Mar 10, 2013

Author Food From Fiction: Kevin Emerson's Pancakes

Welcome everyone to my stop on The Fellowship for Alien Detection Blog Tour!  Today I have the pleasure of hosting the author himself Kevin Emerson.  He is going to share with you how important pancakes are to the main characters of his book and to everyone who is on an adventure! 

The most important food in THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION (and, arguably in all road trip adventures) is breakfast, specifically pancakes. Haley and Dodger dream about them as they hurtle across the country by car and by... other means of transit.

Pancakes are maybe my favorite thing to cook. They are the perfect fuel for adventure, and I make them almost every weekend. I've spent years trying to create a healthy whole-grain version that also tastes enough like the old-school diner variety that it still seems like a treat, not a burden. After many failed experiments, I've settled on this adventure-worthy recipe.

If you make these into alien-heads or flying saucer shapes, even better! (and please send me a photo if you do!)

Adventurer's Pancakes (the perfect point between Lembas bread and an all-night truck stop) 
by Kevin Emerson 

This recipe uses buttermilk, and is based on a recipe from Williams-Sonoma. The concept of buttermilk freaked me out, until I tried it, and realized it is the 42 of pancake success. 

Dry Goods (2 Cups) (you can play with this part any way you like. Pancakes can take nearly any kind of flour/meal.)
1/2 cup whole wheat (or white) flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oat bran or whole grain oats
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup almond meal
2 tsp baking powder (be generous, whole grains need extra oomph for lift-off)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Wet Goods
2 cups (or close enough) buttermilk
2 eggs (or egg white or egg substitute)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Mix all the dry goods together. Add the wet goods. Mix until just smooth. Cook. Serve as fast as possible with butter and syrup.
Feel free to add nuts, blueberries, chocolate chips, pre-cooked bacon, etc., on the griddle.

Make these pancakes, then go on an adventure! Or curl up and read THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION.

Thanks for visiting today Kevin and good luck on your book!
(watch for my review in a couple weeks!)


  1. Oh fun! I love this. Great post.

  2. i love using buttermilk instead of milk to give things a bit of an extra kick. i'll have to try this recipe sometime.