Note from Rose: I got this recipe from an Englisch friend who makes these pancakes in a blender. That way, you don’t have to grind the wheat separately. Since we Amish don’t use electricity, I have included the blender recipe first and the non-electric recipe second.

INGREDIENTS
1½ cups buttermilk
1 cup whole-wheat kernels OR if you aren’t using
a blender, 1½ cups whole-wheat flour
3 Tablespoons cornmeal
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon Rumford baking powder (This
brand makes a difference. Without it, add
another Tablespoon of cornmeal.)

IN THE BLENDER
Step 1: Have a hot griddle greased and ready.

Step 2: Put the buttermilk in the blender and turn the blender to the highest speed. Slowly pour the whole wheat kernels into the blender. It will sound like popcorn popping. Blend until the popping sound is gone. Add cornmeal, eggs, honey, and salt.

Step 3: After mixing well, add baking soda and baking powder and blend for 20 seconds. The batter will rise fast!

BY HAND
Step 1: Have a hot griddle greased and ready.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, mix the buttermilk and whole-wheat flour. Add cornmeal, eggs, honey, and salt.

Step 3: After mixing well, add baking soda and baking powder and mix for 20 seconds. The batter will rise fast!

Makes about twelve pancakes.

 

Affectionately dubbed The Honeybee Sisters in their Wisconsin Amish community, the three Christner girls are devoted beekeepers who are coming-of-age—and discovering the sweet surprise of love…

Shy, skittish Rose Christner is more comfortable tending to the beehives on the family farm and keeping her aunt’s unruly cats in line than attending social gatherings with the rest of the die youngie. A childhood trauma and secret shame keep her heart under lock and key, and Rose just can’t accept the sweet attention she’s receiving from a handsome neighbor. But the more she shies away from Josiah Yoder, the more their families sneakily plot to bring them together. And when a vandal who’s been plaguing the Honeybee Farm starts targeting Rose, Josiah’s steadfast protection—and patience—just may lead her into his waiting arms…

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“Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” —Publishers Weekly

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