Monday, September 06, 2010

Thrifty Buttermilk Pancakes

I woke up this morning craving buttermilk pancakes. The fact that I had no buttermilk in the fridge didn't faze me. The thrifty cook can easily make her own buttermilk - see the recipe below for the instructions.
Thrifty Buttermilk Pancakes
Timesaver tip: If you use a 2-cup measuring cup, you can mix the rest of the ingredients right in, and save yourself a whole lot of clean-up.
Place 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup and top up with milk to make 1 cup. Give it a stir, and in 5 minutes - presto, you have buttermilk.

When the buttermilk is ready, add 1 cup of sifted flour, half a cup at a time. Mix with a fork. Along with the second half-cup, add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Finally, add an egg and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. The batter will be a bit thick and gloppy at first, but as soon as you add the baking soda, it will start to bubble and lighten up. Mix well but don't overbeat.

Heat up a small non-stick pan and add a drop or two of oil or a teensy pat of butter. Pour in enough batter to make the size of pancake that you want. I try to keep my pancakes medium-sized so they are easy to flip.

Once bubbles start to form on the surface, take a peek underneath and if there are nice, golden-brown patches, flip it over to cook the other side.

Serve with your favourite breakfast sides, or enjoy them on their own, drizzled with maple syrup.



CookieO said...

Mmmmmmm ... now you have me thinking of pancakes!!!

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