Whenever my brother comes home, it’s like we’re hosting the royal family.
As he settles on the couch with soccer on TV and newspaper in hand, my mom bustles around the kitchen trying to figure out the coffeemaker, my dad inquires about my brother’s sleep quality, and I am in the kitchen rolling my eyes and sweating over a hot stove of bacon, eggs, and pancakes.
At this point in our lives, Bisquick won’t do. These are from scratch pancakes, lovingly measured, whisked, folded, and flipped – fit for a king called Buddy.
As grease pops dot my skin and my glasses smear with butter, I grumble and complain and say things like, “Anything else your highness?” “Did you want that maple syrup warmed?” As second-child sarcastic as I may sound, the truth is I love doing it.
My favorite kitchen memories weren’t made in culinary school or during my time as a pastry chef; but as a daughter, a friend, a sister feeding loved ones in my home. Cooking is about making people happy and pancakes always do the trick.
So here is my recipe for the fluffiest, homemade, Good Enough For Buddy Buttermilk Pancakes.
Make some for someone you love – your romantic associate, a lifelong friend, your parents, or that older brother you wish would visit more often.
Measure out all your stuff. Mix the dry ingredients together, mix the wet ingredients together.
Mix wet and dry together.
Butter a skillet, let that butter sizzle, pour some batter on it, wait for it to bubble, about 3 -5 minutes.
Flip dat cake. Cook for another 2 – 3 minutes until golden brown and puffed.
An all too familiar scene in my house. My brother enjoying homemade pancakes, reading the paper, watching tv, drinking coffee, and then taking a nap from a busy morning of doing nothin’.
Buddy prefers his syrup warmed… do you?
Good Enough For Buddy Buttermilk Pancakes
3 cups of all purpose flour
3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
a large pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 cup of whole milk
1/3 cup of butter, melted, plus more for frying.
1 tablespoon of vanilla
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, whole milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
Melt a tablespoon of the additional butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Just before you are ready to cook the pancakes, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until combined. It is okay if there are some lumps.
Using a ladle, scoop the batter onto the skillet with melted butter.
Let cook on first side until bubbles start to form around the edges, about 3 – 5 minutes.
Flip the pancake and cook for an additional 2 – 3 minutes until the pancake is nicely browned.
Remove from skillet, slather with even more butter, and serve with syrup, confectioner’s sugar, or whatever you want.
You can also add blueberries, chocolate chips, sliced banana, etc. The world is your oyster.