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The kids have been begging me to do a Sappy Saturday post about sap. And while I love my kids, I don't have any deep affinity for sap. We have a lot of pine trees in our yard, so I'm acquainted with sap, but mostly it just gets on stuff and is then an unbelievable pain to remove. So yeah. I don't want to do a post about sap.
But I'll do a post about pancake night. Pancake night is my favorite night. Sometimes it's waffle night. Very rarely it's french toast night. Whatever it is, it's covered in syrup. So sappy, right? Deal with it kids. That's as close as you're getting.
Anyway, pancake night. That is just all kinds of pure awesome. This is the recipe I generally use (though I usually separate the eggs and beat the egg whites to make the pancakes extra fluffy). I love pouring all of the dry ingredients in and hearing the soft "whump" as they hit my big blue mixing bowl. Letting one kid stir those together while another one helps me mix together the wet ingredients. We make the bowl within a bowl to pour the eggs and milk and vanilla and butter (oh, the butter!) into and then we mix it all up, folding in the egg whites at the end.
Ladling it onto the frying pan and watching it bubble up into golden-brown deliciousness. The hint of vanilla wafting through the kitchen. The tea kettle heating up water for the french press waiting to brew some coffee.
And then the moment of joy. A perfect pancake, topped with just a hint more butter (of course!) and drowned in a pool of sticky, gooey, sweet, amazing syrup.
For me, this is one of the most comforting things ever. It's a slow meal, because I don't have a big griddle to cook multiple pancakes at a time (Christmas gift idea maybe???), so it's one where our family spends a bit of time together talking. It's a meal that no one complains about. It's a messy meal, which almost always translates into more fun for the kids. It's a meal where everyone gets to contribute to the preparation.
To me, pancake night signifies family coming together and enjoying something sweet. And that has it's own sweetness.
Do you do pancake nights? What is your favorite comfort food?