Pancakes: Think Outside the Box

Banana on Pancake

Pancakes made with yogurt

So…It’s a Sunday morning, and your kids want pancakes. You walk into the kitchen, pick up your box of pancake mix and see that it’s empty. You panic, but then the Self-Cooking Tablecloth comes to the rescue. No box needed.

Here’s a simple Russian recipe for pancakes.

Use it as is or experiment. More flour (or less yogurt) means thicker pancakes. Less flour (or more yogurt) means thinner pancakes. You can use plain yogurt or flavored. If you use flavored, you probably need less sugar. Beware: If you use blueberry yogurt, your pancakes turn a really weird color. Purple pancakes, anyone?


1 cup of kefir or yogurt (in Russia, kefir used to be more popular than yogurt)

1 egg

¼ cup sugar

1 cup of flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons of white vinegar (or lemon juice)


  1. Beat the egg with sugar, add yogurt, add flour.
  2. Now comes that weird Russian step. Everyone in Russia does this when baking: Put baking soda in a large spoon (a tablespoon would work) and pour vinegar (or lemon juice) in it. When it fizzes, quickly pour it into the dough and mix. This step helps makes the dough softer and fluffier.
  3. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes (or less if your kids whine that they are starving).
  4. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Scoop the batter onto the pan using a tablespoon. Brown on both sides.
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