I picked up the 1996 Untold Tales of Spider-Man annual a little while ago - there was a Spidey/Fantastic Four crossover I wanted to grab. This particular issue had a number of secondary features, but the one that stood out most to me was on the last page, which displayed the recipe to Aunt May's "famous" wheatcakes.
I've scanned a copy and have uploaded it here if for no other reason than I have NO IDEA why Stan Lee felt it prudent to incorporate this little bit into the Spider-Man mythos. Wheatcakes? Really? Now that I see the recipe laid out for me, I'm even more perplexed. It seems like they'd be disgusting. Is this what people ate in the 1950s and '60s? Did it help us defeat communism? Seriously, wheatcakes. I don't ever want to try them.
In case the scan isn't readable, here's the recipe, all written out-like:
May Parker's Famous Wheatcakes
Mix together: - 1 cup buckwheat flour - 1 cup sifted whole wheat flour - 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1 teaspoon salt
In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups buttermilk and 2 teaspoons molasses, then set aside.
Add to the four mix: - 2 beaten eggs - 1/4 cup melted butter - the buttermilk/molasses mixture
Whip 2 egg whites until stiff (but not dry!), then fold them into the batter gently until blended. Don't overmix!
Cook on a greased hot griddle or frying pan, until small bubbles appear on top. Then turn pancakes over, and cook until bottom is lightly browned. Serve hot, with butter and maple syrup.
I'd be really interested in seeing if anyone could possibly eat these, and what their opinion might be, or if this might be just a really long-running comic book joke.