David Eyre's Pancake Redux


Back in April 2005, I wrote about the David Eyre's pancake, which was the subject of Amanda Hesser's "Recipe Redux" column in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. In the Times piece, Hesser revisits the 1960s era recipe -- quite possibly my favorite sweet breakfast treat -- and asks chef chef Ana Sortun, of Oleana in Cambridge, Massachusetts to recast it for the 21st century (it becomes the inspiration for a savory chicken popover).

The article got me inspired to not only make the oven-baked pancake again this weekend -- still fantastic as ever -- but also to revisit my old post and highlight one of the comments, which popped up about a year later. Amazingly, Emma Eyre, granddaughter of David Eyre, serendipitously found her way to this site and shared a comment about the pancake, her grandfather's fame, and the pancake's storied role in her family history:

My grandfather is David W. Eyre, who 'made up' the recipe (he admits that he combined a couple of other pop-over and german pancake recipes). He's 94 years old now and doesn't know much about the internet, but was THRILLED to read all the comments about the pancake on this site when I printed it out for him. How exciting that people were still making this delicious thing -- and having such a sweet connection to his name! In our family, we still eat it a few times a year -- but my dad is the main chef now. When I was a little girl, my dad told me that the recipe was secret and only passed down to the male members of the family (he probably said that to my ruffle budding feminist feathers!). After three girls, a boy was finally born and my pop said "Thank heavens, the recipe will survive!" But by then, I had seen and copied down the framed copy of the NY Times recipe framed in my grandfather's kitchen... Warm aloha from Emma.

»"David Eyre's Pancake" [The Food Section]
»"1966: David Eyre’s Pancake" [New York Times Magazine]



That is so great that David Eyre got to see your post and all the comments. I love the internet.


I learned about the 'Eyre'pancake 30 years ago when my not yet mother-in-law made it for brunch. We've since made it a family staple and our kids love it. I've used the recipe for yorkshire pudding and it worked in a pinch. As soon as I saw Eyre in the article I knew exactly what it was. My inlaws are both gone now but it brought back a warm memory. Thanks


My grandfather died last week. Here's a link to his obituary: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008802020330


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