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Poor Man’s Pancakes – 3 Ingredients | HARD TIMES

February 20, 2020


  • Reply mslvc2011 February 18, 2020 at 12:47 am

    My best "poor man's food" invention is Cream of Bean soup. It's just refried beans used as a soup base. Add water, seasoning, oil, vegetables, ramen, and/or whatever you have. You cannot go wrong with it. I sometimes use potato flakes and some milk to make it like potato soup.

  • Reply Hailey k February 18, 2020 at 12:59 am

    My granny was from a poor southern household and she called it fried bread. It's amazing with white gravy or sausage gravy and fried eggs. brings back memories.

  • Reply Serena James February 18, 2020 at 1:09 am

    I never use eggs in my pancakes I make them this way but with fresh milk

  • Reply Serena James February 18, 2020 at 1:11 am

    These are traditional pan cake day uk pancake

  • Reply SoufThurG February 18, 2020 at 1:32 am

    If you are a mother your kids probably call you Paul Bocuse

  • Reply SSanf February 18, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Poor man's pancakes. Self-rising four and water.

  • Reply Keet Randling February 18, 2020 at 1:38 am

    The joy on your face over this simple thing.
    Ahhh, this is what life ought to be

  • Reply Santiago Sotelo February 18, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Wait so my pancakes are not traditional? Just poor man?

  • Reply Francesca Montalbano February 18, 2020 at 1:53 am

    Do you have to use dried milk powder???

  • Reply Gayle February 18, 2020 at 1:58 am

    I'm not big on mac& cheese either

  • Reply Evy Edelman February 18, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Emmy: Love the handled, spouted container you used to mix and pour the pancake mix, where did you find it? Is it ceramic or tin?

  • Reply Ashley Nebel February 18, 2020 at 2:05 am

    All your videos buffer, stop, the words don’t line up with your mouth?? Only your channel does this. I keep trying to reach out to see why. I guess I’ll contact Youtube.

  • Reply Babylovesnot February 18, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Love that shirt! You really are like the Mr. Rogers of YouTube!

  • Reply Sara February 18, 2020 at 2:31 am

    I grew up with poor man's syrup! Mom just boiled water and sugar then added maple flavor. LOL it was water thin! The pancakes just drank it up! The first time I had log cabin syrup my world was changed!
    Lol we also grew up on powered milk! I don't miss any of these!

  • Reply Beverly Hitchcock February 18, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Wonder how it would work with gf flour? It's so hard to get the leavening right in gf baked goods. But with these being unleavened I'm thinking it just may work!

  • Reply Vault Girl420 February 18, 2020 at 3:13 am


  • Reply littlepinkhousefly February 18, 2020 at 3:19 am

    The mac-n-cheese one would probably be better with less sweet pancakes, maybe?
    I'd love to see what you could do with grain-free pancakes.

  • Reply Michelle K. February 18, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Nutella would go good on it or adding chocolate chips in the batter.

  • Reply Wolfie SilverMoon February 18, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Mac n cheese doriyaki

  • Reply Victoria T February 18, 2020 at 3:42 am

    In the 90s, my mom made what she called “poor man’s hamburger helper” which was a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese with a half pound of cooked and crumbled ground beef. She made this when Kraft would go on sale for 10/$1 because actual Hamburger Helper never went on that low of a sale. Ground beef was much cheaper than it is now.

    She made “poor man’s jambalaya” which wasn’t authentic at all but I still make it. 1 sausage link (10-12 ounces) sliced and fried in a pan. 1 can of chili beans poured over. Served over white rice. Simple and cheap and filling.

    And finally, she made “poor man’s shepherd’s pie” which was cooked and crumbled ground beef. A can of sweet peas (drained) mixed in. She would put that in a casserole dish and top with homemade mashed potatoes and bake until crispy on top. Or we would just put the potatoes in a bowl and add the beef and peas over (when she was too tired to wait for the oven). My dad and us kids always put ketchup on it.

    She was an excellent budgeter and couponer and kept us pretty well-fed on a really, really tight budget. Especially considering my dad being a super picky eater.

  • Reply Rhyperior Ranger February 18, 2020 at 3:46 am


  • Reply GhostFiire357 February 18, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Love the shirt. Mr. Rogers is the best.

