Tomorrow is often referred to as Pancake Tuesday so I decided to practice Mrs. Dreber’s recipe for Sweet Milk Pancakes in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book.
I couldn’t find any Dreber’s and I tried Dreiber and Drieber too. The Generations website has an Eda Drieber born in the Cambridge area in 1867 or 1868 so she’d be in her late 30’s at the time the cook book was published if this is the correct person.
The reference to sweet milk in the title could refer to the sweetness of the pancakes but more likely it refers to the use of fresh (sweet) milk in the recipe rather than sour milk.
I mixed the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and about 1/8 cup of sugar) and then added the beaten egg and milk and melted butter. It seemed like a lot of baking powder (one and a half tablespoons) and the batter was very thick. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I spooned blobs into a hot oiled frying pan. The pancakes visibly rose in the pan. I don’t like thick pancakes and I was worried they would have a strong baking powder taste. Instead the sweet milk pancakes were delicious. They were crisp on the outside and light inside. The pancakes had a touch of sweetness that I liked. I topped them with maple syrup out of habit but might skip it next time. I will definitely make sweet milk pancakes again!
SWEET MILK PANCAKES
3 cupsful flour, 1 1/2 tablespoonsful baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 cups milk, 2 tablespoonsful melted butter, 1 egg, a little sugar, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder together, then add beaten egg and milk, beat thoroughly, add butter last. Bake on hot griddle iron.