Back in 2010, I got obsessed with pancakes. For two years, I made pancakes four and five times a week - sometimes twice a day. I took a lot of notes.
I was trying to impress an acrobat.
I wanted to give her a breakfast delicate enough to call cake, but substantial enough to get her through her workouts. We drank good coffee, and I wanted a pancake to match: a cake that would be reliably tender, high in protein & low in gluten, one that could be whipped together in the time it took to get the griddle hot. I tinkered endlessly with dozens of grains and meals, with techniques, proportions, and temperatures. I scrawled notes across a half dozen legal pads - it looked like an alchemist was using my kitchen to turning lead into gold.
We ate good pancakes. The acrobat said she’d marry me.
The cakes were popular in our neighborhood brunches, and people kept asking for more. Eventually, the demand became unreasonable, and in 2015, Susanna, my tenacious mother, convinced me to start a business.
Long Table Pancakes are my loveletter to breakfast, to an acrobat, and to you. Enjoy.