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Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

Gary Cooper Recipe

Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

A Gary Cooper recipe; or, that is, one of his favorites from his mom.

Mr. Gary Cooper borrowed this recipe from his mother, Mrs. Charles Henry Cooper. These griddle cakes were a feature of the Cooper ranch in Montana.

Buttermilk Griddle Cakes Recipe

Griddle cakes made from buttermilk have an unusually good flavor and are more tender than those made with plain water or milk.

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sweet cream
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated cornmeal
  • 2 cups flour

Mix ingredients together in order given. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased, hot griddle. Cook on one side and when puffed, full of bubbles and well cooked on edges, turn and cook on other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Gary Cooper and His Mother

Gary Cooper Recipe from Mom

A Bit About Gary Cooper

Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him“, Gary Cooper told people. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought a 600-acre ranch that had originally been a land grant to the builders of the railroad through that part of Montana. In 1910, Gary’s mother, who had been ill, was advised to take a long sea voyage by her doctor. She went to England and stayed there until the United States entered World War I. Gary and his older brother Arthur stayed with their mother and went to school in England for seven years. Too young to go to war, Gary spent the war years working on his father’s ranch. “Getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning in the dead of winter to feed 450 head of cattle and shoveling manure at 40 below ain’t romantic“, said the man who would take the Western to the top of its genre in High Noon (1952).

I think the most surprising trivia fact about Gary Cooper is the following:

In the early 1930s his doctor told him he had been working too hard. Cooper went to Europe and stayed a lot longer than planned. When he returned, he was told there was now a “new” Gary Cooper–an unknown actor needed a better name for films, so the studio had reversed Gary Cooper’s initials and created a name that sounded similar: Cary Grant.

Source: Gary Cooper Bio on IMDB

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