Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Buttermilk Pancakes and Fruit-Flavored Syrup

Happy National Pancake Day! (I love when food holidays fall on Tuesdays. It just works out so nicely.)  My family absolutely loves pancakes. I could live without them though. I don't really know why I don't care for them much anymore. I can remember being in high school and being at restaurants with my friends. I used to drink the syrup straight from the little packets. Three? Four of them? Yes, I had a sweet tooth even then. Now, if I eat a single pancake when I make them for the kids, I'll eat it with just plain ol' butter. I don't get it. 

I also don't understand how someone who makes just about everything from scratch (that's me!) can consistently make pancakes from a mix. Maybe it's because I don't really eat them. Maybe because it's so fast and easy to whip up a batch for breakfast during the week. Maybe because the kids don't notice a difference. Whatever the reason, I rarely make them from scratch. I also almost always make them on the griddle instead of in a pan. They're not as crispy and not nearly as pretty, but cook so much faster.

Now that I've finished my pancake confession, let me admit that I've never made syrup either. (Don't worry, I understand if you've lost all respect and stop reading now.) I was planning to make maple syrup but forgot to buy extract. Not a problem. I have a day-by-day calendar with kitcheny tips. A few days ago, there was a recipe for syrup made from a JELLO packet. Fruit-flavored syrup it was.

The hardest part was deciding on a flavor. Orange, strawberry-kiwi, cranberry . . . We settled on black cherry.

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

 Cook until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.

Let cool slightly before serving.

While the syrup is cooking, mix your dry ingredients for the pancakes.

Actually, you first need to combine the milk and vinegar so it can sour (turn to buttermilk.) I forgot to get a picture of that step though. Forgive me?

 Add the remaining wet ingredients to the milk mixture. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix well. 

 Pour 1/4 cup batter into a hot, greased skillet.

Cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface and flip with a spatula to cook other side.

These pancakes are sooo good! Even without butter. Or syrup. Or anything. They still don't make me a pancake-lover, but I do wonder why I rely on the mix so often.

 The kids aren't satisfied with naked pancakes though. They couldn't wait to try the new syrup.

And the verdict??? They loved it! Jake calls it our new "wild syrup" and said over and over again, "This is really yummy!" I guess so, because they ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He kept saying, "But it's National Pancake Day." I created a monster. I figured it wouldn't hurt for them to eat pancakes 3 times a day for 1 day a year. (It does fall only 1 day a year, right???)

And this morning, his request for breakfast? Pancakes with wild syrup. I think it's a winner.

Buttermilk Pancakes
3/4 c milk                                                          
1 Tbs white vinegar                                        
1 c flour                                                            
2 Tbs white sugar                                            
1 tsp baking powder                                        
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs butter, melted
 cooking spray

1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour."
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg, vanilla, and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side.

Fruit-Flavored Syrup
1 box (3 oz) fruit-flavored gelatin                         1/2 c sugar
1 c water                                                               2 Tbs cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Pour syrup in a pitcher and let cool slightly before serving. Store extra in the refrigerator. Syrup will solidify as it cools; reheat as needed.
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1 comment:

  1. Ew!! Yumminess! I'm gonna have to do this. My kids would love it.