Thursday, June 23, 2005

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my favourite breakfast foods. There is seriously nothing like warm, freshly cooked pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and with pure butter spreaded on to it.

The best thing about pancakes, is that it's also easy to make. But I gotta tell you, the secret to good pancakes is really the batter (duh...) and the consistency of it.

If you get it right, you get this:

Buttermilk Pancakes - closeup

I purposely shot one very close-up, with a torn piece. Note how nice and fluffy it is? And the thickness is just right. I got to admit that previous pancake recipes I've tried, didn't ever quite turn out like these.

I've always wondered how MacDonald's get their hotcakes looking so lovely and yummy. But now I know why. I have found out the secret ingredient! Okay, maybe it's not so secret, maybe everyone else knows except for me. Maybe I've been the only one kept in the dark. Alas, it doesn't matter any more! Because I know the 'secret'. =)

Look at the batter and tell me what you see:

Buttermilk Pancake Batter

It ain't no ordinary batter, mind you. It might look normal, but it really isn't. It's magical! It gives you nice golden brown fluffy pancakes that can rival any others. What's the 'secret'?


No, not milk added with butter. But actual buttermilk! Buttermilk is actually the liquid left after butter is made from cream. But the ones supermarkets sell are cultured ones, at least the one I bought was.

Anyway, I was very happy with my pancakes today. I am definitely going to be using this recipe very often. I can't remember where I got it. It's one of those printed recipes I put in my recipe ringbinder. Besides, it's so easy, it took me only a few minutes to mix my batter and another 10 to 15 minutes to cook them. Quick and easy. I ate them after my 5km run this morning and boy was I satisfied.


Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk together first three ingredients. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and whisk well.
Heat a nonstick pan/griddle until drops of water sizzle when sprinkled on to the surface.
Pour batter onto pan in whatever size or shape you fancy. When bubbles form and edges look slightly dry, use a spatula to flip the pancake and cook for another 30-60 seconds, until second side is evenly browned. Makes about 6 pancakes.

*any remaining batter can be refridgerated overnight and the recipe can easily be doubled


Colin said...

I always wondered about those hotcakes. They were just about the only things McDonalds did properly.

Your recipe looks very good - I'll give a try one of these lazy Sunday mornings.

Served with maple syrup and ice cream? Heavenly...

Nic said...

Mm... pancakes...
I like using buttermilk in my pancakes because it's so rich tasting that I don't need to add butter to the batter. These look great. I love a healthy breakfast.

sari said...

They loooked sooooo goooood in da pics!! I can never make my pancakes look this good.. They always come out burnt~ but if buttermilk does it, then Im going to try it out~ hehehe tahnx for the recipe babe!

Pooh said...

wah..your pancakes look really good.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for posting a recipe for them! I will have to try these instead of the quick packaged kind!

tanvi said...

oooh what yummy looking pancakes! the light, airy texture is what i somehow never can achieve in my own home. ill try this recipe though- i love that it doesnt use any butter! (by the way, i agree, buttermilk is a miracle ingredient, good in cakes and muffins as well as pancakes)

the baker said...

colin: my thoughts exactly. oooo yes, with ice-cream! i wish i had an ice-cream maker, i could make some vanilla ice cream to go with those pancakes. yum.

nic: yea and now i will only use buttermilk when i make pancakes. i am seriously hooked on these fluffy pancakes.

michie: girl, i know what you mean. my previous attempts were far from perfect. but try this recipe using buttermilk and you will be amazed

hobbes: they not only look good but they taste good! ;0)

jennifer: please do... it's really easy to put these pancakes together. you'll love them.

tanvi: i second that. i hardly use buttermilk because it's expensive but now I think it's well worth it!

Anonymous said...

oooo.. yummy.....

hmmm i have never used buttermilk, but the recipe i used has ricotta cheese.

it's a very simple recipe and taste really good. Tasted it at this place called Bills in Sydney and got the recipe and made it for many people who loved it. ;-)

Anonymous said...


Where did u get yr buttermilk??


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