Soaked Pancakes {Cooking Through Little House}



Mary and Laura…could smell bacon and coffee and hear pancakes sizzling, and they scrambled out of bed.They washed their hands and faces in the tin washbasin on the wagon-step. Ma combed every snarl out of their hair, while Pa brought fresh water from the creek. Then they sat on the clean grass and ate pancakes and bacon…from the tin plates in their laps. (Little House on the Prairie)

Soaked Pancakes {Cooking Through Little House}
Serves: 4-5
  • 2 cups wheat wheat flour
  • 2 cups kefir
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Butter
  1. Mix the flour and kefir together. Cover and let soak over night.
  2. Preheat your skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. While the skillet is heat mix the remaining ingredients into the batter.
  3. Once the skillet is hot add enough butter to coat it. Be sure not to let it get so hot that it smokes. Pour in enough batter to make whatever size pancakes you prefer. You know that they are ready to turn when small bubbles start to form and the edges get crispy. Flip over and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Plate and serve with apple butter, maple syrup and butter for a fall twist.


More Cooking Through “Little House” recipes:

Hasty Pudding
Fried Apples and Onions
Ginger “Thirst Quencher”


This post is part of Hearth and Soul, Tuesday Twister, Pennywise Platter Thursday,

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Hope you all are enjoying some yummy and nourishing pancakes! 🙂

  2. I loved the Little House books and still do. These pancakes bring back memories from reading them.

  3. Great looking pancakes – I love the use of kefir!

  4. Hi! – just wanted you to know I featured this in my Hearth and Soul Linky Love Post this week! Thanks again!

  5. Oh,I am so excited to find another way to use kefir! And lovely delicious pancakes are perfect! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  6. i love the idea of cooking from the Little House books…they were favorites when i was little! still remember trying to make the maple sugar candy by squeezing “Aunt Jemima” syrup on snow (it didn’t work ;)). I can’t wait to try these yummy pancakes this weekend!

  7. I think the best thing about pancakes is that they smell like love. Or at least, I think so, because the only time I’ve ever eaten them is if someone I love has made them for me. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop. Love the kefir.

  8. Thanks Heidi! The Little House books are some of my favorites!

  9. MMMMMmm, pancakes. I’m so happy to see you cooking through the Little House Books!! I always like to use the pancake recipe from Almanzo- lots of butter and molasses! Take care and keep up the good work,

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