Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

From Lou Seibert Pappas's Pancakes & Waffles, page 13.

I was given this book along with a waffle maker at my bridal shower, and although I frequently found myself staring dreamily at the recipes and pictures, I am embarrassed to admit that until recently I had only ever made two (Caramel-Pecan Waffles and Swiss Whipped Honey Butter).  But then I gave these buttermilk pancakes a go, and I love them!  Typically I prefer something heartier (whole wheat, multigrain, oatmeal) or exciting (Pumpkin Spice).  Combine these with the delicious Buttermilk Syrup that I stole from my sister over at Rate the Plate Utah, though, and I can't help loving these yummy, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes.  Mmmm.
Yield: about fourteen 4" pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, separated
2 cups + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted, or canola oil

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a small, deep bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft, glossy peaks form.  In another bowl, beat or whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, and butter.  Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Fold in the egg whites.

Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat and grease lightly.  For each pancake, spoon or pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the hot griddle.  Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, about 2 minutes.  Turn over and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute more.  Serve immediately or transfer pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200F oven.  Bake remaining batter as directed.  Top with butter and maple syrup, Swiss Whipped Honey Butter, or Maple Sugar-Pecan Butter.

Buttermilk Syrup

From Rate the Plate Utah.

I fully realize that if you read my blog, you've likely already seen this recipe on my sister's blog.  But oh well, I can't help myself!  It's kind of like those Pumpkin Spice Pancakes I posted in December: I can't get enough.  As soon as my first batch was out, I made another.  It's like I have to have it in my fridge at all times.  Maple syrup just doesn't cut it anymore!  My 3-year old is even addicted to the stuff (okay, so that's no surprise--it's sugar).  Forgive the lack of a decent picture.  Syrup is apparently hard for me to photograph.
This is a terrible picture, but at least you can see how deliciously thick and gooey the syrup is, even after sitting on my hot pancakes.
1 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. corn syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

Put butter, buttermilk, sugar, & corn syrup in a large pot.  Bring to a boil, and boil for 3-5 minutes.  Add vanilla & baking soda (it will foam up . . . a lot).  Stir with a wire whisk.  Serve.

- I use lite Karo syrup for the corn syrup.
- My 3-quart pot wasn't large enough for the extreme foaminess, so I've switched to my 5-quart pot.  Adding the baking soda is my son's favorite part--he's obsessed with volcanoes and hot lava.
- The syrup becomes thicker and gooier in the fridge.  The last time I made it, I may have overcooked it because it's more like a thick caramel sauce and I have to let it come to room temperature before I can hope to have it run off of the spoon and onto my waiting pancakes.  Still tastes divine, though.

Swiss Whipped Honey Butter

From Lou Seibert Pappas's Pancakes & Waffles, page 74.
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

2/3 cup honey
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a small bowl, combine the honey and butter and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add the cream and beat until blended.  Spoon into a small bowl and serve or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

- I really like adding cinnamon to ours!
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