My childhood dog was an Airedale terrier named Muggs, to whom I dedicated my book. She loved pancakes more than any other food, and, in fact, her last meal was “hotcakes,” as my mother calls them. My current dog, Comet, was cut from the same cloth apparently, because she loves pancakes as well; in our house, Sunday is Pancake Day, and I know it is Comet’s favorite day of the week. I am not above stealing from my own life for my books, so it was a no-brainer for me to give Enzo, the narrator of The Art of Racing in the Rain, this passion for pancakes.
When trying to think of a recipe that reflected some part of my book, I had to go with our Sunday pancakes. Enzo has some dietary peculiarities: he loves pancakes and bananas; peperoncini upsets his stomach; he enjoys cookie batter when he can get it. If you want to go completely crazy with these pancakes, add a mashed banana — Enzo’s second favorite food!
My wife, Drella, and I discovered this recipe many years ago, when our two older boys were on a gluten- and casein-free diet. We absolutely loved the flavor of all the different flours. Several years ago, after my kids were liberated from their dietary restrictions, we kept making this recipe though we now usually use cow’s milk and real eggs instead of their substitutes. Still, these pancakes can go either way and are equally delicious.
If you try this recipe, I hope you keep in mind the tastes of your personal Enzo — dogs love pancakes!
Reprinted from Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson — a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings, and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Adams, 2011).