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For The Love of Pancakes

Aimee Ellinger, 4-H/Youth Development & FCW Agent


pancakesLast weekend Dickey County 4-H hosted a pancake feed at the Oakes historical park. The fundraiser was a county wide event with every club involved to make it a success. We would like to thank Jim River Kids’ 4-H club for organizing the event. We also want to thank everyone who came out and supported. We had an amazing turn out from the public! The event included a pancake feed, concert and 4-h project expo and favorite food review judging. A huge thank you from the extension office for making this a success! The money raised goes to fund county wide projects and activities for our 4-H youth.

One thing that I found surprising about the menu on Sunday was the option of Gluten free pancakes. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats (unless labeled gluten-free). Gluten acts as an agent to hold the food product together, think of it like a sticky glue holding everything in place. In gluten free products that gluten is replaced with another substance to mimic the binding action of gluten. The Celiac Disease Foundation states that 1 out of 133 people have celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) and must avoid gluten there whole life.  When people with celiac disease eat gluten, their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. Celiac disease can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. Gluten may be found in processed meats, French fries, candy, salad dressings, canned soups as well as many other items.  Remember to discuss with your doctor before you self-diagnose yourself. You only need to avoid gluten for medical reasons, otherwise gluten is a healthy protein for  those who do not have a gluten intolerance.

At the pancake feed the option for gluten free pancakes was a great addition. Quite few people I visited with told me they normally don’t get to eat at pancake feeds and they were pleasantly surprised with the addition. If you have someone in your life who is gluten free or you are looking for recipes for yourself I recommend trying these gluten free pancakes. You just make someone’s Saturday morning!

Bobs Best Gluten Free Pancakes
Ingredients    
1-1/3 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Oil
3/4 cup Water +2 tbsp (warm)
2  Egg Whites stiffly beaten (set aside)
Instructions
Preheat a griddle to medium heat, about 350°F.
In a large bowl combine the All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour, baking powder, sea salt and baking soda. In another bowl combine honey, vanilla, vegetable oil and warm water. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients; then gently fold in the egg whites.
Ladle pancake batter onto the preheated and oiled grill, flip pancakes over when they begin to puff and become lightly browned on the edges, about 3 - 4 minutes on each side, you just have to life an edge of the pancake up with a spatula and take a peek for doneness. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite flavor.

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