100 Favorite Dishes: No. 89, Cause's Coca-Cola pancakes

Golden brown and packed with high fructose bubbles 
Golden brown and packed with high fructose bubbles 
Emily Weiss
Some call it pop, some who didn't grow up here call it soda, and some older generations call it soda pop. But the kooky cooks at Cause Spirits & Sound Bar call it an important part of pancake-making, and we think those pancakes are just cause to plan a trip to this bar for breakfast.

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The secret to a successful soup dumpling is to add a little club soda to the dry ingredients and let the carbonation react with the baking powder, creating some extra lightness in the dough. That's sort of the idea with these pancakes. A tablespoon or two of regular Coke goes into each pancake and the acid and carbonation in the pop immediately goes to work on the baking power and baking soda.

The resulting flapjack is light and airy, with a slightly crunchy caramelized top, and the faintest, donut-like taste of something familiar. If you didn't know that Coke was the culprit, you probably wouldn't be able to place it, but once you're aware, that background flavor is unmistakeable. It's clever chemistry at its breakfast best.

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3001 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


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