Saturday, October 10, 2009
I know what you might be thinking. "Why is she posting a picture of a pancake sandwich? Is she seriously blogging about this?".
Just hear me out.
We've been gluten free for roughly 3 years now. We've tried every gluten free bread known to man. Store bought, freezer kept, homemade, yeast, no yeast, eggs, no eggs- all of them. No matter what kind of gluten free bread you have, rice flour just does not stay moist. You/they (whoever they is) can sweeten it with all of the fruit juices in the world, nothing is going to keep a gluten free bread slice fluffy. "You will never be wheat!!", I would shout at my lifeless loaf.
As the cold weather moves into the big country this fall, I've been craving certain things. Things that yes, I can live without, but wouldn't it be so nice if I could have them? Tomato soup, is one of them, but due to a fructose intolerance, that's out. Beer, which again, isn't in the cards for me, not even beer of the sorghum variety (ok maybe, but I'll pay for it the next day). And a hot sandwich. I used to make an amazing Parmesan crusted veggie sandwich. Can you imagine what that must have smelt like? *sigh*
When I was growing up, my parents would always make pancakes from a bagged mix, whatever was cheapest at the time (Bisquick, Krusteaz), or whatever was donated to us in the Salvation Army food box. There is nothing wrong with that (both using mix from a bag, and having food donated to you), I'd be lost without my Pamela's mix, but- back when I was 7 years old, and we had pancakes every night for a solid week straight, I started to hate them. From that point on I couldn't stomach a pancake. I'd rather starve. It wasn't until recently, when I learned my way around the kitchen and realized that my parents hadn't fed pancakes to punish me, but rather to keep me alive, that I've learned to like them again.
And you know what the best thing about my new food crush on pancakes is? I've discovered that they make one heck of a hot sandwich.
Of course, "one heck of a hot sandwich" to a wheat eater is something completely different, but for those of us with the disadvantage- get your griddles started.
Make a batch of unsweetened pancakes, the way you normally would. Butter one side of the cake, the way you would butter a bread slice for grilled cheese, and then put your "sandwich" together. While both the pancakes and griddle are still hot, cook them suckers up!! (in my head, I just said that in my football lovin' redneck voice, and it was totally funny) 400 degrees seems to be about right for a golden crispy crust.
By doing this, my daughter is finally able to eat grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, etc. Its weird teaching a 3 year old how to hold a sandwich in her hands, you'd think by now she'd know how to do so, but- we're getting the hang of it.
Its a little more work than grabbing a pre made bag of bread off the shelf, but the best tasting things are, aren't they?