There is nothing that says Saturday morning more than Buttermilk Pancakes. Drizzled in melted butter, warm, pure maple syrup, and fresh berries, buttermilk pancakes are a good reason to drag yourself out of bed and embrace your day!
Buttermilk Pancakes on the Menu
When I was a child, whenever we went out for breakfast, I always ordered buttermilk pancakes. Ultimately, when fresh strawberries were in season, I relished my breakfast, smothered in whipped cream and the delicious berries.
Truthfully, I would probably still order this, except when you get older for some reason you start thinking about what you “should” order and not what you want to. Who told us this? Why do we look at that plate of pancakes dripping in maple syrup and all our adult brain can think of is “carbs” and where on our body those pancakes are going to go? Stop that! Saturday mornings are made for pancakes. EnJOY your pancakes once a week. After all, when you make them at home, you can decide what goes into them and only put in the good stuff.
Memories of Grandpa
Growing up, my mom, brother, and I lived with my grandpa on his farm in Sebastopol, California. He lived amongst the Redwood trees with a big wrap-around deck. My happiest childhood memories took place these two years on the farm. Including, my favorite pancake memories.
Grandpa made the best buttermilk pancakes. First off, he would greet my brother and I with a smile and our own cups of coffee. Technically, it was one tablespoon of his coffee in a mug of hot water and milk. We thought we were big stuff. While we would drink our “coffee” he would tell us funny stories while flipping dollar-sized pancakes at the griddle. Then, he would give us each a plate with a stack eight pancakes high. He instructed us to slather each tiny pancake in butter, sprinkle with a shaker of cinnamon & sugar, and then roll up and pop ’em in our mouth. I can still see the cinnamon sugar butter dripping out the other side of the pancake as we ate each pancake with our fingers in just two bites. Those were the good ol’ days.
Saturday mornings are for pancakes. There is something about pancakes off the griddle, stacked with melted butter, and drizzled with warm, maple syrup, that just officially begins the weekend. These buttermilk pancakes are a regular around here.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (we use Einkorn)
- 3 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 large pastured eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter (we use Kerrygold)
- 5 cups buttermilk
- 1 T pure vanilla extract
- Heat a griddle on medium heat.
- Melt butter.
- Whisk all your dry ingredients together and prepare a well in the center to add liquids.
- Add in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter and stir to incorporate.
- Pour onto a buttered or oiled griddle in either dollar sized pancakes, or regular size. Feel free to create fun shapes like snowmen, or hearts as well.
- If desired, customize each pancake by adding fresh blueberries or chocolate chips to the individual pancakes.
- Flip when the edges start to dry and bubbles form all over the top.
- Serve with butter and warm maple syrup, fresh berries and whipped cream, or my favorite, dollar sized pancakes with butter and cinnamon-sugar rolled (in memory of my Grandpa Bob who made the best pancakes).
Undoubtedly, I am a sucker for anything apple. Ultimately it is my dream to own an apple orchard so I can bake apple pies, apple fritters, apple dumplings, apple sauce, apple cider, apple donuts…you get the picture. I think Jonny Appleseed’s Apple Song says it best. Up north, apple season was our favorite season because that meant that the cider mill had their famous apple cider donuts for sale. Those were the best memories.
I just wanted to say that when apple season rolls along, feel free to add about 4 medium-sized freshly grated apples (including the skins) and 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to this recipe for a fall treat. Apple buttermilk pancakes are DELICIOUS! I prefer the Granny Smith variety as they have the most flavor, but Honeycrisp apples work well too. Just cook them a little longer on each side (about 2-3 minutes per side) in a little avocado oil to get those nice crispy edges.
Most everyone has had a pancake in their lifetime. But maybe not everyone has had a Santa Clause or a reindeer. In our home, on Saturday mornings, we blast The Muppet Show Soundtrack, which draws all the sleepy children to their consciousness, and the children stand in line to put their design orders in. Technically, it is just the littles that still do this; the older children are much too mature to ask for a snowman or Yoda figure…although I am convinced they still want one. If you have never tried pancake art, just find your inspiration from the holidays or any other shape or figure, and see what creations you can come up with that will delight your family and make your ordinary pancake breakfast, extraordinary.
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