Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

2  Cups  Flour
2  teaspoons  Baking Soda
2  teaspoons  Baking Powder
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
4  Eggs
2 to 2-1/2  Cups  Buttermilk

 Bacon Grease, Oil, or Nonstick Spray for pan

Butter and Syrup for serving

In a large mixing bowl, combine the Dry Ingredients.  Stir in the Eggs and Buttermilk, using enough Buttermilk to achieve desired consistency (we like thinner pancakes and use 2-1/2 Cups).  Heat griddle over medium heat until water drops, when flicked onto the pan, sizzle and evaporate.  Coat pan with your desired non-stick medium--Bacon Grease adds wonderful flavor!  Fry batter in 1/4-cup amounts--do not flip until the rising bubbles pop and hold their shape (if you use these bubles as your gauge you shouldn't need to peek under the pancake to see if it's ready to flip).  Then, and only then, will you be able to successfully flip your pancake without making a mess of everything.  Fry on the second side for 10-15 seconds, then serve to the hungry one who is standing near with her plate, ready for breakfast.  Serves 6 hungry people.

"Arise, shine;
for thy light is come,
and the glory of the Lord
is risen upon thee."
Isaiah 60:1

Nothing quite says "Good Morning" like Buttermilk Pancakes.  The smell just sort of curls around your mind, tickling into your tummy saying "Rise and Shine, it's another New Day!"  

Those open bubbles in the top Pancake?
They're saying "It's time to flip me."

We don't have Pancakes quite as often as the children wish we did simply because it's a challenge to make them and still get out the door to School on time; cold cereal is unfortunately so much easier.  How to solve the problem?  It's an easy one:  Mix up a Quadruple-batch (and yes, you'll need a whole quart of Buttermilk and it'll take for-ev-er to fry them), cool the Pancakes on a rack and then freeze them between layers of waxed or parchment paper.  Then whomever wants Pancakes for breakfast (or an after-school snack) can pop them in the toaster and have fresh! hot! pancakes!  

 I'm a minimalist when it comes to topping my Pancakes; give me Butter, lots of Butter, and I'm happy.  T likes his sprinkled with Blueberries. The Girls like theirs "lathered in Syrup." (Is that the proper use of 'lathered'? I think not, but that's what they say.)  Eldest Son prefers his pancakes with Butter and Mrs. Butterworth's syrup--very traditional, and it *must* be Mrs. Butterworth's; nothing else is acceptable.  Second Son takes his to a gourmet level: he slices Bananas onto the pancake and sprinkles it with Brown Sugar before it is flipped.  Then he tops his stack with Butter and Coconut Syrup.  Consequently, Saturday mornings in our home consist "Take a number and wait your turn for the griddle." 

 How do you like your Pancakes?


Here are a few photos from New Year's Day in Yosemite.
If you haven't been to the snow this year, GO!  I have .never. seen it this beautiful!
We are So Very Thankful to the Lord for all of the snow and rain we've received.  It is so needed!