Monday, February 15, 2010

Uncle Austin's Mexican pancakes with coconut

coconut pancakes

The day before Ash Wednesday? Yep, I’m a pancake eater. I grew up in an Episcopalian family and that’s how we rolled—in warm griddlecakes and cold glasses of milk. And even though most of my friends prepare for Lent in a more colorful style, old traditions are hard to shake and I still enjoy a tall stack of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Pancakes might not be shiny beads, feathered costumes, fevered dancing or boisterous singing, but they don’t have to be completely boring. I’ve been known to serve gingerbread pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, banana nut pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes. But to truly get in the frenzied spirit on the eve of Lent, Uncle Austin’s coconut pancakes (more colorfully known as Uncle Austin's Mexican pancakes) are a definite must.

fresh coconut

When I was young, Austin would make these pancakes for us on special occasions. Their main attraction was their size—he’d make one pancake the entire width of a 10-inch pan. And you didn’t even have to share this big baby—no way—this over-sized coconut pancake was all for you!

But incredible heft aside, Austin’s Mexican pancakes were sweet with fresh coconut, and some family members allege that there was chocolate and nuts in them as well.

I asked Austin for his recipe, but he said that not only had he not made these in 30 years, but also that he never really had one. Instead, he just took my grandpa’s basic pancake recipe and dolled it up a bit with the shredded coconut, chunks of brown sugar and extra pats of butter.

Curious why they were known as Mexican pancakes, he admitted that there was nothing authentically Mexican about them, but it was very, very important to be listening to Tejano music, preferably loud, while making them. He stressed, however that the main excitement was in the flipping of the 10-inch pancake—the messier the better!

coconut pancakes

If you’re celebrating pancake Tuesday, why not try Uncle Austin’s Mexican coconut pancakes—they’re far more adventurous than your usual buttermilk pancakes. And with the Tejano thumping and the pancake batter flying, it may be the most thrilling pancake supper you’ve ever had!

What's your favorite pancake recipe?

Coconut pancakes (Uncle Austin’s Mexican pancakes)
Ingredients:
1 egg
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon of fresh baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut
Juice from one lime (about 2 tablespoons) plus 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
4 tablespoons of melted butter

Method:
Beat together the egg and the milk.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth. If too thick, add more milk

For regular-sized pancakes, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto greased skillet heated at medium low. For Austin-sized pancakes, pour about 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups of batter into pan.

Cook for a few minutes on one side, until edges are brown and bubbles form in batter. Flip and cook on other side a couple more minutes.


Makes about 12 small pancakes or 3 extra-large pancakes.

Note: Chopped pecans and chocolate chips are an excellent addition if you like. Austin recommends serving them with pineapple and I agree. I also top my pancakes with yogurt, but honey or syrup would be dandy as well. And Austin didn’t add limejuice or cinnamon in his original recipe—that was my doing.

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53 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not much of a pancake eater but I have made tamales with almonds, coconut and fresh pineapple and the flavors are great! chrisq

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Well, these just sound positively yummy. I think in the Mexican tradition, I'd top mine with some agave nectar too. Yum, yum. A little sausage on the side?~~Dee

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Wow these are different...and exciting! Very Texas sick in this endless cold weather:(

Screwed Up Texan said...

I always thought pancakes were supposed to be 10 inches wide until I moved away and went to college and saw all these Idahoans making wimpy four inch pancakes.

heather @ chiknpastry said...

these looks wonderful, and to me these make a perfect pancake most any day of the week! i grew up eating pancakes straight from the bisquick box, but now i love making them from scratch and try lots of variations. will be adding this to the list :).

Lucie said...

I love pancakes and I love coconut... your recipe is so mouth-watering! In France we celebrate Mardi Gras with zig-zag shaped beignets, but honestly I'm starting to think Mexican pancakes sound even better...

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Uncle Austin a DAMN good man!! OH my love this recipe and what is even better is that I cannot wait to give this recipe to hubby for him to make!! He is the breakfast maker in the family!! LUCKY ME!!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Chris--Oh, yum! Those tamales sound heavenly!

Dee--That's a great idea! And sausage on the side always makes me smile!

Miss Meat and Potatoes--I hear you--February is the worst. And more snow tomorrow. Oy!

Screwed Up Texan--Indeed, everything is bigger in Texas!

Heather--I believe that making pancake-mix pancakes is no easier than making them from scratch. But Bisquick is excellent at marketing.

