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What a Hoot: Hootenanny Pancakes Recipe

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March 4, 2013

I am always on the lookout for fun recipes that are both simple and tasty. Any recipe that lets me get the kids in the kitchen is a real winner – and these Hootenanny Pancakes win a blue ribbon in the fun, tasty, and kid-friendly department. This recipe is so simple to make that your children will be able to help out with little hassle. Another bonus is that you already probably have most of the ingredients on hand. So what exactly is a Hootenanny Pancake and where did it get its name?

What does Hootenanny mean?

Hootenanny is a Scottish term that means “party”. The use of the word hootenanny to describe these pancakes is spot on. Hootenanny pancakes are sometimes referred to as Dutch pancakes, volcano pancakes, Dutch babies, or oven pancakes. Many areas of the Appalachian Mountains were heavily inhabited by the Scottish. This makes it no surprise that the roots of the Hootenanny pancake comes from the Appalachian Mountains.

What’s so special about Hootenanny Pancakes?

When you bake your first batch you will be in for a real surprise. Be sure to turn on the oven light about halfway through baking and let the kids watch through the oven window. The batter will rise up like a volcano on the edges, but they won’t spill over. Your dish will look different every time you make it, making it all the more fun. Sometimes the sides are higher, other times you get little mounds in the center. The recipe itself tastes like a mix between pancakes and french toast so is definitely kid-approved.

So let’s get cooking!

Hootenanny Pancake Recipe


  • 1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 eggs


Preheat oven to 425. Meanwhile, put the 1/2 stick of butter in a 9×13 pan and melt it in the oven while it preheats. In a bowl mix flour, milk and salt. Add in the eggs and beat thoroughly. Remove the pan from the oven that now has the melted butter in the bottom. Pour the batter over the melted butter and place in oven. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.


You can serve your Hootenanny pancakes with any of your favorite pancake or french toast toppings. Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fruit jams
  • Honey
  • Chocolate Syrup

This recipe is one that your whole family will enjoy and is so simple to make. Have you ever made Hootenanny Pancakes? What are they called at your house?

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