One of my greatest cooking inspirations was provided by my wonderful mother, Shirley Fried. When I was probably about 9 or 10 years old, she bought me the New Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls Cookbook. I read that book for hours on end. I fantasized about making all of the recipes in the book. (I think I only got to make one, possibly two during my entire childhood.) One of the recipes I was most interested in was the recipe for pancakes. Well, I finally did start making pancakes for my family when I was around 10 or 11. For some miraculous reason that my mother and I still can’t understand, my mother did allow me to make pancakes. My theory is that my mother loved pancakes a lot, and she really wasn’t interested in making them herself. My mother bought a mix, I’m pretty sure it was the Aunt Jemima Complete Buttermilk Pancake mix where you only added water. That was okay. I was very happy making the pancakes from a mix for my mother, my father, my brother, and me. When I had children of my own, I enjoyed making homemade buttermilk pancakes. For some reason, I loved making them when the kids had snow days and were home from school. Well, those years are finished, but I always get the desire to make my homemade buttermilk pancakes during Christmas vacation when my kids are all home with me. Right now it’s Christmas vacation in December of 2007. I’m having a wonderful time because I’m off for the week, and my son Benji is home on winter break during his freshman year at Dartmouth College, my son Danny is home too since he’s unemployed right now, and my married daughter Randi, who is also off for the week (she’s a teacher) has been coming over every day. I can’t imagine a better time than this. There is nothing as much fun for me as being home with my three children. Well, we are literally having a food fest due to my uncontrollable desire to cook and bake for the three of them. This morning, I woke up at 6:00 and I started cooking. I started with my kids’ favorite cake (Judy’s famous birthday cake). I loved calling Benji from his room to lick the bowl and the spatula I used to make the chocolate icing. This big 6 foot kid came running from his room, and you’d think he was still 10 years old. I loved watching my kids as they ate a piece of cake. Then I made a batch of my yummy cheese blintzes. I fried up a few for Randi and Benji, and they loved eating them with sour cream on the side. Then I made made a batch of my homemade buttermilk pancakes. Oh, they are so light and so fluffy and so delicious! We ate them while we caught up on some past episodes of Brothers and Sisters. My kids went crazy for the pancakes. Anyway, once you eat these pancakes, it’s hard to order pancakes out because they just are nowhere near as good as the homemade variety. And making them from scratch is super easy, so please try this recipe.
Makes about 20
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 T. melted butter/marg.
Into a large mixing bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and the melted butter or margarine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and combine with a rubber spatula until the batter is still slightly lumpy. Do not overmix.
Heat a nonstick skillet up, and lightly grease it with margarine or butter (butter burns easily, so I usually use margarine). Spoon batter onto griddle. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until the bottom is nicely browned. Then flip, and cook on the other side. Cook about 2 minutes until browned.
Serve with butter and syrup.