Probably the best selling food item in Molly’s Cafe was pancakes. I don’t know of any other places in Istanbul who sell real pancakes. Some people think that pancakes and crepes are the same, but they aren’t. Pancakes are thicker and are served with a sweet sauce of some kind (see the recipe for fake maple syrup below). Crepes are thin and can be served with something savoury, such as mushroom sauce. I had many return customers for my pancakes, which filled people right up. This recipe makes a mix that makes several servings of pancakes.
6 cups (720 gr) flour (can use 1 cup (120 gr) corn flour for a nice flavour)
1 ½ tsp (7 ml) baking soda
3 tsp (15 ml) baking powder
1 tbsp (45 ml) salt
2 tbsp (90 ml) sugar
Combine all ingredients. Store in a tight container. Use the mix within 3 months.
To make into pancakes:
¼ to ½ cup (60 – 120 ml) oil
milk to make 1 cup of liquid
Add to 1 cup (about 150 gr) of mix
Mix briefly. Batter should be a little lumpy. This is very important. DO NOT beat the batter and resist the temptation to make it smooth.
Cook on a hot oiled griddle (high medium) until brown on both sides. You’ll know they are ready to turn the first time when there are small bubbles on top. Serve with butter or syrup or jam or even Nutella.
Use the same recipe for waffles– makes a couple.
Real Fake Maple Syrup
I grew up on this. Even back then in Canada maple syrup was very expensive. These days a small container of maple syrup sells for $10 or more in Canada.
3 cups (600 gr) sugar (if you can use 1 cup (200 gr) brown sugar, it makes it better)
1 cup (240 ml) water
Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and add 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla and ½ – 1 tsp (2 – 5 ml) maple flavouring. (Get a friend coming from Canada or the U.S. to bring the maple flavouring.)