Rosa Parks' "featherlite pancakes"

Recently, the Library of Congress released some of Rosa Parks' personal papers, photographs and letters. Among these treasures was her recipe for "Featherlite...

By: Anna Decker / 02/28/2016

In the Marley Spoon test kitchen, we occasionally like to kick off the morning with a good stack of fluffy pancakes, so we decided to give Rosa's recipe a spin. The result? Perfect pillow-soft clouds of peanutbuttery goodness. The extra baking powder is what makes these so wonderfully "featherlite." Her handwritten recipe shows a list of ingredients and simply says "Combine with dry ingredients. Cook at 275° F on griddle." For easier viewing, we've broken down the recipe below. Enjoy!

Rosa Parks Featherlite Pancakes Photo: Library of Congress

What you'll need:

1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cups whole milk 1/3 cup peanut butter (we used Brooklyn Larder's) 1 tablespoon shortening, melted, or any neutral oil, like canola

Recipe Steps:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Mix egg, milk and peanut butter in separate bowl.

  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined - don't over mix. A few small lumps are ok.

  4. Wipe skillet with a little oil just to grease it and heat pan over medium heat.

  5. Measure out batter with 1/4 cup measurer and pour onto pan. Cook for about 2 minutes until bubbles form around the edges. Use a spatula to gently flip over. Cook for 2 or so minutes, until golden brown.

  6. Repeat with remainder of batter.

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