  • Reply just me Wood February 18, 2020 at 3:53 am

    I made them this morning and it didn’t go so well… 😂

  • Reply Max The Ocean Guy February 18, 2020 at 3:59 am

    That looks really sad

  • Reply BLUESROCKBBQ AND HOT ROD SHOP. February 18, 2020 at 4:07 am

    I got a hard times recipe for you emmy, its called a flying filet of fuck. its a real thing trust me! feed 10 people for 10$

  • Reply john sims February 18, 2020 at 4:12 am

    I HATE your "hard times" shit for one reason. For BLACK MEN IN AMERICA it's always hard times. … [email protected] … I DARE YOU TO send email. BTW otherwise I love your posts. Keep it up. More Japanese internment camps cooking would help.

  • Reply Lucy Holmes February 18, 2020 at 4:17 am

    My mum “hacks” her pancake recipe by using (gluten free) self-raising flour, egg and Jalna vanilla yogurt. Jalna contains no sugar but is sweetened with a little apple juice. Thin with milk if needed. Makes perfect little pancakes with no added cane sugar. I like to put Vegemite or Promite on my pancakes rather than sweet toppings 😂

  • Reply hanisusofou February 18, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Flour+Sugar+Water=Lempeng (if it's thin) / [email protected] (if it's thick enough)

  • Reply Oilchange 6 February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Where I'm from we just call 'em
    po' cakes

  • Reply Gustav Gnöttgen February 18, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Fun fact: that's the kind of wrap used for (most?) spring rolls.
    Use sesame oil! 😋

  • Reply Jillian Jacques February 18, 2020 at 5:51 am

    French crepes also don’t use anything that aides the rising process as they’re meant to be quite thin. I’m not sure how these would taste in comparison though as crepes still have WAY more ingredients.

  • Reply Tam M February 18, 2020 at 5:59 am

    My family raised chickens for eggs, and we never put sugar in the batter of ours. Unleavened ones at our house were cornmeal, and home grown goat's milk and egg. But we usually leavened ours, since it was the only ingredient we needed to buy very often. We ground our own cornmeal from field corn we bought, which was pretty cheap.

  • Reply kingdomhearts February 18, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Those look good tbh, I would just lower the amount of sugar.

  • Reply B D February 18, 2020 at 6:31 am

    4 ingredients* ? Am I crazy?

  • Reply yaycobbb February 18, 2020 at 6:50 am

    luv u, emmy ♥

  • Reply WarriorAngels1 February 18, 2020 at 7:17 am

    I would put the Mac & Chezze on the plate next to those delicious pancakes , they would be good … ah i have spaghetti and waffles – i will go and munch on those – close enough – I Like You Just The Way You Are – it is a Billy Joel song … Mister Rogers is portrayed by Tom Hank …. but i have not seen it …. Cute ponytails .

  • Reply Nicole Lollipops February 18, 2020 at 7:21 am

    I knew she didn’t like Mac n cheese from the product she chose lol just love Emmy ❤️

  • Reply Tser February 18, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Superb shirt :> Also, this is my favorite of your series.

  • Reply Worm Driver February 18, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Emmy: "Remember that song?"

    Me: "Peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat"

    Emmy: "That's what I like in my belly"

    Me: "Wait whut"

  • Reply Cobbiant Miguel February 18, 2020 at 7:32 am

    The macaronni one 🤮🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply thewuurm February 18, 2020 at 9:25 am

    It took me a few seconds to recognize whose face Emmy had on her shirt, and for those few seconds all I could think was "why does she have Dick Nixon's face on her chest"

    I need to go to bed

  • Reply Barbara Van der Westhuizen February 18, 2020 at 9:40 am

    These pancakes look so sad & depressing.

  • Reply Ruth E. February 18, 2020 at 10:03 am

    📯 :>

  • Reply The Mr_Dr_Metroid February 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Never get tired of watching your content Emmy! <3

  • Reply Melisha Lin February 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    It's really good, my grandma used to make this alot. And someday if I want a pancake, I'll do this. But I'll make it smaller and thicker. Get them really crispy. And it's sweet. Good snack.

  • Reply TheCotzi February 18, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    My Pancakes are banana oatmeal and carbonated water

  • Reply Metal Martha February 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    When I was a child my mom used to make big fluffy pancakes and always put cheese whiz on them instead of butter LOL definitely an acquired taste Emmy lol

  • Reply Angela Ricci February 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Emmy, my mom used to make what she called Italian Pancakes. she mixed 1 cup flour, 1 egg. a little milk or water. She poured one big pancake into a cast iron frying pan and when it bubbled she flipped it. Then she sprinkled salt on it. it became nice and brown, not burnt. Then into a dish it went. We ripped it apart and could not wait for the next one. NO SYRUP!

