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Sourdough Flapjacks

The following recipe is adapted from Forty Years Behind the Lid with permission from Mrs. Richard Bolt. Richard wrote that the recipe will feed an "average family" and "may be used in a home kitchen or outside using a fire pit." Richard Bolt credits these flapjacks with having almost magical properties. In his words, "If you do not believe these help cowboys work better, ask Tone "Flapjack" Sparks. He failed to eat his usual six flapjacks for breakfast one morning and had trouble all day trying to flank calves. He was very upset about his many fumbles on the job and I told him it was purely a dietary problem. The next day Tony indulged in his usual number of flapjacks and was able to flank calves like a good cowboy is suppose to."

Serves 6-8

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 4 1/2 c. sourdough starter (see recipe, below)
  • 1 1/2 T. melted shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 T. sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2- 2 1/4 c. flour

Beat eggs slightly; add other ingredients except flour, mix well. Add sufficient flour to make batter the desired thickness. (Some like their hotcakes batter thicker than others). I use about 2 c. of flour myself.) Cook on a lightly greased griddle or pan. Turn flapjacks ONE time only. Turning more than once will make the flapjack tough. Sourdough Starter 1 cake yeast or envelop of dry yeast 4 c. warm water 2 T. sugar 4 c. flour 1 raw potato, quartered Dissolve yeast in warm water, then mix all ingredients in a 1-gallon crock or other nonmetallic container. Cover with a close-fitting lid, and let the starter rise until light and bubbly on top (12 hours in warm weather, longer in cool weather). Never let the starter get cold. After each time you use the starter, add 1 c. warm water, 2 teaspoons sugar, and enough flour to return the starter to its originally consistency. Add more potato as food for the yeast occasionally (when the original potato is used up), but don't add more yeast. For best results, use the starter daily; if not used often, it will die. Starter improves with age.

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