Monday 17 March 2014

Rosa Parks' Peanut Butter Pancakes

Rosa Parks, the famous black seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery Bus back in 1955, passed away in 2005.  Memorabilia, photos and personal papers were later found in her Detroit home.  After a six-year debate, Rosa Parks' personal items were put up on the auction block at Guernsey's in New York City. Included in the memorabilia were:  a postcard from Martin Luther King Jr., the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a handwritten recipe for peanut butter pancakes on the back of a Detroit National Bank deposit slip.  Given that Rosa Parks was born and raised in Alabama, a peanut-growing state, it is no surprise that she added peanut butter to her pancakes.  It is also no surprise that the recipe was written on the back of a bank slip, given that there were not the plethora of cookbooks sixty years ago that there are now.  Here is the recipe for these mouthwatering pancakes.

Rosa Parks' Featherlite Pancakes

1 cup flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar

1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup peanut butter melted
1 tbsp shortening or oil

Combine with dry ingredients.  Cook at 275 degrees Fahrenheit on griddle.
Note:  Featherlite refers to a type of self-rising flour.

Note:  For more information on Rosa Parks visit my post "On Rosa's Ride" at

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