Fluffy, light pancakes bursting with peanut butter flavor and a history lesson to boot. Whip up a batch of Rosa Parks’s Peanut Butter Pancakes this weekend!
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate all the achievements of African Americans. One of the most famous women central to the Civil Rights Movement is Rosa Parks, the seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955. Her act no only spurred a city-wide bus boycott but also helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Parks’s handwritten recipe for Featherlite Pancakes. Photo: Guernseys
This month as we teach our children about the amazing men and women who helped shape our nation, why not start the conversation over breakfast. A breakfast Rosa Parks likely ate herself! Discovered in Rosa Park’s home among her things was this recipe for Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes. The original is written in her handwriting on the back of an envelope.
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cup milk
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil or melted shortening
- Mix together egg, milk and peanut butter with a fork till smooth.
- Add dry ingredients and stir. Do not over mix or your pancakes will be really dense.
- Lightly coat griddle or skillet with oil and heat it over medium-high heat.
- Drop batter onto the griddle and cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook a few minutes more.
This Saturday (2/4) is Rosa Parks birthday. Celebrate by whipping up a batch of her Peanut Butter Pancakes. I like to make mine silver dollar size for my kids but you are welcome to make them standard size. Top with warm maple syrup or make them extra filling and spread more peanut butter on top!
Need more pancake ideas? Try these Greek Yogurt Pancakes!