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Snow pancakes from the young housekeepers cookbook of 1856

Updated on March 16, 2013

Snow! The unusual Ingredient

Magical or What?

My first memories of snow are very strange. I lived in South Wales near the coast so we rarely saw snow. As a very little girl just after the Second World War we had snow. It was so much snow that it filled the roads up to the top of the bushes that grew on the banks and it just kept coming. Bulldozers were sent out to clear a path and we soon realised that the tracks had made perfect snow bricks. We immediately started a snow igloo village. It was such fun making them. We were very proud of our handiwork and surprisingly the little igloos were quite warm inside.

Several times on our return from an afternoon playing in the snow we would see our mother in the garden with a bowl and spoon collecting snow. Eggs were still in short supply post war, my mother explained that she was making Snow Pancakes. We had been eating them all week without realising that they were made with snow. The snow pancakes were indistinguishable from normal, just a little bit holier. I am not suggesting that they are the bees knees of pancakes but worth knowing about in case the economy gets any worse In fact a tablespoon of snow, the powdery kind not the Sierra cement, added to any pancake mixture makes them lighter This year we are all having snow from the British Isles to Texas so now would be the time to experiment with snow pancakes!

With the huge snowstorm on the East of the USA, numerous snow storms across the UK and the usual dumping on the West coast, the main ingredient in this recipe is plentiful. If you try this recipe do leave a comment telling us how the pancakes turned out. As of February 13th 2013 the hub has been viewed 1600 times In a week so someone must be enjoying snow pancakes! Have fun!

Snow and Pancakes a good combination!

A real snow pancake!
A real snow pancake!
Yum yum!
Yum yum!
Pancake cooking
Pancake cooking
The town of Olney in Buckinghamshire, England has a famous race through the town
The town of Olney in Buckinghamshire, England has a famous race through the town
The Westminster Pancake race
The Westminster Pancake race

Snow Pancakes Recipe

1 cup of firmly packed dry snow

1 cup of flour

1 One to one and a half cups of milk

Pinch of salt

Butter or oil to fry

Method

Mix all ingredients thoroughly to make a batter

Heat the butter or oil in the pan or skillet until hot.  Drop spoonfuls of mix onto the hot fat and cook one side. Flip over to finish. Serve with lemon juice and sugar or Maple Syrup or what have you. Enjoy!


In the UK , Pancake races are common on Shrove Tuesday. Competitors have to race along a set course flipping the pancakes as they go. Even politicians in the Houses of Parliament have a race. The tradition is a very old one

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      Judy 7 years ago

      ahhhh!

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      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Good hub, gypsy. We keep hoping we won't get snow but who knows, if we do we could try your pancakes.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Judy Thanks for dropping by, not Haute Cuisine but we enjoyed them.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi scarytaff you can have some of ours! thanks for the comment

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      I've never heard of snow pancakes! Your mother must have been a creative woman! This is a really cool idea. Wish I could try some!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Just looked up where you live, don't think you will be making them any time soon!!! Thanks for the comment!

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      I am going to try these.......... snow tonight, but I do have to get out there before the dogs.......... ;-)

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi your great hub just goes to show how much of our tradition has been lost to many. Thank you for reminding us of the inspiration and necessity needed in days gone by.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Kai, glad you are a survivor.Thanks for the comment. Yellow snow should be avoided at all costs!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi D.A.L. Check out my other traditional food hubs. They are what I was brought up on and shows how resourceful people used to be (BM before MacDonalds!) The story of the stargazy pie is a case in point. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

      Gypsy, I'll be trying this soon...if I can find snow that's not equally mixed with sand. We've had mostly ground blizzards here. :-D

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I've made these before. There is a recipe in my 'Young Housekeeper's Friend' cookbook. I really like the way they turn out.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Joy, sand is definitely not a good additive! Hope the winter is not too harsh for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the comment Ivorwen. Is it a modern cook book? Glad they were good.

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      No, the cookbook was originally published in 1859, but reprints and used copies are available. It was written by Mrs. Cornelius.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I am not surprised,I will look out for it. Thanks for letting me know. I love old cook books.

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      Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

      Ivorwen, good of you to mention that book! There are so many helpful and interesting things in that one. I didn't remember about this recipe being there.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Joy I have added an Amazon link directly above the comments should you wish to look up "The Young Housekeepers Friend" and have a peep inside. Looks Like a good one, thanks again Ivorwen!

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      Gypsy Willow-

      Great idea-and we have lots of snow right now-so all ingredients ready to go.Thank you.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Bon appetit! Thanks for the comment!

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      too cute!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      It's just me 7 years ago from Alaska

      Living in Alaska when I was a teenager we would have fun making Jello after you melt the powder and add the water just bring it outside and stir until it jells. This happens quite quicky in our cold weather.

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      Sara 6 years ago

      Well, looks like I won't be making this recipe for a while - is this a joke?

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi It' just me! Still snowing in the sierras, I shall try the Jello tip! Thanks.

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      No joke Sara! This used to be a usual recipe when I was little! Maybe you'll try it one day!

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      Ninasvoice 4 years ago from England

      Just made some, and they were delicious! i didn't think they would be as nice without the eggs but i'm going to make the most of all the snow outside! Thanks for sharing this recipe :-) Voted up and awesome and interesting!

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Isn't it just! Glad you enjoyed them. I'm in NZ at the moment and its summer so I won't be trying them soon!

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