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post #1 of 39
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The Cracker Barrel has, by far, the best pancakes. I have tried to replicate their recipe and preparation, with limited successs. To summarize, the pancakes are a bit crunchy around the edges with a characteristic dark 'band' around the perimeter.They are extremely light in consistency, almost crepe-like.
Thus far, I have concluded they use margerine as the cooking medium rather than merely using pan spray. I have come close to the 'light-ness' by barely mixing the batter. However, I can't, yet, replicate the taste. I use 1 1/2 cups of flour, 2 T sugar, 1t baking soda, 1 egg and 1 cup of milk.
Any help from anybody that has ever worked or visited there? Thanks!

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post #2 of 39
Check out the books by Todd Wilbur-"Top Secret Recipes". I think he covers restaurant recipes as well as grocery store items. check out the web site too. www.topsecretrecipes.com

Good Luck.

Also, you might even want to ask them at the restaurant the next time you are there-some places will give out their recipes.
post #3 of 39
My father fries his pancakes with a combination of butter and bacon drippings, when I asked him he said a few spoonfuls of bacon grease. I wonder if that is what adds the crispness and browning? I love Dad's pancakes, but never had Cracker Barrel's to compare.
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post #4 of 39
I've never had the pancakes--my husband likes them. But I've always wondered what it is in Cracker Barrel's food that upsets my stomach. I like the taste, but my tummy hates it! I keep suspecting sugar, salt, grease. I especially like their beef stew and cornbread--mundane of me, I guess, but it sure tastes good on a cold day!
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post #5 of 39
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Thanks for the input. The only info I could muster out of the waitress was that they don't use lard or bacon drippings, only a vegetable-based shortening (a/k/a margerine). So, I will continue my quest to 'break the pancake code'. Wish me luck...

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post #6 of 39
Haven't had those pancakes either but you might want to try this and see what you think. If you do, let us know how you like them....

International House of Pancakes Pancake Recipe from TSR

Ingredients:
Nonstick Spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt


1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Use a pan with a nonstick surface or apply a little nonstick spray.

2. In a blender or with a mixer, combine all of the remaining ingredients until smooth.

3. Pour the batter by spoonfuls into the hot pan, forming 5-inch circles.

4. When the edges appear to harden, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown.

5. Cook pancakes on the other side for same amount of time, until golden brown.

Makes 8 to 10 pancakes.
post #7 of 39

site for pancakes

Jim, I just found this site with a bunch of yummy sounding pancake recipes. The recipes are from bed and breakfasts from around the USA. Lots of neat recipes!

http://www.bbonline.com/recipe/pancakes.html
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post #8 of 39
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Calico,
Thanks for the lead. I will start playing and let you know if I find "the one."
-J

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post #9 of 39
cchiu--your IHOP pancake recipe got me a new electric griddle. My husband loves pancakes, and as soon as he saw that recipe, he was ready for a big plateful. Haven't cooked them yet, but this weekend ... :D
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post #10 of 39

Baking Powder For Pancakes

I get fluffier pancakes when using RUMFORD BAKING POWDER as opposed to the Calument brand. RUMFORD BAKING POWDER seems much more active. Get RUMFORD and you'll see better results. You can purchase it at better food stores.

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post #11 of 39

Belgian Waffles

Marzoli,

LOL! Nothing like breaking in new kitchen equipment! Would love to know how it turns out. Keep us informed!

You might like this too:

Belgian Waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups milk
3 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
fruit of your choice
whipped cream

Combine the flour, baking powder, confectioners' sugar, oil, milk and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks and fold into the batter (do not overmix). Using a 4-ounce ladle, pour 1/8 of the mixture into a hot waffle iron and bake for about 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Top with the fruit and whipped cream and serve hot. Yield: 8 waffles.
post #12 of 39
Your belgian waffle recipe is very similar to mine except for the confectioner's sugar. I always used extra-fine sugar but I definitely will try this version as soon as I find my belgian waffle maker!

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post #13 of 39
Buttermilk. yogurt or sour cream add tenderness to batters.
I can get the crispy edge using oil, but butter will give you the flavor....maybe a mix of both.
Try different flours....a soft wheat like White Lily...it's amazing the difference in baked goods, I'd assume it would be the same for griddle cakes.
***check out their store to see if they sell the mix....I wouldn't be surprised if they did....and you know the restaurants are using a mix not mixing their own.
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post #14 of 39
Had lunch at Cracker Barrel today, and they sell pancake mix in their gift shop. Seemed pretty normal, but maybe Jim wants to try it out.
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post #15 of 39

Pj

Has anyone used the cracker barrel pancake mix? How was it?
post #16 of 39
If you don't want to change from milk to buttermilk, you can add a little lemon juice to lighten the batter as well. The acid gets the gas moving with the baking soda.
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post #17 of 39
Jim, I agree with you that Cracker Barrel's pancakes are the best. I have three of Todd Wilbur's Restuarant Secret books, and they do not have the recipe listed in any of them. I have had the pancake mix which is good, but I was unable to replicate the crunchy outside texture that they do so well. It's Sunday morning, and now I want some pancakes!! Good luck on your pancake venture....
post #18 of 39
It's the amount of oil you use and the heat of the pan that gives the crunch. You need a fairly heavy pan (cast iron works well) well heated with a not too thin layer of oil. My grandpa made the best pancakes in the world, but I don't know what he used for oil. We never had margarine in the house, so I know it wasn't that. It had to be butter, Crisco or some kind of oil. If you make pancakes in a lighly oiled pan, they will come out with an evenly browned cake-like surface and white edge. If you add more oil, you will get a crisp brown edge and unevenly colored surface. Hope this helps you.
post #19 of 39
I LOVE Cracker Barrel's pancakes, too!! :lips: The way I get that crispy edge is to use Crisco shortening (not oil) on a nice hot griddle. No non-stick spray! And butter doesn't work either. Too brown by the time it's hot enough to make a crispy edge. IMHO
post #20 of 39
I've often wondered about the secret to cracker barrel pancakes. I'm not a fan of pancakes but I can't go to cracker barrel without having a plateful of pancakes (delish) eggs, bacon (thick!) and their homefries casserole (best I've ever had).

