Saturday, February 8, 2014

Perfect Pancakes

So I have finally found the perfect pancake recipe: sour cream pancakes via smitten kitchen via pioneer woman cooks. I've tried all sorts of recipes: traditional buttermilk, whole wheat, yogurt, with fruit inside, but this is my favorite. Airy and light on the inside, buttery golden with a little crisp on the outside, with a hint of tangy sweetness. So good you can eat them on their own (a la little k) or piled high with fruit and maple syrup. The batter is just the right consistency, something I've struggled with in other recipes, so that it spreads when ladled onto the pan but isn't too runny, making the perfect round pancakes with just the right thickness. I also like keeping the fruit separate from the pancakes, often putting fruit into the pancakes messes with the consistency and I have trouble cooking them perfectly. Only change I made to the recipes is using part whole wheat flour. Makes me want to keep a container of sour cream in the fridge at all times, nothing better than impromptu Saturday morning pancakes. Only complaint is that this recipe barely makes enough for the three of us!
Sour Cream Pancakes (adapted from smitten kitchen / pioneer woman)
  • Heat up a non stick pan over medium low heat and butter the pan
  • In a medium bowl, sift together 4 TB of AP flour, 3 TB of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 TB of sugar
  • Fold in 1 cup of sour cream until just combined and no dry flour
  • Separate small bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs and 1/2 tsp of vanilla (sometimes I grate lemon zest too)
  • Fold into medium bowl, careful not to over mix
  • Turn the stove up to medium and make sure the pan is well buttered (I have really small burners and use a large 12" pan to maximize the # of pancakes, so I turn the heat higher than most recipes)
  • Ladle scant 1/4 cups of batter into the pan. Usually I fit about 4 on a pan. Flip after about 3 minutes when you see small bubbles in the batter. Should flip easily and should be golden brown. Cook for another 2-3 mins on the other side

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