What has happened to the weekends? Is it just me, or are we all losing our minds? With two kids and a stacked schedule, the weekends have begun to fill up with the chaos and rush that is normally reserved for Monday through Friday. I ask you- WHERE IS THE RELAXATION?! With so much to accomplish on the weekends, I say we take back our mornings and make them extra special with a stack of buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. Who’s in?!
I can remember preparing breakfast in bed as a kid. I’d fill a tray with one of everything from our pantry: toast with jam, toast with peanut butter, a bowl of cereal, a bowl of fruit, a half of a Pop-Tart, a glass of juice, a cup of milk, and maybe even a granola bar (if the tray could hold it). The spread was more akin to a two-star breakfast buffet, and although I’m sure my Mother nearly threw up when she saw the amount of food I’d prepared for her, she would nibble away and act totally impressed with my work. Bless you, Mom.
Now as an adult, I find myself wanting to capture the glory of those lazy Saturdays once more. Aimee and George are hardly old enough to treat me to a carb-fest in bed, but I think there is still room to fill bellies (and hearts, right?) with a bit of weekend magic. Buttermilk pancakes is 100% the way to do it.
I’m proud to call this recipe for buttermilk pancakes my own. Buttery and fluffy with just the right amount of tang, these buttermilk pancakes are a simple dish that you’d be thrilled to serve too. The batter takes just a few minutes to whip up, but the reward is nothing short of glorious.
To make them, we start with the batter. Melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla are stirred together with a bit of sugar. Next, the dry ingredients are folded in and combined just until a few lumps remain. Be careful not to overmix the batter and allow it to rest while you heat your pan.
Here’s where you can freestyle a bit. If you’re into pancakes with buttery, crispy edges, load your pan up with butter and keep the heat just under medium-high. If you prefer an evenly cooked pancake, golden brown throughout, give your pan just a sweep of butter before adding the batter to a moderately heated pan. I like to wrap a pat of butter in a thin paper towel and rub it against the hot pan. That way, you get an even coat of butter without all the extra bubble and spatter. Use a measuring cup to ladle out large rounds of batter, and gently smooth it out to form uniform cakes. Cook until the batter is bubbling throughout and then flip to finish off the other side.
I prefer these buttermilk pancakes served classically with a huge schmear of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, but there are a million ways to get creative here! Add fresh berries or a cooked compote for a special breakfast. Include sprinkles, chocolate chips, or pecans in the batter for a unique spin. Make your own syrup or go crazy with the whipped cream, because these buttermilk pancakes are the perfect vehicle for a healthy dose of morning joy. Enjoy them however you’d prefer.
Make these pancakes this weekend and take time to share them with some people you love. Happy hump day to you all and catch you next week!
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These buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and barely tangy, the perfect vehicle for butter and maple syrup. This recipe makes enough breakfast for a family of four!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted
- 1–3/4 cups (390 gm) full-fat buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1–1/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Extra butter for greasing skillet
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir together with a spoon or spatula until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Do not overmix. Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
- When ready to start preparing pancakes, heat a griddle to medium (325 degrees) and stir the batter once more. Wrap 1 tablespoon butter in a napkin or paper towel and use it to lightly grease your griddle. Spoon 1/3 cup of batter rounds onto the griddle and gently smooth each out into a 5” circle. Cook until bubbles appear in the center of the pancake and the edges no longer look glossy. Flip the pancakes and cook and additional 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Serve with extra butter and syrup.