Luci--I love they way y'all celebrate Mardi Gras in France. I've long wanted to make homemade beignets.

Cathy--He is indeed a damn good man! And what a lucky gal you are to have a husband to make breakfast. He's a keeper!

Farmer Jen said...

Sounds delicious! I will try your recipe. I have some crushed pineapple in my fridge that I was wondering what to do with. Now I know.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes! Those look more than a bit yummy!

We are having a Shrove Tuesday pancake (with sausage) feast at church tomorrow night. Hope we are not cancelled due to snow.

So far my most favorite pancake is Jeff Smith's sour dough pancake. It is a wonderful kind of good. Of course, you have to plan ahead long enough to make the starter, at least the first time. ;)

Pete

Leesie said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing - Mexican pancakes - so thanks for sharing. I am so excited to give these a try knowing the health benefits of coconut!

My favorite pancake: buttermilk blueberry

Jenné said...

I love the idea of coconut with pancakes, two things that I love.
I just started a blog, sweetpotatosoul.blogspot.com, I think you've inspired me with these. Gracias!

Maria said...

I love coconut. Great recipe here!

Run Lori Run said...

Love your blog! My family is from Pampa Texas...

I made pancakes this last weekend and they were quite awful. Should have made these bad boys!

That Other Mike said...

Wow, I didn't know any Americans celebrated Pancake Day!

It's a national tradition here in the UK, so much so that only church-y people routinely call it Shrove Tuesday.

Those pancakes look very tasty - very different to ours, which are kind of like crepes, only a little thicker and less lacy.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

These are definitely a pancake worthy of a celebration. I'm a fan of anything coconut, though!

jerrie lee said...

I love your blog - your photos are amazing - the food and stories heartwarming and tasty. So well written .... and you look like you could have lived next door to me in san antonio! thanks so much for all.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Farmer Jen--Crushed pineapple is wonderful on top.

Pete--Oh! Sour dough pancakes sound amazing!

Leesle--I think Austin made them up, so that's why you've probably not heard of them!

Run Lori Run--Howdy Pampa! I'm sorry to hear you had a bad pancake experience this weekend. Hope your next batch is much better.

That Other Mike--Yep, if you're Episcopalian you're eating pancakes today. Happy pancake day!

Tasty Eats at Home--Coconut, especially fresh, is always wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Ah, so pancake suppers are an Episcopalian thing. This explains why my hubby never had pancakes for Dinner before we married. We will definitely be trying these.

Debra said...

I loooove some good buckwheat pancakes with walnuts in the batter and topped with sliced banana and REAL maple syrup, but if someone sets a plate of blueberry pancakes in front of me, I'll still be most appreciative. :)

Beth said...

I had no idea it was pancake day today but oh my these look delicious! I might have to have pancakes for dinnert onight as I have some buttermilk in the fridge that needs to be used. Thanks for the inspiration!

heidigoseek said...

my favorite pancake recipe? yours:) i discovered your recipe a while back and realized it was my favorite. i like a good fluffy pancake that is thick and holds its shape on the pan. no runny batters for me! thanks for always posting the best recipes with the best stories.

Karen said...

Would love some pecans and chocolate in those... they look yummy!

Vidya said...

I accidentally ate a whole heap of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday without even realising...I had made pancake batter a few days before, and I thinned it to make a few pancakes and crepes. I also ate a few savoury Indian pancakes and another crepe on the same day. Literally every single meal I ate involved some form of pancake...what a happy accident.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Anon--Yep! Church of England as well.

Debra--I love the combination of buckwheat with bananas.

Beth--Pancakes are an excellent way to use up your buttermilk.

Heidigoseek--I prefer thick batters as well. Much easier to control.

Karen--Oh, yes--they're wonderful with chocolate and pecans!

Vidya--That is a happy accident!

Austin Realname said...

Ah, that brings back great memories. A couple of notes on the recipe - Dad used a heaping tablespoon of baking powder, and vegetable oil instead of butter. Very important in my version - chunks of butter in the batter. The lime and zest sound like a delicious addition. Thanks for posting this Lisa!

Ina Pickle said...

Yep, we're Episcopalians too, and I feel congenitally entitled to a large stack of Shrove Tuesday pancake supper! With sausage on the side.

The recipe sounds wonderfu1! I'm making a big batch of plain old buttermilk ones for dinner tonight, because we can't make it up to the church - snowed in. I will probably dig out by tomorrow to make it to imposition of ashes.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

OMGoodness. These look so yummy. I will be trying them soon!

