Sunday, November 3, 2019

Freedom Pancakes

U[DATE: This recipe is updated to add the cooking oil into the mix.

Hello, Darlings

Good news! I do not have a renal disease.

I was retested and all my results were normal. The only explanation for the previous diagnosis is a testing error, which is great news for me and even greater news for any of you brave souls out there who may have tried my renal ready pancake recipe that I never got right and tasted terrible.

Nevertheless, renal disease or no, I did not give up on improving the recipe.  However, after many failed tries, I stumbled upon a salt-free, sodium aluminum sulfate-free and gluten-free baking powder made by Hain.

Whereas most regular baking powder contains corn starch, sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum sulfate, and monocalcium phosphate, Hain Pure Foods Featherweight Baking Powder is a dual-action baking agent that contains monocalcium phosphate, potato starch, and potassium bicarbonate. And if you will remember prior to the retesting of my renal functions, eliminating the sodium aluminum sulfate and the monocalcium phosphate were my main goals of changing what baking powder I used.

While Hain Pure Foods Featherweight Baking Powder does contain monocalcium it is not a danger to my kidneys.

Although pricey the Hain’s baking powder makes the taste of these pancakes the bomb of deliciousness, and in this recipe, there is a slight buttery taste due to the margarine I used without the bitter soda and sodium aftertaste. Each pancake rose golden brown just the same as a regular one.

Therefore this recipe is a keeper, which is helpful in lowering my blood pressure and my cholesterol level as well.

So goodbye sodium aluminum sulfate base baking powder, and hello to Freedom Pancakes.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

This leads up right into my new recipe.

Freedom Pancakes

Ingredients

            1 cup all-purpose flour
            1-1/2  tablespoons light brown sugar
            1 tbsp Hain baking powder substitute
            1/4 teaspoon salt
            3/4 cup rice milk, regular or unsweetened 
            2  tbsps cooking oil
            Margarine or butter
            2 egg whites

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, Hain baking powder substitute, and salt 
2. In  medium bowl or mixer add  milk, cooking oil
3. and egg, mix until blended 
4. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened
5. If the mixture is too thick add a little more rice milk
6. For each pancake, pour ¼ cup mixture onto preheated 350°F to 365°F nonstick-coated electric skillet
7. Add some butter, margarine, cooking spray
8. Turn when bubbles form on the surface
9. Cook until lightly browned

Makes 6 pancakes

Here you have a truly salt free, sodium aluminum sulfate-free, and a gluten-free batch of pancakes to brighten the smiles of all your pancake lovers.

After writing this I came across an article entitled Grain-Free Paleo Baking Powder Recipe.

It is simple and contains no sodium aluminum sulfate and monocalcium phosphate.  The author states that this homemade substitute recipe for baking powder is an introduction to the paleo lifestyle.

Hmm.

Although I have not tried it, the fact that it does eliminate sodium aluminum sulfate and monocalcium phosphate makes is worth a try, which I will do and will follow up my article will a review.

Here is the Grain-Free Paleo Baking Powder Recipe.

Ingredients

   2 parts cream of tartar
   1 part baking soda
   1 part arrowroot powder


I believe the key ingredient in this recipe that is different from my failed tries is the arrowroot, as opposed to just the one teaspoon baking soda and two teaspoons cream of tartar that I used. Whether the addition of the arrowroot balances out the flavor and eliminates the bitter sodium taste of the homemade baking powder, begs an honest taste test and review by me that will make a good follow up to this article.

Until next time,

      Chow Darlings!



Note: The photo above is generic. I used it because the pancakes were so good that they were eaten before I could take pictures of them.