Aside from the fact this is simply the best homemade buttermilk pancakes recipe of all time, this pancake recipe for two can turn mornings into the most romantic time of day. Whether you’re making them for a brunch date at home or surprising your lover with breakfast in bed, this easy pancake recipe will help you woo someone with food.
How to make fluffy pancakes for two
I love buttermilk pancakes in general but this recipe has a remarkably fluffy texture and just the right tang. And these homemade fluffy pancakes are exactly what I want someone serving me for breakfast in bed.
The recipe creates simple yet beautifully fluffy buttermilk pancakes with all-purpose flour but you can experiment with rice flour if you need to make your pancake breakfast gluten-free.
To make great pancakes, first mix your dry ingredients. Then whisk the eggs before combining them with the rest of the wet ingredients. The final step to making the batter is to fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
Two tips for making great pancakes every time
The two tricks to great pancakes are resting your batter before you cook it. We recommend letting the buttermilk batter sit for 10 minutes. And you must make sure your pan is hot enough. (Note the water test in the recipe below. Do not skip this step!)
Why make pancakes with buttermilk?
Why does buttermilk make superior pancakes? The acidity in buttermilk gives the baking soda a bit of a jumpstart. This makes for the fluffiest pancakes. (And, as I touched in in my introduction, the flavor of buttermilk gives the pancakes a little added complexity of flavor.)
The trick to making a fluffy batter
Why does this buttermilk pancake recipe call for baking soda and baking powder? Because if you used just baking soda, the flavor–a sort of metallic tang–would come through in the final pancakes. So to create a balance of texture and flavor, Kent’s recipe uses a little of both.
How to serve these buttermilk pancakes for two
If you want to surprise someone for breakfast, think about your presentation. These pancakes, with whipped cream topping and scarlet red strawberries, are a delight for the eyes. But think about how you can serve them, maybe on a breakfast tray with a small vase of flowers.
And don’t forget to put some mood music on in the background.
If your lover is a pancake person, don’t save these pancakes for breakfast. Add a side of (aphrodisiac) bacon and serve them as a savory and sweet dinner treat or maybe as a midnight snack.
This recipe comes from my aphrodisiac cookbook Romancing the Stove. This means I’ve already done the work for you of ensuring that this fluffy, small-batch pancake recipe is layered with aphrodisiacs and sensuality. All you have to do is find the right time and place to make these whipped cream-topped pancakes for two.
Note that although these aren’t super small batch pancakes, the serving is meant for two. However, if you aren’t that hungry, a batch could serve a family of four.
Sultry Strawberries ‘N’ Cream Buttermilk Pancakes for Two
- 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar sifted
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- pinch cinnamon
- 2 lg eggs
- 3/4 cup nonfat milk
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup strawberries thinly sliced
- maple syrup
- Chill the bowl and whisk of an electric mixer.
- Scrape the pulp from 1/2 the vanilla bean, reserving the rest for another time. Add it to the chilled bowl along with the whipping cream and powdered sugar. Whip until the cream forms soft peaks. Refrigerate until serving.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon.
- Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add in milk, buttermilk, vanilla and vegetable oil, mixing until thoroughly combined. Fold in the flour mixture and allow batter to rest for 10 minutes.
- Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat until it is hot enough to make a few drops of water scatter before evaporating. Brush griddle with vegetable oil and ladle 1/4 c batter onto the skillet for each pancake.
- Cook until they bubble on top, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden.
- For the sultry experience, feed pancakes to each other straight off the griddle, topping each (or each other) with strawberries, freshly whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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For more of my aphrodisiac recipes, check out Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.
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