In honor of the release of The Amazing Spider-Man I am back with another geek-themed recipe. This time, I’m presenting you with Aunt May’s most famous dish: Wheatcakes! Now, I can’t be sure if this is the recipe that she herself uses. Apparently Marvel has the recipe, but keeps it a closely guarded secret, known only to Joe Quesada, CB Cebulski, and that Wolverine that magically came out of the comics in the 80’s. But, I scoured the internet and found this recipe that I hope is a good substitute.
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons oil (or substitute with apple sauce)
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
Take the honey and oil (or apple sauce if you so choose) and stir them together in a bowl. Add the milk and eggs to this and then beat them together. Finally, add the flour, baking powder and salt into the wet mixture and mix them together until smooth, but don’t over beat the batter. If you’ve got some time, cover the bowl with cellophane and place in the refrigerator for a half hour. Warm up your skillet, if it’s got a temperature control set it to 375 degrees, and if you don’t just keep you pan over medium to low heat. Grease your pan or griddle with some cooking spray, or if you’re indulgent, butter.
Now we get to the real question: Do you like your pancakes light but cooked all the way through, or do you like them a little wet and underdone? Me personally, I’m a doughy kind of guy, which means you ladle a little of the dough onto the pan, give it 30 seconds or so to firm up a little on one side, flip it, give it another few seconds, and plate it. I usually had to ask my mom to make mine special, otherwise they would end up all cooked and stuff. If you like yours well done, well just leave them on the heat a little longer.
That’s pretty much it. Slap some maple syrup on them or maybe some more apple sauce on top and you are good to go. I can’t promise you that these wheatcakes will give you the proportionate strength of a spider, but at least they’ll leave you with the energy to take a few pictures. Side effects may include the desire to wear a sweater vest and the knowledge that with great power comes great responsibility. Enjoy.