Friday, January 7, 2011

Favorite Buttermilk Pancake/Waffle Mix

The kids love pancakes and Chris loves to cook breakfast.  That works out nicely on the days when Chris is off of work!  He and Silas turn our kitchen in a little diner.  Pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee, juice....we have it all.  It's become a tradition that we all look forward to.

We used to use Bisquick or just add water for pancakes; until the day I found the following recipe.  Now we just mix up a big batch at a time and add the liquid ingredients the morning we want them.  Secret ingredient-----the vanilla!  If you don't start using this recipe and stick with the just add water stuff, do yourself a favor and add a cap-full of vanilla next time. 

Total time:  16 minutes
Makes:  4 cups of dry mix
(I usually double or triple this recipe so we have a big batch on hand)

Ingredients for dry mix:
3 1/2 cups flour (I have used half all purpose and half whole wheat and it works fine)
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir, using a whisk, to thoroughly combine.  Transfer to a clean, dry canister fitted with an airtight lid.  Store for up to 3 months. 

For pancakes:
1 cup mix
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Feel free to add your own spin - nutmeg or cinnamon, bananas or blueberries!

Heat griddle over high heat.
Place 1 cup pancake mix in bowl.  In a separate bowl mix together remaining ingredients.  Stir wet mix into the dry mix until just combined.  (DON'T OVERMIX!)  Let the mixture rest for 1 to 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Lightly brush the griddle with canola oil or butter.
Pour 1/3 cup batter (or more depending on what size pancakes you want) for each pancake.  Cook until bubbles form on the pancake surface and the underside is golden.  Flip pancakes and cook until golden.

For Waffles:
1 cup mix
1 egg
1 tablespoon melted butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Feel free to add your own spin - nutmeg or cinnamon, bananas or blueberries!

Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.  Place 1 cup dry mix in a medium mixing bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Stir wet ingredients into dry mix until just combined. (DONT OVERMIX!) Lightly oil the iron plates, add batter and cook until waffles are golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes.

One more tip. Print out this recipe (or write it on an index card) and tape it to the side of your dry storage container. It makes things a lot easier when it comes time make pancakes or remake the dry mix.

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