Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas to All!

And a very merry Christmas to all out there!
I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and in the very least, peace on your corner of the earth.

Kids woke up early as usual and we got to watch them unwrap their presents. This was an electronic Christmas, so needless to say, there were fewer...But enjoyed nonetheless...While the kids were playing, I made homemade buttermilk pancakes from a fabulous recipe I found in "The Best Quick Breads" by Beth Hensperger. I love the whole book, but here is my adaptation of her wonderful recipe. I can't keep a recipe for too long before I start fiddlin' with it. However, this one has very little fiddlin' involved because the original was perfect... (You've really got to get his book---YUMMY-- and the breads are east to boot. Always a plus in my world.)


2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups buttermilk
3 large eggs ( I sometimes use 4)
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or veg oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar (optional- this is my add in)
1 cup blueberries, strawberries or peaches if desired

Combine the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and oil (or butter). Whisk the wet ingredients together to combine completely.

Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX-BATTER WILL HAVE SMALL LUMPS. If you want to add fruit, gently fold it in now.

Heat a griddle over medium heat- until a drop of water skates over the surface. Remove pan from heat and add lightly add oil to pan or spray with non stick spray.

Return to stove and put 1/4 cup batter in pan.

cook until bubbles form on the surface, the edges are dry and the bottom is golden. Turn once, cooking the opposite side until golden.

Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200*F oven until ready to serve.

YUM! Definitely an easy recipe and the pancakes are so fluffy you will never even think of pancake mix again! And if you want to change it a bit, you can add all kinds of flavoring extracts and nuts....Complete breakfast heaven (we also have them for dinner when Mom (aka ME) is too darn lazy/tired to come up with something else.

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