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Catholic Recipe: Car Cakes


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Prep Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: England, Scotland


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Also Called: Pancakes

The English and Scotch were equally thrifty when they saw days ahead in which no milk nor cheese nor eggs would be allowed. They made a platter of pancakes or Car Cakes. Flesh meat has always been forbidden during Lent, but in many years this prohibition included all things which came from flesh. The pancakes cleaned out many an English pantry because everybody from baby to grandmother loved them. We make them very thin and as large as the old iron skillet. They hold more syrup that way and are less greasy.


Beat eggs and sugar. Add milk and sifted dry ingredients alternately. Stir in butter and vanilla. Fry in large iron skillet.

This makes a sweet pancake, good served with fruit or jam. Omit the sugar and vanilla for a plainer dish; use four eggs, one cup milk and three tablespoons sugar for a dessert.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999