Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ronda~ The Family Table, Guest SkyMom Food Writer brings us "Buttermilk Pancakes!"

Hello SkyMoms,

Have you been having some fun in the kitchen with your families? If not, make Saturday morning the time to get together and make a big family breakfast.  Turn the TV off and devote at least an hour together having a leisurely meal. Stay in your jammies and be comfy. Set the table with placemats, add a candle, set out the nice dishes or put out some flowers.  Make the meal special and pretty soon you will be making some very special memories. 

I am going to share with you our absolute favorite weekend recipe. Buttermilk Pancakes. If you have never tried to make homemade pancakes, you are in for a treat. They are so delicious and take minutes to throw together. They do not have preservatives or additives like so many prepackaged mixes and seriously they are too easy not to make.

Don’t forget to do that cluster cooking I was talking about a few weeks ago. Get out those Ziploc bags and your black sharpies. Make up a half a dozen baggies of dry mix and when you are sleepy eyed at the crack of dawn, all you have to do is add the wet ingredients. What could be simpler?

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 T sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 T vegetable oil
1 egg
Cooking spray or butter

Add dry ingredients to a bowl. Add wet ingredients to a big measuring cup. Combine wet to dry until just combined. Don’t over mix please. Heat a cast iron skillet on low heat. Spray with cooking spray or add some butter to the griddle. Scoop ¼ cup pancake mix to griddle and wait for bubbles to show. Then flip. Cook until done and add to a warm platter. This recipe makes about 7-9 medium pancakes. For our family of five, we double the recipe and have a few left over for later.

***After you add the ¼ cup mix to the pan, add some fixings if so desired. Pancake tip: cook pancakes over low heat to ensure they cook through and remain a nice golden brown. 

1.     Sprinkle with shredded coconut and chopped macadamia nuts.
2.     Sprinkle with diced banana and chopped pecans.
3.     Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
4.     Sprinkle with diced banana and chocolate chips.
5.     Sprinkle with lemon zest and fresh blueberries and dust with powdered sugar.
6.     Sprinkle with diced strawberries and finish with a little whip cream.
7.     Leave plain :)

Serving suggestion 1: Serve with warm, pure maple syrup, chicken apple sausages and sliced fruit. Round it out with juice and a pot of steaming hot coffee. 

Serving suggestion2: When you find yourself with a house full of kids on a weekend morning, have a pancake buffet. Lay out small dishes of all the fixings. Have the kids go through the line and add their own toppings as you cook the pancakes. Have platters of fruit and chicken sausages or bacon and jugs of juice. 

Warning***they may not leave! :)

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I wish you all many blessings!
Ronda from The Family Table

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