If it was all about price, this would be a fabulously cheap meal because the pancake mix cost me $0.69 at Target, and I only used a couple cups, the strawberries were on sale the same day at Freshfields Farm, and the "sausage" links were 50% off at Publix some time ago, and I stocked my freezer. But in theory, this post is more about what we thought about the Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix. I had two coupons; so, I gave one to Mom, and we each brought home a box of the mix to try. I made pancakes and Mom made waffles. (She has my waffle iron.)
I appreciated the rather short ingredients list on the box and that the first two ingredients were oat flour and whole wheat flour, which add to the quality of the fiber. The pancakes puffed up nicely, and I thought they tasted much better than, say, Bisquick. I tasted the pancakes with butter, syrup, and strawberries, but quickly decided that the strawberries (especially at peak ripeness) were the best because it made each forkful taste like a bran muffin. Paul always covers his pancakes with peanut butter and applesauce. In this case, he got to top them with the berries, too. Paul agreed that it is the best premix out there. However, we did decide that we could likely make the mix cheaper ourselves, even for the $0.69 price tag with coupon.
Mom and Dad's experience wasn't quite so positive. Mom said she had to add salt and sugar to the batter before it tasted right to her. She also said that once the waffles were covered in syrup or honey, they lost their crispness. My mom has a preferred waffle recipe from scratch. You will find that she makes it with as little cholesterol as possible. That seems to keep the waffles fluffier, too. Sometimes, she'll under cook the remainder of a batch and freeze them, then remove and toast them for a quick morning breakfast. I suspect we'll be buying the rest of their Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix off of them, but that's OK. I like the bran-muffin idea.
Mom's Waffle Recipe
- 3 ½ C sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 T baking powder
- 2 T sugar
- 1 ½ t salt
- 4 egg whites
- 2 ½-2 ¾ C milk
- 6 T Smart Balance cooking oil
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Set aside. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Continue beating adding milk and oil. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour 1 cup batter on preheated grid. Close unit and bake until light goes out (about 5 minutes). Makes 8 large waffles.