Last week I borrowed Todd Wilbur’s “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2” book from the library. The Top Restaurant series is packed with “secret” recipes of countless popular restaurants. I’ve already created several knock-off recipes, including Red Robin Teriyaki Burgers, Outback Steak House Brown Bread and our favorite, IHOP Harvest Grain N Nut Pancakes. How were the Harvest Grain pancakes, and did they taste like the real thing?
IHOP Harvest Grain N Nut Pancake Ingredients:
(according to the book)
- Quaker Oats
- Whole Wheat Flour
- White Flour
- Whole Milk
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
The Secret Recipes website offers the full recipe for .79 cents online, or you can find the measurements in the actual cookbook.
This recipe does not take long to make, and is well worth the time. The most difficult part of the recipe involves grinding the Quaker Oats in to flour, which actually took me little to no time with my Ninja Master Prep. Other than that, the ingredients are pretty much all thrown in to a bowl and mixed well.
When I made my first batch of these I set the temperature to the normal setting I use for pancakes. I quickly found this to be far too high, resulting in burned pancakes that were raw in the middle. Once I turned the temperature to a very low setting, the pancakes browned perfectly. With the setting being low, however, the pancakes took longer to cook than other recipes I’ve used. Additionally, the batter for these pancakes is very thin. When you pour the batter in to the pan, only use a little and watch how much it spreads before adding more.
How did the pancakes turn out? Absolutely delicious and very near the real thing. They are not only fluffy, but have a wonderful light crunch from the nuts. My daughter asked for chocolate chips to be added to hers, which made them taste like Oatmeal Cookies.
Not only do I recommend trying out the Top Secret Restaurant Recipes cookbook series, but I especially recommend you try the IHOP Harvest pancakes. And for those oatmeal cookie lovers out there, throw in a few chocolate chips and be ready to indulge!