you know what my favorite part of pancakes is? the smell. there’s nothing quite like it, and i find it very comforting. i like to sniff my pancakes before i eat them.
from the america’s test kitchen family baking book
2 cups (10 oz) ap flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
veggie oil for pan
1. whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. in a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg together. make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour the buttermilk mixture into the well, and gently whisk together until just incorporated with a few lumps remaining (do not overmix).
2. heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. brush the pan bottom with a thin layer of the oil. using 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, add the batter to the skillet (2-3 will fit at a time) and cook until large bubbles begin to appear about 2 minutes (if you aren’t sure how hot your skillet is, test it by cooking a small, sacrificial pancake to get the lay of the land).
if you are making blueberry pancakes, add 1 tbsp fresh blueberries over each pancake after adding the batter to the skillet.
3. flip the pancakes and continue to cook until golden brown, about 1.5 minutes. transfer the pancakes to a wire rack and keep warm in the oven (200F). repeat with remaining batter, brushing the skillet with oil as needed.
comments: “sacrificial pancake” is an awesome phrase. i bet christopher kimball said that. he’s so funny… here’s our cute sacrificial pancake:
anyway, these pancakes were nice and fluffy and delicious.
we made some blueberry and some plain. i think i like plain the best – nothing distracting you from the pancake itself. and gotta put lots of syrup… i like to flood mine with syrup (i added more after taking this picture):
hey and look at our cool griddle that we got as a wedding gift. you can flip it over and it has a grilling surface too. it is quite awesome. anyway, remember to sniff your pancakes. inhale deeply!