Much as I hate admitting it, these are better than my sourdough pancakes.

Ed's notes on this recipe:

From: Gravity Girl <gravity@PEAK.ORG>
Subject: Fly Off the Plate Pancakes
Message-ID: <199508062138.OAA28847@PEAK.ORG>
Date: 7 Aug 1995 12:27:16 -0500
Organization: University of Minnesota

This is my variation on the recipe that originally had this name -- I got
the original from someone I don't even know, and it is not the same as
what appears here, which is my version.  But the name Fly Off the Plate
Pancakes is so great, it had to stay. 

The fun of these pancakes is to make them different every time.  And they
are just about as easy as making them with a mix. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: *They come out small and thick, about 4" diameter, so
allow for a lower flame to get the inside cooked without torching the

*If you're pretty hungry, this recipe only serves 2 persons 
(meaning 3-4 small pancakes each).

Fly Off The Plate Pancakes

     1 cup  flour
    1 Tbsp  wheat germ
   1/4 tsp  salt
    1 Tbsp  sugar
    1 Tbsp  baking powder
         1  egg
   1/2 cup  milk
     1 tsp  vanilla extract
    2 Tbsp  yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp  melted butter
Choose a couple optional ingredients:

Here's how:

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. Beat eggs, milk & yogurt in another bowl.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, beating with a whisk.
  4. Add the optional items, carefully mixing.
  5. Cook on a griddle or frying pan, as with any pancakes.* see important cooking note at top of recipe.

Makes 7 or 8 small pancakes. Serves 2 very hungry persons, or up to 4 reasonable persons who are also having other food with them.

The most recent extraordinarily delicious combination we had was: a little extra vanilla, a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a chopped pear. The flavor of the pear was intensified by the cooking and blended perfectly with the subtle chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmm!

Apples, cinnamon & nutmeg are the classic mix. I also plan on doing some blackberry picking in my backyard (this is my first summer in Oregon). I'm sure we'll have to try these with the blackberries.

For an especially decadent day, chocolate chips pancakes are really great with whipped cream on top, though I have not tried them with this particular recipe.

Please let me know of any other great combos you discover.

Ed Santiago