For the Love of Pancakes
December 9, 2010
Pancakes are a ritual in our home. As a child, my mother would spoil me with stacks upon stacks of pancakes any day of the week I wished. (Thanks Mom!) Now with my own kids, I’m compelled to continue the tradition though the pressures of a busy life generally restrict them to the weekend. Our weekend is not complete without a heaping plate of steaming cakes smothered in homemade jam or syrup.
Many trials led me to develop this fabulous recipe. It is truly simple and quick to put together. You will not need to resort mediocre mix ever again! The batter produces pancakes which are thick and fluffy, but not heavy. Add blueberries or bananas and you have a force to be reckoned with. Feel free to replace 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat flour. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, combine 2 cups milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
berries or banana slices (optional)
Prepare the batter
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to blend. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs lightly. Add buttermilk to eggs and blend. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Stir gently until just barely mixed. Pour in melted butter. Stir gently until just mixed. It may still be lumpy, but that is OK. Do not over mix or you will end up with tough pancakes.
Cook the pancakes
Heat a griddle on medium until a water droplet skids across the surface. Grease pan with bacon fat (my favorite) or vegetable oil. Ladle batter onto griddle. Add berries or bananas to each pancake individually (optional, but recommended). Flip pancakes once bottom is nicely browned. Cook until center of pancake is fully cooked.
Serve with butter, jam, or syrup.
Here is a printer-friendly version of the recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes
Give it away!
This mix makes a popular edible gift too! Place the dry ingredients in a bag and tie with a ribbon. Attach a tag with the instructions for which wet ingredients to add. Add a jar of nice jam or syrup and the gift is complete! Perfect for a hostess gift.