As for the pancakes, I swear they must fry them. I'm pretty sure they use crisco and lots of it, enough to puddle the pan.

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post #21 of 39
Jim,
I posted my recipe for apple butter pancakes in the recipe forum. My family and friends RAVE about my pancakes so give them a whirl.

I like Cracker Barrel's pancakes too!
post #22 of 39
... and I thought I was the only one that needed a stop in the restroom after a CB breakfast! But this week three people mentioned they have the same problem!
post #23 of 39

Just recently had the honor to have Cracker Barrel Pancakes, delish.  I checked out the pancake mix they had in the country store, surprisingly enough ingredients also included Rye Flour.  Maybe that`s the secret ingredient.

post #24 of 39
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It is funny that this thread has come back to life after so many years. Fun when that happens, actually. So, I have been using the following recipe for quite a while now.... with some great results. I modified the recipe from the Jamison's book, A Real American Breakfast.

 

 

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 oz melted butter

2 large eggs, separated

1 Quart buttermilk

Stir the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl,add the melted butter and stir. Set aside. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the buttermilk. When ready, pour it in with the dry ingredients and butter mixture and combine well (but do not to over mix). Fold the egg white into the batter. Ladle into a butter-coated cast-iron pan. The pancakes should sizzle gently. Flip when the edges begin to become dull and air bubbles appear to stop popping.

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post #25 of 39

   Hi Jim!

 

      It's funny to see a thread resurrected after so much time...it's also telling when the thread still gets so many additional views and comments!  I believe you've posted that pancake recipe before.  I remember trying it before...it was quite a process but did give good results.  Thanks.

 

   When trying to get those crispy edged pancakes (I believe) good ol' oil in a pre-heated pan is all I need.  I've tried butter, bacon drippings, margarine, on and on without good results...vegetable oil always did the trick for me.

 

   dan

 

post #26 of 39

Jim,  I tried these for the first time this fall.  OMG!  I found this on another website: 

 

 

Cracker Barrel Buttermilk Pancakes

By C. Taylor on September 29, 2008

 
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4-5, Yield: 12-15 pancakes

About This Recipe

"Update: I have double checked the baking soda amount and it is indeed 2 tsp. Hope this helps avoid any confusion. *** I absolutely adore the pancakes served at Cracker Barrel, especially their pecan pancakes. This recipe comes from the Cracker Barrel Cookbook. In my experience, you need to make sure that your cooking surface is well greased or you get leathery pancakes."

Ingredients

    • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt ( heaping)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • oil (for cooking) or butter ( for cooking)
    • butter, and
    • maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together until incorporated, but do not over mix.
  2. Heat a griddle or non stick pan under med. - med. high heat, and grease with a little butter or oil (more if you like a crispy edge).
  3. Drop batter using a 1/4 Celsius measuring cup onto hot pan. Once the bottom side is golden, flip and brown remaining side.
  4. Serve with butter and real maple syrup.
post #27 of 39

I knocked Alton Brown in another thread, but I figured he might be a good source for pancakes.  

2 cups flour, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs, 4 Tablespoons melted butter.  He makes an instant mix which looks like it would break down to

1/2 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 t salt

2 t sugar

 

Restaurant recipes I've seen called for twice as much baking soda and three times as much baking powder, probably because the batter has to last a day or two. I think I'll try 2 t soda and no baking powder like in the recipe above. Alton separated the eggs and whisked the whites with the buttermilk,  but it didnt mention anything about whipping or folding in whites, just whisk, then add yolks and butter.  

 

post #28 of 39

Crackerbarrel uses vegetable based margarine on their grills to cook pancakes. The key to a nice crispy crust is a nice hot cooking surface. Cracker Barrel currently sets their grills to 400 degrees.


 

post #29 of 39

I have been making AB's instant pancakes for about four years now, they are the best IMO.  Light fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

post #30 of 39

Hello all.  First time poster....long time lurker.  Very much enjoy and appreciate all of the advice on this site.  This pancake recipe has become a Sunday morning ritual at my house.  If you get a moment try it out, and feel free to comment / critique.

 

1 1/4 cups flour - I prefer King Arthur unbleached all-purpose

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons baking powder - prefer Rumford Alum free

1/4 Teaspoon salt

1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup whole milk

2 eggs - beaten

3 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

 

Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the wet ingredients.  Stir together with a fork until well mixed but batter is still a bit lumpy (sorry...not sure how best to describe this).  Let batter stand for 10 minutes.  In the meantime, heat up a non-stick griddle.  When griddle is hot, brush on a coat of Crisco Vegetable Shortening.  Give the batter another quick stir and pour your pancakes onto the griddle.  The batter will not be free-flowing, it is kind of thick so you may need to coax it out.

 

I serve this with a peach compote and my 6-year old daughter can't get enough.

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