One of the most popular events that take place during the Calgary Stampede are the Stampede Breakfasts. During these free events that are sponsored by local businesses, malls, communities and even politicians one can sample pancakes, bacon, sausage etc, often while enjoying live entertainment.
I’ve been part of a number of these events and have come up with this recipe for my favorite type of pancake or flapjack. I based it more on the griddle cakes eaten by cowboys years ago while on cattle drives then on the common pancakes served with Syrup.
This is by no means a low cal dish, but hey it’s for Stampede and that’s only 10 days out of 365, so enjoy.
This recipe is designed to be made on an electric or gas griddle, but should work in a frying pan if the temperature is right (you’ll just have to wait longer).
makes 4 servings (2 each)
4 slices bacon, thick cut
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
- Heat griddle to 175 c.
- Cut bacon slices in half and cook on griddle to desired crispness and set aside. Retain the bacon fat in a bowl.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Beat egg into milk until well combined.
- Mix egg/milk combination and melted butter into dry mixture and blend until mostly smooth.
- Spoon a little bacon fat onto the place you will be cooking each flapjack and place one piece of bacon in each of these locations.
- Using a soup ladle, add one scoop of batter over each bacon piece.
- Grill until bubbles pop on the surface of the flapjack then flip and grill until light brown.