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11.21.2015

Our ancestors were sturdy: Datch Recipe

A few years back I stumbled upon {what I mean is I took that book home to keep}a family cook book at my parents’ house that was put together by a very dedicated women who was passionate about making sure that my dad’s side of the family, “family traditions” would be remembered and shared. She mentioned in the Editor’s Note that the struggle was long and hard in getting this project to come to life. I am so thankful that "life" didn't stop her from completing it. Years and more children later she was able to put this cookbook into print. It is a bound book full of the wonderful recipes that brought families  together through; celebration, mourning, pain, sorrow , loneliness, joy, love, and holidays. I am learning as I get older ;) that these are the memories and feelings I want my girls to remember when they are older. Foods and smells always bring us back to a special memory. Sometimes it’s a powerful testimony that the family rallied together for and others just a normal Saturday breakfast. My sweet relative wrote; “Our ancestors were sturdy, God fearing people and it has trickled down through the generations.” YES! I want my girls to look back and remember our family as God fearing. I wanted to share a recipe that I grew up eating and hearing so many stories about. Every time we had my dad’s family in town- this is what we would serve. Never missed the opportunity to love each other without it. Today, my girls request this at least twice a week and love hearing the stories I share from my childhood. 


Datch:
3c flour
3 eggs
1tsp salt
1/2 -3/4 c milk
Things I have added to spice it up
1tbp vanilla
1drop cinnamon bark oil

Instructions:
Combine eggs, salt and flour. Blend well until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk slowly and stir enough to make  a thick batter. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on high heat. 1/4 inch of oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pan and then some. Turn heat down a tad and carefully pour the batter into the pan and fry. Spread it out like a giant pancake. With a large flipper , carefully turn the dough over. Cook each side until they are golden brown. When both sides are golden brown, use your flipper, or as a clean can (with holes poked at the top) to chop the dough into large crumbles. 

Serve hot with your favorite breakfast sides. Traditions have it that canned peaches, pears, applesauce, syrup, cheese slices, bacon, and sausage are common favorites. 

This will easily feed 4-5 people.

My girls love it with just a little syrup. 

Enjoy sweet friends!