I love fluffy, homemade pancakes, and so does my son. My favorite recipe is from Alton Brown, these are delicious every time.
I don’t make his ‘instant’ mix, I just make one portion (about 12 pancakes) right away. Note that you can make these with milk instead of buttermilk, but they don’t become as fluffy and yummy, and you should replace the baking soda with more baking powder.
Ingredients (original recipe from Food Network) :
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 cups buttermilk (475 ml)
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 2 cups all purpose flour (475 ml)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- butter for the pan
- blue berries
1. Melt the butter
2. Separate the eggs with the whites in a bigger bowl and a yolks in a smaller.
3. Add the buttermilk to the whites and mix well.
4. Mix the butter well with the yolks.
5. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the yolk and butter one, and mix well.
6. Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar) in the big bowl. Make sure the baking soda and powder is completely mixed in.
7. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and mix lightly, take care not to over- mix. The batter should be slightly lumpy. It should be thicker than cream, almost like a muffin batter. If it feels a little too thick, you can add more buttermilk or regular milk.
8. Heat a big non stick pan or griddle, and add some butter, about 1/2-1 tsp.
9. Drop pancake batter on the hot pan, how much depend on how big you want your pancake. I usually use 1/3 cup measurer.
10. Gently drop blueberries onto the pancakes, and press them into the batter.
11. When the dough has set and the bottom of the pancakes are brown, flip them over.
12. Transfer to a plate when the other side is browned, add a tiny bit of butter to the pan and repeat.
You can make them without blueberries, of course, they are great either way. I have also made them with chocolate chips instead, but you have to be very careful to press them deeply into the pancake as they will burn more easily than the blueberries.
I like Alton Brown’s way of adding blueberries, if you add them to the batter it is hard to get an even distribution in the batter.