With a Few Simple Ingredients, You, Too, Can Prepare the Pancakes of Rosa Parks

In 2011, a cache of personal papers, photographs, and memorabilia was discovered in the Detroit house, where Rosa Parks spent the last years of her life. Among her personal papers, a recipe was found, scribbled on the back of an envelope, for Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes. Here is the recipe as it appears on the envelope:


1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon shortening or oil (for the pan)


1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, blend the egg, milk, and peanut butter together until smooth.

3. Combine the dry and wet mixtures. To keep the pancakes tender, don't over mix.

4. Add the oil or shortening to a hot griddle or frying pan (Ms. Parks specified 275 degrees Fahrenheit).

5. Cook for about 60 seconds on each side.

6. Enjoy with maple syrup, honey, or a dollop of jam.

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