Saturday, June 5, 2010

Humidity is a Bitch

Living in Southwestern Ontario, you get used to humidity. There are days where you'd swear you were slogging through the rain forests of Borneo; you pray for rain to fall so the torture will finally end.

Today is one of those days.

While it's not especially hot out (currently 18 degrees Celsius), the humidity is at 96%. This means that you are sweaty and sticky without actually being hot. Very disconcerting. It also tends to have some other unexpected side effects. For example, this morning I thought I'd treat myself to some homemade pancakes. I've made this same recipe with the same ingredients dozens of times, but this is the first time the batter has looked like this:

Not it's usual consistency. That probably should have clued me into the fact that something was wrong, but I double-checked my ingredients and measurements and all seemed fine, so I decided to plow ahead. When I plopped the too-thick batter on to the frying pan, it just sorta sat there, taunting me:

Looks really appetizing, doesn't it? Mmmmm! It refused to bubble on top which gave me pause, but I persevered and ended up with these lovely pan-biscuits:

They sorta look like toasted crumpets. Fortunately they tasted fine, although a bit filling, so it wasn't a complete failure, but from an aesthetic standpoint I think I'll wait for better weather before trying this for company.


kendall said...

I should probably mention I used whole wheat flour--that would help to explain the colour at least...

Mindy said...

Have you made them with whole wheat flour before? I find that whole wheat flour does not last very long in your cupboard and then does funny things when you try to make stuff with it. And sometimes it just doesn't do the same thing a white flour anyways.

kendall said...

I always use whole wheat flour--I don't even have white flour--but maybe it's time to replace it. Even though it's being stored in an air-tight, Tupperware Modular Mates container ;)