Food, Faith & Family

Peace Pancakes

Written by Corlan Ortmayer Harrison | Kitchen and Special Events Coordinator

Food is love, and my Grandma Ortmayer wrote the book on the topic. As the wife of a Montana Methodist minister during some rather tough times in our nation’s history, including WWI, WWII, the Great Depression (you get the picture), the Ortmayer table was always a welcoming destination for those in need of a meal full of love. She had an uncanny ability to create a beautiful meal with so little. Every meal at Rev and Mrs. Ortmayer’s table always started with gratitude for God’s bounty and my Grandma Ort’s gifts for turning that bounty into a blessed meal. During the Vietnam war, when political tensions were high and as a nation we were at odds with pro-war and anti-war demonstrations, my grandfather and I talked about love. He shared with me that if all the parties in play with the war would sit down at an Ortmayer breakfast table and share a platter of grandma’s pancakes, they could have a civil conversation and find solutions to differences. He had experienced many peace treaties around the table over his wife’s pancakes. I call them Peace Pancakes. If you know any political leaders, feel free to pass the recipe on; better yet, invite them over for breakfast and conversation.


Grandma Ortmayer’s Peace Pancakes


  • 3 ½ C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda (to each cup of buttermilk)
  • 3 C buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp oil or melted shortening


Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside; lightly mix eggs; add soda to buttermilk.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add eggs, buttermilk and oil. Stir to combine but don’t over mix (some lumps are fine).

Using a ¼ measuring cup, gently pour pancake batter on a preheated (350 degree) griddle. Turn cakes when bubbles start to pop +/- 2 minutes.

Serve with butter, maple syrup and love.