Friday, May 7, 2010

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Hot Buttermilk Syrup

 These pancakes would be great for a Mother's Day breakfast!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

3/4 C whole wheat flour
3/4 C all-purpose flour
3 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 C low-fat buttermilk *
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs canola oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
Cooking Spray or butter for pan

*It is best to use real buttermilk but if you don't have any on hand you can make your own substitute by placing 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice in a measuring cup and fill with milk to the 1 1/2 c. mark. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together.  In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, oil, and vanilla and whisk well.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until moistened and combined.

Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet to medium heat.  Coat pan with non-stick spray or a little butter and then pour on pancake batter.  Use about 1/4 C batter for large pancakes (5-6") and 2 T for small ones (2-3").   Wait until bubbles form and edges are set and then flip.

Makes 12 large or 24 small pancakes.

Freezer Instructions:  These pancakes freeze wonderfully.  Just lay out pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet or other pan.  Freeze until solid and then place in a zip-lock bag.  To serve, just warm up in the microwave or toaster.

Recipe source: who adapted it from Cooking Light

Hot Buttermilk Syrup 
This stuff is so good you could drink it....wait, I think I have!

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, 1 stick
1/2 c. buttermilk (I use 1/2 c. water and 2 Tbsp. buttermilk powder)
Scant 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (including buttermilk powder).

In saucepan, bring butter and buttermilk (or water) to a boil. Pour dry ingredients into saucepan, stirring constantly! Re-bring to boil and stir for a minute or two. It will thicken as it cools. Take off heat and stir in vanilla.

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