Sunday, February 14, 2010

Spider-Man's Wheatcakes recipe

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.


Anonymous said...

Have you never made pancakes from scratch before? Those recipes are very similar to this--just with more refined, softer flour and no molasses.

Jeff said...

...thank you?

Anonymous said...

Sorry not meant to be insulting, just pointing out that the recipe might sound odd to you if you don't cook, but it's not disgusting and is quite common.

Jeff said...

I dunno. Molasses, the few times I've used it, seems to be pretty undesirable. And perhaps it's my unrefined tastes, but I've never been a fan of wheatcakes in general.

Richv1 said...

I have made these a few times are they taste great.
Aunt May makes them so they have to be good.

Unknown said...

Made these for breakfast it was delicou se

Jeff said...

I read that comment with an Italian accent.

Mocha Blast said...

I agree with OP. They sound gross. Molasses and sugar are not interchangeable. (I had to look this up because I’m replaying the PS4 game and it was driving me crazy,)

Unknown said...

Came from Spiderman 2018.

KayDay said...

Randomly jumping in because I found this while trying to make sure I had the recipe right -- in replacement of molasses, you can use a mixture of brown sugar and honey/maple syrup or dark corn syrup and honey/maple syrup. I prefer the sugar and maple syrup myself but that's just me.
I also have to sub whole wheat flour for a mixute of Gluten Free Flours because I'm celiac (Buckwheat is Gluten Free though if anyone needs to know that. I like mixing it with Brown Rice/Oat/Almond/Arrowroot for a hearty "whole wheat" feel if anyone needs that sub. )