An unnatural disaster

We all screw up from time to time, or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself. But I’m really not sure it’s even possible for anyone else besides me to screw up like this. There are mishaps you can recover from (like Max’s temperature mistake) but then there are those where there’s no turning back and you’re stuck with…well, in this case, something disgusting.

It all started with my sudden craving for cottage cheese pancakes. Alright, so it wasn’t so sudden, I’ve been talking about it for weeks. When I was younger, I slept over at my best friend’s house basically every weekend (or vice versa) and her mom would make the best cottage cheese pancakes. Actually, said best friend was the one who introduced me to cottage cheese pancakes, initiating a relationship I like to refer to as “love at first sight,”…until now.

Well it’s been years since my cottage cheese pancake sleepovers and I’ve had a hankering, make that a yearning, for the gooey, sweet, and surprisingly delicious goodness that is the cottage cheese pancake. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Cottage cheese pancakes really don’t sound that good, Hillary. Well friend, I’m here to tell you that when done right, they really are. You wouldn’t know it, but something about them just plain works; they’re not gritty and awkward like you might expect. But, I do stress the words done right, as, um, er…some people can mess them up.

I found a great recipe on the site for Easy Cottage Cheese Pancakes. Holding up to its name, it really did sound easy and only called for a few ingredients. Here’s the recipe I saw:

6 eggs
1/2 C. cottage cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. flour
(Important: please finish reading before attempting this recipe.)

Simple, right? So I get cracking (literally, cracking the eggs was the first step).

I beat the eggs, pour in the flour, add a teaspoon of salt, and scoop in the cottage cheese. I stir, stir, stir, and I’m good to go.

Uh-oh, wait…this mixture looks a little thick. Am I going to be able to scoop it into 9 pancakes? Uh…sure, yea, maybe it’s supposed to be like this…

Ok yea, they’re scooping, and they’re frying nicely too. Everything’s fine….not to worry. Oh wait, tap tap, I need to flip them…why is it so hard?! Is the heat too high? Where’s my gooey mushiness?

The pancakes were hard as rocks, and frankly, really unattractive. I honestly had no idea what I did wrong until my mom re-read the recipe I used the next morning. In my half-conscious state in between reality and cottage cheese pancake nightmares (oh wait, they’re one in the same…) I hear my mom yell to me “Honey, you were supposed to use 1 1/2 cups of cottage cheese, and 1/2 C. flour, not the other way around!”


So here’s a closeup on my final product. Instead of gooey, creamy melt-in-your-mouth delicious pancakes, I came out with yellow hockey pucks speckled with cottage curds.

And here, is the correct recipe, without the excess flour, and without the lack of cottage cheese. I highly recommend you try it.

Easy Cottage Cheese Pancakes
6 eggs
1 1/2 C. cottage cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. flour

In a bowl, beat eggs then add other ingredients. If using blender or Kitchen Aid add ingredients in order. Don’t over mix. Heat greased skillet & turn when each side browns. Don’t worry too much about over or under cooking the pancake, you can tell when their done just like an average pancake. You’ll see how great they will turn out every time (Hillary’s note: unless you screw up the proportions)!

-Hillary, wishing everyone a Happy Bread Day
Editor, Recipe4Living

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  • JEP

    Isn’t fun to laugh at ourselves :) Joe at Culinary in the Desert has a cottage cheese pancake recipe posted today, too. Just wanted to say an extra thanks for always supporting my crazy ques. on SE!

  • Lydia

    Everyone makes cooking mistakes like this — they are the stuff of great stories years later! I hope you made them again, using the correct recipe, just to satisfy your craving!

  • Maxine

    “I came out with yellow hockey pucks speckled with cottage curds”

    hahaha! I know it’s frustrating when food doesn’t turn out as planned (especially when you’re hungry!), but this is pretty hilarious. And I don’t really feel bad laughing because I’m positive a similar occurrence will plague me soon enough. :)

  • Hillary

    JEP – Interesting time! Joe’s pancakes look MUCH better than mine. Hehe. And I always love your SE topics – they’re a pleasure to answer.

    Lydia – I should re-try, and I do plan to. Hopefully sometime this week! (I need to go out and buy more cottage cheese :) ).

    Maxine – Go ahead and laugh Ms. “celsius shmelsius.” Haha, just kidding, I totally laughed at myself too.

  • dianncy64

    Wow, I love pancakes, this looks good, I wonder if you can use ricotta cheese.

    Funny story about making pancakes, back when I was first married (1980) to my then husband, he insisted on pancakes, I told him pancakes were the only thing besides eggs over easy that I could not make. He insisted. I used a pancake mix, well I made them and served them to Joe, who to this day still sports a short beard trimmed to the face, with butter and syrup. I was in the kitchen cleaning when my mother started to laugh LOUD (not something she normally did) so I went to see and there was Joe with white powder POOFED ON HIS FACE!! and the biggest scowl you’d could imagine. Apparently I didn’t mix it well because when he took a bite the dry ingredients POOFED onto his face, all over his beard. HAHAHAHAHAHa …. Needless to say I have learned to mix all my batters better and though my pancakes are not that great, they no longer poof back in your face after a bite. hahahahahahahahaha

  • Hillary

    Dianncy – that is pretty funny! I could see that happening to me if I used the dry mix. Maybe try using the pre-made wet mix that you refrigerate. We often use Aunt Jemima’s version to make pancakes and it doesn’t get much easier than that!

  • dianncy64

    I use my new kitchen aide mixer (I mix everything with it now sometimes I get a little ridiculous but I love it) and no more dry ingredients poofing.

    I Like aunt Jemiima anything, but not the pre-made wet mix. The weekend magaizine in the Sunday newspaper had a recipe for homemade pancakes, I’ve made it a few times, pretty good too. I just made the raspberry honey tarts, very very very good, so after I clean the kitchen and after I start dinner, I’ll get it out and post it, maybe no later than tomorrow, I promise. And Hillary thank your for your suggestion, when I go grocery shopping, I’ll pick it up. My new husband loves pancakes too and I’m sure he’ll appreciate your suggestion. He laughed when I first told him about my pancake disaster, it is still funny.

  • dianncy64

    Hillary I meant to say I have NEVER tried the Aunt Jemima pre-made wet mix, NOT that I don’t like it, I’ve never tried it and am intrigued to give in a try. Sorry about that :)

  • tigerfish

    that’s why I can’t bake! :O

  • Dina

    i LOVE it! We all make mistakes but yours actually still looks good!

  • Anna

    Did they taste bad? I am in the Julia Child school of thought that most kitchen mistakes can be fixed (especially if no one is looking). Everything tastes good when doused with maple syrup and fruit. That said, I am excited to try the cottage cheese pancake recipe. They sound soooo good.

  • Hillary

    Dianncy – That’s alright! You should try it.

    Tigerfish – Hehe, this wasn’t baking. But I can’t bake either!

    Dina – Haha thanks but unfortunately if you tasted it, it wasn’t.

    Anna – In a word, YES! They were salty and hard and altogether nasty.

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