Monday, 5 January 2009

Buttermilk Pancakes

I do get tired of oatmeal for breakfast sometimes. When we make pancakes, we tend to eat breakfast late and skip the whole lunch thing entirely because we eat the lot, no problem. (Of course then we need afternoon tea...) You could cut this recipe in half, or freeze leftover pancakes to be re-heated in a toaster.

10 to 12 pancakes
30 to 40 minutes prep time

Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups soft unbleached flour (actually, I used whole spelt flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter
2 to 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 extra-large eggs
a little oil

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Put 2 large, lightly oiled skillets on the stove over medium heat to preheat. I'm assuming cast iron here, which takes a few minutes to warm up. Also, turn on the oven as low as it will go, and put the plates in the oven to warm up and to catch the finished pancakes.

In another bowl, melt the honey and butter. Beat in 2 cups of buttermilk and the eggs.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just well mixed. Add a little more buttermilk if the batter seems too thick.

DON'T stir the batter again; you'll lose your "lift".

I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to dollop out pancakes into each pan. Spread them around gently, and cook them until the tops form lots of bubbles and begin to look dry. Loosen and flip the pancakes, and finish cooking them on the other side, which will not take as long. If they don't loosen easily, they are not ready to flip.

Put the finished pancakes in the oven to keep warm, and continue making pancakes, adding a little oil to the pan as needed. You'll need to scrape out the bowl with a spatula at the end.

Serve the pancakes hot with plenty of butter and maple syrup, or however you like: my father favours them rolled up with peanut butter and jam. Honey is great, and if you want something a little less sweet how about applesauce?

Last year at this time I made Pizza.


Money Minder said...

mmmmmm....these look yummy!

nefaeria said...

Perhaps the best thing for a winter breakfast!