O Henry and the Buttered Brown Pancakes

Buttered Brown Pancakes

The third post in my “Weekend breakfast” category is dedicated to eternal classics, the buttered brown pancakes (check two previous recipes, Dutch Breakfast Apple Rings and Griddle Pan Waffles with Goat Cheese and Figs).

It is also a perfect occasion to introduce one of my favorite writers, O Henry. I was rather surprised, that my husband has never heard of him. As Wikipedia suggested, O Henry was exceptionally popular in Russia thanks to exceptional translations made by Evgeny Zamyatin, a famous writer. If you haven’t read anything of O henry, I can suggest you a start of his most culinary story, The Pimienta Pancakes:

Betimes I was stirred by invalid longings for something to eat that did not come under the caption of “grub.” I had visions of the maternal pantry “deep as first love, and wild with all regret,” and then I asked:

“Jud, can you make pancakes?”

Jud laid down his six-shooter, with which he was preparing to pound an antelope steak, and stood over me in what I felt to be a menacing attitude. He further endorsed my impression that his pose was resentful by fixing upon me with his light blue eyes a look of cold suspicion.

“Say, you,” he said, with candid, though not excessive, choler, “did you mean that straight, or was you trying to throw the gaff into me? Some of the boys been telling you about me and that pancake racket?”

“No, Jud,” I said, sincerely, “I meant it. It seems to me I’d swap my pony and saddle for a stack of buttered brown pancakes with some first crop, open kettle, New Orleans sweetening. Was there a story about pancakes?”

Jud was mollified at once when he saw that I had not been dealing in allusions. He brought some mysterious bags and tin boxes from the grub wagon and set them in the shade of the hackberry where I lay reclined. I watched him as he began to arrange them leisurely and untie their many strings.

“No, not a story,” said Jud, as he worked, “but just the logical disclosures in the case of me and that pink-eyed snoozer from Mired Mule Canada and Miss Willella Learight. I don’t mind telling you.

The story is vivid, witty and truly funny, so well-worth reading! Below is the recipe of the buttered brown pancakes to complement the reading.


Pancakes Buttered Brown Pancakes


For: 2
5 min
15 min
Ready in:
30 min


  1. Whisk eggs with salt and sugar till foam
  2. Add a cup of milk, mix well with a whisk. Gradually add flour, while mixing to prevent formation of lumps
  3. Add another glass of milk and flour as described above
  4. Add oil and soda, mix well and leave for up to 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, put the frying pan on the medium fire (do not grease it or add oil!)
  5. Pour batter to the pan. Fry until you see small bubbles on the surface, then flip and fry for another 30 seconds.
  6. Serve with butter, maple syrup or honey


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