  • Reply John and Jane Smith February 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    That sounds good peanut butter and jelly pancakes ….Emmy I have apple cinnamon and chocolate chip pancakes in my recipes

  • Reply H Benny February 18, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    didn't you have a series where you tried everyone's "weird" combinations? If so, as a chunky kid, i had several i loved that now sound revolting but my favorite was a cold hot dog on a bun, with a piece of kraft single cheese and bacos, smushed the crap out of it – surprisingly, didn't dip it in anything, but loved that.

    I also loved having the little reese minis with cheese puffs.

    Boy o boy, that brings my fat kid younger self out.

  • Reply Vera theBanana February 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I actually cringed when the recipe called for a cup of sugar. A cup! When I make pancakes I use 2 cups of flour and even then when I add a THIRD of a cup of sugar they turn out super sweet.

  • Reply Eryani Lim February 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    My family thin pancake-crepe recipe inc garlic. So flour, egg, sugar(enough sweet), a pinch of salt n minced garlic. It's not the best for ur breath early in the morning but YUM! For me that is.. hehe..

  • Reply D. Courteau February 18, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    How do you cook chicken gizzards? Do you just fry them? Or boil before frying? How long do you cook them for? Advice please! Thanks! 🙏🏼

  • Reply Greta Moreira February 18, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I lived in one of the poorest States in Brazil, and here we have an similar recipe, but we use whole milk because it's an countryside recipe, and powder milk is expensive. Here we call bruaca.

  • Reply Articulate Chav February 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    There's a thing in the UK called Bread & Butter pudding (think it comes from the days of WWII rationing) which we used to have as kids up North back in the day.
    Slices of white bread with the crust cut off, spread butter on both side of several slices. Layer the bread in a baking tin… like lasagna… with currants in between each layer. Poor milk over it so that it soaks into the bread and bake for about 10-15mins or so.

  • Reply Laura Reyes February 18, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    We call them tortas but no milk just water and flower with a lil bit of sugar. My mom would make syrup with sugar and some lemon zest the best

  • Reply creamycherrypie February 18, 2020 at 6:35 pm


  • Reply Clair Ульянов February 18, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    used to make these a lot in college…. flour, water, salt and onions… I'm more of a savory person. delicious.

  • Reply Patty Gilson February 18, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks so much for turning me on to Kenny Shopsin! I work at the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, and immediately checked out his cookbook when you mentioned him a few episodes ago. A fascinating read! And WOW! What a menu!

  • Reply Lula Earle February 18, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I had those as a kid. My parents grew up during the depression. Loved them.

  • Reply Ghl Scitel February 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I know them under the name "klondike gold digger's pancakes". Read Jack London "The Call of The Wild" Once you cut them into thin stripes they are a nice ingredient in chicken of beef broth.

  • Reply Kris-Sama February 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    You should definitely try plain yogurt on top of waffles! With strawberries and blueberries on top! When my dad was diagnosed as diabetic we began to make food changes around the house when I was younger. Instead of syrup, we used plain low fat yogurt and fruit on top, usually strawberries and blueberries for us, but you can add whatever kind you like! At first I was skeptical and thinking it would be gross but gosh no it's so so good and it's the only way I eat my pancakes and waffles now. I was never a syrup fan to begin with though lol.

  • Reply Potatobruh CJ February 18, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    That’s a chota 💕

  • Reply Michelle Werries February 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    We always had eggs because we raised chickens, so our pancakes had them. We called the ones you make bannocks, but made them without sugar.

  • Reply Andi Ward February 18, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Flour, sugar, water, MILK POWDER… 4 ingredients

  • Reply Njörun Ránsdóttir February 18, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Baking soda mixed with banana also works great instead of milk powder to make the pancakes more fluffy, and the banana flavor goes well with the pancakes.

  • Reply Njörun Ránsdóttir February 18, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    The mac and cheese go better with normal pancakes or with waffles

  • Reply Fifth Harmony February 18, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    My mom calls this Hawaiian pancakes

  • Reply CuriouslyCory February 19, 2020 at 12:16 am

    I make super simple sourdough "pancakes" with just sourdough starter (flour water) and salt. They make great savory pancakes, add onion, cheese, ham, etc.

  • Reply Peggy Brady February 19, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I believe it would be good with sausage. ❤❤

  • Reply Natha Lie February 19, 2020 at 3:09 am

    So glad you talked about the metal spatula cause this was seriously freaking me out😂

  • Reply j miller February 19, 2020 at 3:29 am

    I'm confused why the box of pancake mix that you only add water to that cost under a $1 be consider a poor man's pancake?

