Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grandma Harder's Griddle Cakes

I'm not sure if this is bound to be a new kind of posting, but recently we got a request from Diane Neufeld, asking us to post her grandmother's griddle cakes from the old Mennonite Treasury. Since I love pancakes pretty well anytime, I did not even ask if anyone else would want to post it. So here it is. We had them for lunch recently and they were excellent. I followed the recipe as specified, except for the sifting of the flour and I used a non-stick griddle with no fat. They turned out quite thick, which I don't mind, but they could use a whole cup of milk if you like them thinner.

  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup and 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp melted fat or cooking oil
  1. Mix  and sift dry ingredients together.
  2. Combine egg, milk and oil in a separate small bowl.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add liquids and combine.
  4. Brown on a hot, slightly greased griddle. 
  5. Makes about 12 cakes. 


  1. Those look delicious! So soft and fluffy. :)

  2. These sounds great... In your list of ingredients you have 3/4 and 2 Tbsp milk. I think maybe it should say 3/4 cup.

  3. Mrs. Harder's pancake recipe is the one out of the Mennonite Treasury that my father (the breakfast maker in our family when I was growing up) always swore by! I use it to this day.

  4. Since there are 4 Tbsp in 1/4 cup, I thought that 3/4 C + 2 Tbsp milk was what you intended. To make thinner pancakes, you said to use a full cup of milk, which would mean increasing the milk by 2 Tbsp. Or did you originally intend only 3/4 cup milk , and then to make thinner pancakes increase the milk by 4 Tbsp (i.e., by 1/4 C.)?

    1. I wrote the recipe out just like the original even though I was surprised that one of the generation of my grandmother would be so specific in her measurement (3/4 cup plus two tbsp.) My own recommendation for anyone wanting thinner pancakes is to round it up to 1 cup milk.

  5. I would love to have a copy of the original "Mennonite Treasury" cookbook - ideas, anyone, where one might be found?

    1. I'd think you could try amazon or ask at your local MCC Store if you have one. Our local Christian bookstore sells them as well. it is available to order if you don't find it.

  6. shirley bertheletteJune 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    looks pretty good. will be making this thanks

  7. I found a copy of the cookbook in a thrift store in Australia of all places !!