August 7, 2010

Sweets: The Best Pancakes...

...well at least thus far.  Growing up as a child my mom used to make us pancakes on the weekends, the box kind.  When I worked at the "Happiest Place on Earth" everyone used to eat pancakes at the restaurant where I worked but I used to get them from the employee diner, the pre-made stuff. Now as an adult I decided that it was time to kick the box and pre-made habit and make them from scratch.

I searched all around the web until I found a recipe that I believed deserved some attention and where I can use up some buttermilk I had.

Buttermilk Pancakes
Adapted from Allrecipes
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk (you can use this as a substitute for it)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter. (I add 1 tsp of vanilla to give it more flavor.)  Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle (set to 325 degrees) or frying pan over medium high heat. You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it's ready!
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend. Stir until it's just blended together. Do not over stir! (Seriously resist the urge to take the lumps out.)  Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
The possibilities are endless with these pancakes.  I've made these with blueberries, pecans and brown sugar, chocolate chips. (Today I'm making banana nut pancakes.) I made these for my hubby and I and we had a ton of batter left over, enough for all weekend long.   The best part is that these pancakes get better with time because the ingredients blend well together.  My hubby loves these pancakes and has said on several occasions that these are by far the best pancakes he's had.  I love this recipe and I hope you enjoy them as well.


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