Every gourmet dish at The Original Pancake House is cooked in the highest quality clarified butter. We do not have any Pam, Vegetable oil, or imitation butter - flavored cooking oil. We take 55 pound blocks of 93 score butter and melt it down at a very low temperature. When completely melted the butter separates into three layers: a layer of fat on the bottom, a layer of oil in the center, and a layer of fat on the top. The top layer of fat is expertly skimmed off and discarded, then the oil is dipped out of the middle and the remaining layer of fat is discarded. The layer of oil in the center is the clarified butter. It is a type of oil used in cooking that has many benefits. Clarified butter does not turn brown when cooked, it maintains the flavor of butter, and it is much healthier than butter that is not clarified.
Many of our batters have peanut oil in them, and our home fries are cooked in peanut oil. Peanut oil is about 50% Monounsaturated oil. Monounsaturated fats are known to help reduce the levels of LDL (the bad) cholesterol. Peanut oil is also about 30% Polyunsaturated which is also considered relatively healthy. Polyunsaturated oils have been found to be particularly beneficial to coronary health (purportedly lowering the bad LDL cholesterol and elevating the good HDL) as well as to brain growth and development.
Protein & Low Fat
You just can’t get a much higher protein and low carb meal than one of our omelettes. We will even make it egg whites only for you. Of course, we only use real eggs and separate the whites from the yolks to order.
Our buttermilk pancakes are low fat. We make them from scratch using a low fat powdered buttermilk, and a low fat powdered skim milk. We also only use hardwheat unbleached flour.
We only use the highest quality ingredients on the market. For example we only use Arm & Hammer baking soda, and Calumet baking powder.
We don’t have grape jelly. You have come to the wrong restaurant if grape jelly is what you are looking for. We only buy the finest quality (Dickenson) preserves on the market. We have strawberry, blackberry, and red raspberry.
We serve White House apple juice and apple sauce. We only buy Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Our tomato juice is Sacramento. And we are serving Bob’s Red Mill thick rolled oatmeal.
All of our meats are Hormel brand and black label.
Everything we do at The Original Pancake House is done with all natural ingredients. Even the toast we serve you is bread that a local baker bakes just for us with no preservatives added to it. We have it delivered almost everyday so that it is fresh, and when it is served to you we lather it with a thin layer of real 96 score whipped butter that we whipped.
We slice fresh ripe melon, strawberries, and bananas everyday. We make whipped cream with real heavy cream every morning.
Orange Juice at The Original Pancake House is freshly squeezed each morning in - house. On average it takes Between 5 and 8 oranges to make a single glass of juice. We never purchase bottled or pre-squeezed juice that is labeled “fresh squeezed”; we only purchase cases of fresh oranges. In the winter season the juice may not taste as sweet as the summer juice, but this is because we never add sweeteners or other products to our juice. Everyday it is simply crisp, freshly squeezed juice right from the oranges.
At The Original Pancake House we serve our eggs fresh from the farm. This means that the eggs we serve are laid and supplied by a local farmer. We then crack each egg by hand right before we serve it to you because we feel that it is important that even your scrambled eggs do not come out of the shell too long before they are served. Unlike some restaurants that buy eggs pre-cracked and packaged in large plastic bags, we crack over 600 dozen eggs per week. That leaves us with a lot of empty shells and you with the freshest breakfast possible.
Pancakes from The Original Pancake House are an exceptional treat. Like all of our creations, the buttermilk pancakes are made 100% from scratch.
Pancakes this delicious have to be started days in advance.The process begins with sour starter, a key ingredient in many baking recipes. We make our own sour starter in-house using potatoes, water, flour, sugar and yeast. With the exact amounts of these ingredients, and the exact temperatures we create our sour starter that has to sit for days and days, to work its magic, before we use it.
The buttermilk batter is mixed by hand in an extra large bowl with an extra large whip. Then, we activate the batter with our own sour starter, fresh whipped eggs, and yeast. This activation creates a chemical reaction that causes the batter to bubble and fester all day long.
The batter rises on the grill and makes the lightest, fluffiest, melt in your mouth pancakes you have ever tasted. There is no such thing as an Original Pancake House pancake mix - you simply can’t get pancakes this delicious from a box!
The Apple Pancake is a dish very unique to The Original Pancake House that takes over an hour to cook.
We peel and slice fresh, tart and tangy Granny Smith apples. The apples are placed in an eight inch skillet and lightly sauteed in clarified butter. Next, the egg based German batter is added from a batch that was made fresh that morning. The skillet is then placed in a 200 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. At this temperature the German batter will solidify, but will not bake. Then the skillet is removed from the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, the pancake is flipped over and baked in a 450 degree oven.
At this point the German batter will rise in the skillet as it bakes and the cinnamon sugar mixture on the bottom begins to caramelize. After approximately 15 minutes of bake time the Apple Pancake is flipped back over onto a plate, and served.
The Apple Pancake is very large when it comes out of the oven, but after it is served, it will shrink on your plate right before your eyes as it cools. Even though it takes over an hour to prepare one of these pancakes, we are always baking one; so it should not be much more than 10 to 15 minutes before you can enjoy your fresh Apple Pancake after it is ordered.