrup and then spread that on the pancakes. I always preferred to eat mine plain when I was growing up…picky eater!
    There is nothing quite like a GOOD pancake!! I am looking forward to the pumpkin bread recipe.

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    November 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Perfect pancakes but you got to get your maple syrup from CANADA!!! It is the best!
    Cheers, Eva Nell

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    Wanda in NoAla
    November 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

    My granddaughters, 12 and 15, always have pancakes made by their Poppy when they spend the night with us. They are soooooo good!

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    November 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Guess what I am cooking for breakfast? My Mom’s family never ate syrup on pancakes, so I still do not. Lots of butter with egg on top. Times were so hard that I have noticed many extras skipped in what they became accustomed to eating. Pancakes are always the first thing I want when I am not feeling well.

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    B. Ruth
    November 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

    We love pancakes here as well….
    Our Grandchildren are sometimes picky eaters but they love them some pancakes…
    Seems like a hoecake would be just a big pancake to me. Everyone has a different way to
    make them and idea of what one is called…The one my friend called a hoecake was baked in an iron skillet like a big old cake of sweet bread…(like Paps!)
    I’ll be there for pancakes in my thoughts..yummmm, maybe some apple butter on the side and homemade mountain blueberry syrup!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Those ‘cakes’ look yummy! Looking forward to the pumpkin bread recipe.

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    Karen Larsen
    November 6, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Oh you’re killing me with that picture of the pancakes! I want some right now!!!

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    November 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Sounds like a fine meal to me whether it’s at breakfast or supper. Would love to be able to buy some real maple syrup.Bought some from a man once that had got it from Vermont and it was so good.

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    November 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

    My kids LOVE pancakes for Saturday morning breakfasts! I’m always looking for good recipes!

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