Monday, February 23, 2009

German Pancakes - Memories on a plate



My blog has a new feature! Scroll down to the bottom of this posting for a printable version of this recipe!

A few days ago, my son reminded me how much he misses his grandmother, and how he associates German "pfannkuchen" (pancakes) with fond memories of her. I realized I hadn't made these in a very long time-- they are so basic and simple, yet they are truly very "comforting".
My Mother "Gretl" and her Mother (my Grandmother), photographed by me in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria--both have passed on , but their love of cooking is now in my hands

My mother, who was born and raised in Southern Germany (Bavaria) served these pancakes to her three kids. Sometimes, my mother would chop the cooked pancakes into tiny bite sized pies-- right into the pan. This is called "schmarn"-- loosely translated "junk", but it when used in Bavarian it translates into "nonsense". We loved pouring pancakes syrup all over "schmarn".

Overall, the pancakes, folded in half and filled with strawberry jam is our very favorite.
I've developed my own version of rolling the pancakes, more like a crepe. Sometimes, I like to add fresh squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. This morning, I used the rest of the
lemon curd that I had made . Wow! Happy memories. I thought I'd share a few of mine with all of you:

My Great Grandmother, who owned a hotel-restaurant, whose soup tureen I still use
My Great Grandparents Wedding Photo circa1903
My Grandmother "Oma" at the age of 17. Love her "dirndl"!

My Grandparents Wedding Photo, 1923

I hope that you give these a try. My mother would have been pleased to know that you did!


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8 comments:

Culinarywannabe said...

Oh my goodness, so sweet of you to share your pictures and memories with us! I especially love the wedding pictures.

Stephanie said...

Wow, those look extraordinary. I love recipe that bring up memories of family members, those are the best kind of dishes :)

Stacey Snacks said...

Deb,
I love that new print feature.

How did you do that????

Chef Fresco said...

What a sweet story to go with your dish! I have a good friend that now lives in Germany (I went to her wedding last summer). I loved the food there!

Pam said...

They look delicious - filled with lemon curd makes them perfect.

Love the old pictures of your family.

Donna-FFW said...

LOVE your photographs and stories. The pancakes look absolutely marvelous! The lemon curd must take it over the top.

aleta meadowlark said...

Your mother may very well have been the cutest woman I've ever seen. And I'm pretty sure I'm not exaggerating, too.

I will DEFINITELY have to try your recipe for these, I just love breakfast food. Thanks for telling me about it!

OvenDelights said...

Crepes are my all time favorite! Last night I actually had them for dinner! I was to lazy to go out for take out and being friday my fridge was really empty! So I used the ingredients I had on hand to come up with dinner. Needless to say they were yummy! I try this recipe next time I have the craving. One more thing......love those family pics, what a wonderfull memory!