  • Reply Sans le Nom February 19, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Kenny is my idol. Glad to know someone else who holds him in high esteem.

  • Reply Heather Faust February 19, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Why am I watching this? I’m on colonoscopy prep and not allowed to eat. I’m so hungry and now all I can think about is pancakes.

  • Reply Lisa Michele February 19, 2020 at 4:07 am


  • Reply fannieog 18 February 19, 2020 at 5:33 am

    My grandma used to do this almost everyday, ive never consider it "hard times food"

  • Reply Tabassco Productions February 19, 2020 at 6:13 am

    why the sad music?

  • Reply Mary A February 19, 2020 at 7:13 am


  • Reply jenn jeffs February 19, 2020 at 7:48 am

    We make banana pancakes, We smash very ripe bananas, add 4tbsp of sugar (white or brown) then add flour to a consistency you like and cook them up! Kids love them!! You can even make them without the sugar, bananas are sweet enough usually.

  • Reply Sheryl Dolls& Pooh Linsley February 19, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Hi, This is 3 ingredients. Have you done the 2? Ripe banana & an egg?🤗🐽✌❤, Sheryl

  • Reply soldier person February 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Pancakes contain three ingredients anyway. Flour, eggs and oil

  • Reply MrAladdinSir February 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    lol this is how I always make pancakes but instead of water I use milk

  • Reply Slaw February 19, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    We just call these pancakes in the UK 😆

  • Reply Jessica Marie Baumgartner February 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I make these whenever we're low on groceries haha

  • Reply Crystal CreoleQueen Chachere February 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I make these with no sugar whenever I make any kind of curry. Sooooooo good!

  • Reply Jean Cater February 19, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    They look very nice! Mmmmmm, peanut butter and jelly. Savory doesn’t sound good with that much sugar.

  • Reply Naomi Culberson February 19, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    you are the bob ross of baking

  • Reply Melissa Martel February 19, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    We used to make something similar. But with melted butter and brown sugar spread on them and rolled it's delicious!!

  • Reply Supreme Jay98 February 19, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I would totally make these and use these as tortillas for breakfast tacos! Probably cutting back on the sugar so it won’t be so sweet

  • Reply Licinius Varrus February 20, 2020 at 12:19 am

    gross, but interesting to learn about regardless

  • Reply Leticia Ruelas February 20, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Wait what!!! This are called poor pancakes.. Im Mexican and i grew up eating this…by choice… My gramma use to make them and my mom and now me.. Wow what a small world..we called them something else thouth.. 😁

  • Reply PEANUT16 February 20, 2020 at 3:29 am

    you should try these as a burrito or soft shell taco

  • Reply lokahi27 February 20, 2020 at 4:58 am

    In Hawaii we call it " Hawaiian pancakes!" We used less sugar in our recipe, only 1/3 of a cup. My mom also went by "feel" on thickness of batter. She served them with Guava jelly. I never really liked any kind of pancakes, even those. But now being older, I actually crave them from time to time. Mom is gone, so when I make em it don't taste the same. Thanks for the memories Emmy 💖

  • Reply Pizzalover542 1 February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    I know these are called poor man’s pancakes, but can the poor man even afford a $1.84 box of pancake mix from Walmart?

  • Reply Shizzy Shoe February 20, 2020 at 7:14 am

    What if you mix it super fast so it would be all bubbly before cooking.

  • Reply Neurochaotic February 20, 2020 at 10:41 am

    This is pretty much how my family (and everyone I know) makes pancakes. Flour, milk (alternatively powdered milk + water), a couple o’ eggs and a pinch of salt. Sometimes omitting the eggs, sometimes adding a pinch of sugar. You can eat them with literally anything. Me & SO mostly eat them with strawberry jam, sometimes I personally like to fill them with teriyaki beef or smoked salmon and red onion.

  • Reply Steven Wong February 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    my grandmother taught this recipe to me as well. except she used chinese sweetened soy milk.

  • Reply PandaKitty February 20, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    3 ingredients..flour, sugar, water… yet she added dry milk.. so 4 ingredients…

  • Reply Luulu Soul February 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    when I was a little girl, my babysitter use to make these. I have been trying FOR YEARS to recreate it. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I am nearly crying from finding this.

  • Reply Frddie Campbell Sr February 20, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I been watching her for year and she still be chewing like damn dis shit nasty 🤣 .

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