Pancakes. That’s how we marked special days. Birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day. They all began with a pancake breakfast. No one was more excited to sit down to a stack of pancakes served with fruit, homemade ice cream and real Canadian Maple Syrup than our father was. It wasn’t a gift he wanted come Father’s Day, it was a long family breakfast that filled you up for the day. In fact, I can count on my hand the number of times we bought him a Father’s Day gift; but I can’t remember a Father’s Day without pancakes, they’ve become a part of our tradition.
The last time we had a pancake breakfast was a month before our Father passed away. It was his birthday and sitting outside basking in the December summer sun, eating stacks of pancakes, I don’t think any of us thought for a second that this would be the last time we’d make him pancakes; or that a month later we’d be mourning him. There is little I wouldn’t do to get just one more chance to make him pancakes and I wish the perfect stack created for this article and pictured above was done right before handing them to him.
This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day that for many brings up different emotions. I’ve never understood that until now. Until I walked into stores and was confronted with their Father’s Day displays knowing that it was a day that would be marked by the absence of my father.
Instead of sharing anecdotes of dad wisdom or life we decided to share our classic Father’s Day pancake recipe, they’re not gluten free or vegan and don’t contain any super powders or flours. They’re a timeless recipe you’d find in an old family recipe book, handwritten, stained and passed down. So if your father, like ours, believes potatoes should be white not purple and beans belong nowhere near a brownie, we can guarantee that he’ll love these pancakes.
Feige is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to code things, design things, and all things beauty.