Cynthia said...

Oh bliss, another Uncle Austin recipe! Yippeee!

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Marco said...

I love real pancakes not the rubbery imitation. Along with some apple wood smoked bacon... glorious, wonderful amd magical.
Thank you

Steff Childs said...

We might not have a Pancake Tuesday tradition in my family, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to try this at the next breakfast-for-dinner.

Plus, I love the family story. That's about what I'd hear from my mom or one of my grandmas if I were to ask for one of their recipes.

Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

Coconut pancakes?? YUM!! Give them to me with some Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce and they are like the pancake form of Martha Washington candy! Guess what I am making for dinner? Thanks for sharing!

my spatula said...

i LOVE all things coconut. pancakes included.

Lo said...

Gorgeous pancakes. I'm actually thinking they seem more like a dessert than anything. If every day of fasting is this good, bring it ON!

Snowflake said...

I read your post on Tuesday and just HAD to try them out that night (we did Shrove Tuesday growing up too). SO YUMMY!

Amanda said...

My husband makes bacon peanut butter pancakes that are outta sight, but we have got to give coconut pancakes a try. Thanks! http://victuspopuli.com/

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Austin--No, thank you!

Ina Pickle--Sausage is a must!

Weekend Cowgirl--Enjoy!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Cynthia--His recipes are always great!

Marco--Applewood smoked bacon goes very well with pancakes!

Steff--Pancakes are a perfect dinner, especially when it's cold.

Kelly--They'd be perfect with dark chocolate sauce!

My Spatula--I'm with you!

Lo--There not super sweet, but they'd certainly make a fine dessert!

Snowflake--Excellent news! I'm so happy y'all enjoyed them!

Amanda--Are you kidding me? Peanut butter pancakes? Now that I have to try!

rachel said...

your blog is wonderful. i'm a west texan sitting in budapest. the other day i saw a burrito with cabbage and mozzarella in it. i just about cried.
thanks for sharing the deliciousness!

Mitch said...

Just made these pancakes for my family for Saturday breakfast--they were terrific! The coconut was moist and chewy, the lime added a nice kick, and the texture was wonderful--we had them with maple syrup and whipped cream--yum!

azelia said...

Anything with coconut is a must try in our household....

I'm wondering if wanting to make these dairy-free changing the milk for coconut milk would work or make them too heavy?

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Rachel--Oh, my? Cabbage and mozzarella? What were they thinking!

Mitch--Excellent--I'm so happy that y'all enjoyed them!

Azelia--You could always use light coconut milk.

cookeaze said...

These look so decadant! I can’t wait to bake them!Thanks for your tips..

Whitney said...

These were phenomenal pancakes. I used lemon instead of lime, and drizzled some juice on top along w/ maple syrup. They were sweet and sour and light and delicious. A keeper recipe.

Lauren @ delicateflavors said...

Coconut pancake. What a wonderful idea! It is on my Easter brunch menu. :)

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Cookeaze--You're welcome. Thank you for reading!

Whitney--Yay! I'm so happy you enjoyed them!

Lauren--Oh, these would make an excellent addition to an Easter brunch menu! What a great idea!

Sally said...

These were great although I agree that the pineapple is a must-have.

Rebecca said...

Your blog is making me hungry!
I love it.

Jay Francis said...

Lisa, I was shopping for an on stove non-stick griddle and found a 13" non-stick made by T-Fal(France) at Wal-Mart for $28. It has proved to be indispensable for dosa, pancakes, crepes, reheating bbq slices, grilling squash, etc., due to its larger diameter. Recommended.

Anonymous said...

Awwwwwesooooooommmmmmmmeeeee!!!!! Rocked out to Selina while making these for my family this morning. Lime+Coconut=Magic

Richard Jernigan said...

Austin would also make sure there was extra grease in the skillet so that the edges would sputter and bubble. He pointed that out as he cooked me a coconut pancake in his Austin efficiency on 25th Street. "That's really important." We would wash them down with Cafe Bustello and yell the name out.

AM said...

Yum!! We made your grandpa's pancakes and migas last weekend and these this weekend. These were our favorite of the 2 pancakes and we loved the migas. We topped these with fresh pineapple, toasted shredded coconut, pecans, and maple syrup. Next on the list: banana, bacon, pecan pancakes. Thank you for the great recipes!

jeannine ee said...

These sound delicious. I'm not from Texas, but I'm going to try and get them at least to 8 inches. I think you might have to be a Texan to successfully make them that big!

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