Extra Fluffy Pancakes call for happiness and joy and yet today is a sad sad day and I’m literally sadder than sadness from the movie Inside Out. My kids’ preschool has announced today that due to an excessive raise in rent they are forced to close after 27 years!! TWENTY SEVEN YEARS!! The director of the school has built up and worked for this school for TWENTY SEVEN YEARS, it has been a true labor of love for her and as we could tell every morning also for each and every one of her employees, and now this!!! I feel anger and frustration and total and absolute sadness for her, for her employees and well of course for my daughter who now does not get to finish preschool at where she has started 1,5 years ago and where her brother will have finished preschool this school year. I feel my son is extremely well prepared for school. They have done an outstanding job at getting him ready for the next chapter of his life. I don’t know any kids from any other preschool or daycare in the city that are as well prepared for school as the ones graduating from our preschool every year. Can we all please just sit down and cry a little bit now?It feels kind of ridiculous to write all this in between bright pictures of beaten egg whites being folded into beautifully yellow pancake batter and photos of Extra Fluffy Pancakes that scream spring or even summer and happiness and joy as I mentioned above. I can’t not post though and also can’t ignore my sadness and write only happy things revolving around happy breakfasts :(All this has such a big impact on the lives of so many families. First and foremost think about the woman that has dedicated her life to this school. She has not only followed but helped form the lives of so many children. She has been a person of strong influence to these children because she loved them. Each and every one of them. She is too young to do suddenly start doing nothing at all. Then, think about all the teachers that will face unemployment. Most of them are still quite young and will probably find a new job nut still, most of them have worked many, many, many years there and I know they will be extremely sad to leave such a beautiful work environment.Lastly, think about all the children that haven’t finished preschool yet. We live in Montreal. Governmental daycare places are SCARCE. Waiting periods up to 2 years. Where are all those children supposed to go?!?? Are they supposed to stay home until they start school? What if the parents work? What if they can’t afford a nanny? What kind of stimulation can be offered to those children if they don’t go to a spectacular preschool like this one?If you are a Montrealer and feel for all of us and think you can SOMEHOW help us please, I beg you!, let me know. Or, if you know any Montrealers who you think can somehow help us please share this post with them and let them know that we urgently need help. I’m happy to throw in a free cooking class of a freezer full of freezer meal to whoever ends up helping us solve this problem. Lots of love from my house to yours, ask the universe to help us, or your God or your mom and let’s SOLVE THIS PROBLEM! I’ll make you these Extra Fluffy Pancakes and also Pina Colada Overnight Steel Cut Oats like I did as a guest post for Three Silver Spoons. Loads of that, loads, promise!
Extra Fluffy Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (250g)
- 1 1/4 cups milk (300ml)
- 4 eggs
- pinch salt
- 1 T honey
- maple syrup sweetened whipped cream (optional)
- fresh fruit (optional)
- Separate egg yolks and whites.
- Add flour, milk and honey to egg yolks and mix well until all lumps are dissolved.
- Heat a non stick pan over medium low heat.
- With and electric hand mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until reaching stiff peaks.
- Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to fold in stiff egg whites in about 3 parts into other ingredients being careful not to over mix. The batter should have quite a few air bubbles but no white flakes anymore.
- The pan should be hot by now. Add about a pea size amount of butter to it and spread with a spatula, then add 1/4 cup to the middle and DO NOT move the pan. Just let the batter spread by itself. Bake for about 2 minutes.
- Once edges start to be cooked, turn and bake on the other side for another 1-2 minutes until slightly golden.
- Serve with maple syrup sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit such as blueberries