Monday’s Mystery Recipe Episode 15: Killer Pancakes

by Amy

 We were so fortunate to miss two of the major storm systems that swept through Kansas last night.  One ended up just north of us and the other went south.  We had our plans in place for both the dogs and Bob the cat, just in case we ended up in a tornado warning.

I’ll never forget the year we moved into our new house after rebuilding from the fire. The weather had turned ominous and I was still at school when another teacher casually mentioned there was a tornado warning out for a tornado south of town.  I asked where and her response sent chills down my spine.  The tornado was actually only a few miles from our newly built home!

Now realize, I’m all about stuff being just stuff, especially when you’ve gone through a fire where everything you owned is lost forever, but the idea that our newly built home might now be destroyed by a tornado just about sent me over the top.  Luckily, God was watching over us and the tornado dissipated and no damage was done.  And we have had to take cover in the basement due to warnings a few other times over the past six years, but each time there’s been a possibility of bad weather, we got prepared.

Well, if you were wondering where the Monday’s Mystery Recipe was last week, I ended up taking a week off, unintentionally of course.  The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy at school and I was out of town the week before, so my carefully planned out post didn’t happen. But, I made sure it did this week.

Ever since coming home from a state competition with some of my kiddos, I’ve been on a waffle kick.  Our hotel’s continental breakfast had a make-your-own waffle station and that was exciting for me….like cooking away from home! 🙂 So, this week’s recipe, Killer Pancakes, is inspired by my waffle experience a few weeks ago.  Killer Pancakes can be found in Diane Mott Davidson’s novel with the same name, Killer Pancake.  I finally finished the book and have now started The Grilling Season.

If you are a fan of fruit cocktail, then this is the pancake recipe for you.  The recipe includes the juice from a can of fruit cocktail and also the fruit.  Honestly, the flavor was good, but I think I would probably prefer just plain old pancakes.  I have issues adding maple syrup to fruit in pancakes, so I made a quick strawberry syrup/glaze to use on top.  So, if you’re itching to try something new with your pancakes, give this recipe from Diane Mott Davidson’s novel, Killer Pancake, a try.

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Killer Pancakes

April 16th, 2012


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 16 oz can fruit cocktail, drained (reserve juice)
syrup for serving


Preheat oven to 350°.  Line three large cookie sheets with Reynolds non-stick aluminum foil and set aside.  Meanwhile, sift or whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

Combine the eggs and the juice that you drained from the can of fruit cocktail.  I ended up with about 5 oz. of juice after I drained mine.  Stir with a fork until well-combined.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture into the well.  Using a spatula, combine the liquid and dry ingredients until mixed.

This mixture will be thicker than a typical pancake batter.  Fold in the fruit from the fruit cocktail.

Using a large cookie scoop, (mine was a 3-Tbsp) scoop the batter onto the lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2" between each pancake.  I only placed 6 pancakes on each baking sheet and that worked well.

Bake in the 350° oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden.  I baked mine for 10 minutes, then rotated the baking sheet and continued to bake for 2 more minutes and they were perfect.

Take the pancakes out of the oven and allow to cool just a bit on the foil.  Gently remove the pancakes from the foil and serve with syrup of your choice. I chose strawberry and it was a perfect addition to these pancakes!


The above links to the Diane Mott Davidson novels are amazon affiliate links.  Each purchase made through my amazon store will result in my receiving a small percentage of the sale price.

Slightly adapted from Killer Pancake, by Diane Mott Davidson

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Jenny @ BAKE April 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

I love the idea of oven pancakes! so much easier for brunch than standing over a pan for half an hour, defending the slowly growing stack from my impatient boyfriend! your photos are gorgeous too!


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