Friday, January 6, 2012

Low-cholesterol Pancakes

Friday, 6-January, 2012 - Veghel - Last November, I promised Cody (first cousin twice removed) I'd give him the recipe for my pancakes. Well, here it is below. My Aunt Bertha taught me how to fold beaten egg whites after the batter was mixed. Until today, I used an electric beater. I didn't realize how effective a whisk (garde in Dutch) is. My cousin MaryAnn simply uses a fork. She teaches using human energy whenever practical.
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Yield: 8 large pancakes (approx 7-in dia)
Cholesterol per pancake when served with margarine and strawberry jam or maple syrup: 2.5 mg.

Ingredient, Unit of Measure, Qty
Baking soda tsp 2
Egg white each 2
Flour cup 2
Milk cup 1
Oil, vegetable
Salt tsp 1
Sugar tsp 2
Water cup 1

1. Separate egg whites and yolks, and set aside.
2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
3. Add milk and water, leaving out egg yolks (see note 1). Mix well (whisk or beater), adding water as needed to thin batter.
4. Beat (or whisk) egg whites in separate bowl, whites at room temperature until stiff.
5. Fold in egg whites to make a fluffy batter (see link).
6. Heat a lightly-oiled griddle (or large frying pan) over medium-high heat (see note).
7. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides, and serve hot.

Note 1: Leave out egg yolks for a low-cholesterol meal. Each egg yolk contains 200 mg of cholesterol!
Note 2: The pancake cooking temperature is approx 375 Deg F (190 Deg C). When you let a drop of water fall onto a hot pancake griddle, the water drop will dance around and stay in its droplet shape while it skitters across the surface.
Note 3: The American Heart Association recommends healthy individuals consume less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day. A person with heart disease should eat a low-cholesterol diet and aim at 200 mg of cholesterol daily.
Note 4: General cholesterol health information:


Marlyn Weiss said...

Do you know what the cholesterol level is?

dale weiss said...

Thanks for your question, Marlyn. Cholesterol per pancake made without egg yolks when served with margarine or maple syrup: 2.5 mg.
I also added references for cholesterol health information.