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Sep 23, 2007 11:08 PM

PLEASE! A decent pancake mix?? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Aunt Jemima Instant Buttermilk Mix is awful. Any suggestions? I think I have the cooking technique down. But the batter is lousy.

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    1. re: tobycat

      Ditto, and use the ultimate recipe where you add baking powder and a little sugar. Use buttermilk instead of the lemon and regular milk if you have it. Makes awesome fluffy pancakes. Always let the batter sit in fridge for abut 1/2 hour before use. Crisco on the griddle also makes the outer edges crispy. Sorry, ditto to the post below as well. :) Just made them for dinner last night.

    2. 1. Baker's Mills (Salt Lake City) has a killer mix - it's called Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix. Ingredient list easy to understand - whole wheat and oat flours, non-fat dry milk and honey, leavening, egg whites and salt. This stuff tastes great. Just add water. Nutty taste.

      2. Arrowhead Mills. Great stuff.

      3. Bob's Red MIll. Also.

      4. King Arthur Flour has super! mixes for scones. I haven't tried their pancake mix but if it's close to the scone mix, it's likely to be a winner.

      Everything should be available in national supermarkets, specialty stores (WF), or online.

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      1. re: jcr1

        I worked next to a newspaper food section, and the consensus there seemed to be
        Krusteaz. Haven't tried it myself.

        1. re: mpalmer6c

          Krusteaz's Mixes rock, but I don't know how far east their distribution ranges-

          1. re: bbqboy

            I think I bough a (huge) bag of Krusteaz's at Costco (in CT). Pretty good and easy to make.

            1. re: bbqboy

              We can get big bags of Krusteaz in the Morelia, Mexico Costco. I haven't tried it, because pancakes sound and smell SO good but are incredibly boring after a few bites. At least, IMO.

              1. re: Anonimo

                We get Krusteaz here in Ocean City, NJ. I have also gotten it at the kids house in Gilbert, AZ. The blueberry is excelent

              2. re: bbqboy

                We have them where I live in NY. Since I'm not a fan of Bisquik - no flavor, or Aunt Jemima, maybe I'll give it a try.

              3. re: mpalmer6c

                Krusteaz is definitely the best. One tip: substitute fruit juice -- any kind -- for water in the mix.

                1. re: mpalmer6c

                  Krusteaz is the best because it's fool proof. You can just add water and do it by sight according to your preference for how thick you like them. They always mix up light, without lumps, either way, and they cook perfectly. It's easy to screw up the other mixes and get verying results, but not with Krusteaz.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Krusyraz is like eating cookies- it's gotta be at least 2/3 sugar.

                    LOL- I just read your login name, sugartoof- and I rest my case!

                    They're tasty for sure, my sugar-addict in-laws swear by it, but I always feel more like I skipped a meal and just had dessert. Not that satisfying for me- except as dessert.

                    1. re: EWSflash

                      but you cut down on the amount of syrup you put on them that way.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        I'm not put off by the sweetness, obviously, but the appeal is the mix makes perfect pancakes. Not lumpy, not too cakey, light without turning crepey....just good, for something out of a box.

                  2. re: jcr1

                    Second the Kodiak Cakes. I bought I box a few months ago and was very pleasantly surprised at how good they are given how healthy the ingredients are. Plus I love that all you have to add is water.

                    1. re: jcr1

                      King Arthur's mix is my absolute favorite. The pancakes it produces are amazingly tender, with a hint of maple flavor in the batter. I've tried many scratch recipes (I'm not typically a mix person) but these remain my favorite pancakes.

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                      1. I think it is called Stonehouse Kitchen from Maine. A touch of malt and delicious.

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                        1. re: mgebs

                          I second this vote. The name is Stonewall Kitchen however.

                          I keep a few cans on hand so we can make them at a moments notice. Waffle recipe on the side is great too.

                          1. re: MSK

                            Stonewall Pancake/Waffle mix is perfect! They offer berry and gingerbread, but I've added berries, bananas and nuts to the plain with great sucess. Malty with lemon notes, fluffy yet toothsome. Pricier than some, but worth it...

                            1. re: Bunnyfood

                              I ruined a waffle iron once by adding blueberries to the batter. Ever since, I'm leery of adding extra stuff to the mix.

                          2. re: mgebs

                            I love the malt smell of the Stonehouse mix. It runs about $9/canister in Seattle but it's worth it. Even on mornings I don't eat pancakes, I love to open the lid to the mix and inhale. Mmm...

                          3. I haven't used it for pancakes but we love the Carbon's malted waffle mix and it can be used to also make pancakes.

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                            1. re: ziggylu

                              What ziggylu said - 100%. So there.

                              1. re: yayadave

                                Count me in as another fan if I am using a mix, love that malt flavor. I also like to make yeast raised pancakes and waffles. The batter sits over night and develops a nice tang.

                                1. re: Candy

                                  I love the Carbon's Golden Malted Waffle and Pancake mix. Super easy and a real crowd pleaser. Mix comes in an easy to store tin. They also have a Pumpkin Malted waffle and pancake mix which is delicious especially in the fall/winter. I purchase Carbon's at Cost Plus World Market.

                                  1. re: foodseek

                                    I get it at Cost Plus also...was buying it at Williams Sonoma for $10/tin so was very happy to find it at Cost Plus. Haven't seen the Pumpkin version husband would love that. Need to find some! Cost Plus also?

                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                      Yes, the pumpkin version was available at Cost Plus. It may be a seasonal item, though. Golden's pumpkin malted mix makes a terrific pancake and waffle-I served it with a warmed maple/boubon syrup for holiday breakfast and the aroma wafting through the kitchen set the mood for the whole day.

                              2. re: ziggylu

                                I was wondering if malt, for example, was one of the ingredients in mixes that is often missing from scratch recipes.


                                1. re: paulj

                                  I think you're right. Carbon's also has corn meal. Maybe it's corn flour, because the mix is smooth, not grainy.

                                  1. re: paulj

                                    yes, it is. It is in the huge sacks of p'cake mix that restauants use. Malted wheat or barley flour.