The superiority of the buttermilk pancake
This buttermilk pancakes recipe was created by Chef Bradford Kent of Olio Pizzeria and Café for my book Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods. It has become my go-to pancake batter recipe. I think it will become yours, too.
Buttermilk, simply put, elevates pancakes to a level of breakfast superiority. I love the faint tang it brings to these buttermilk pancakes, especially when it’s combine with the floral sweetness of (aphrodisiac) strawberries. If you love pancakes, you really have to try this!
This is sure to become your go-to pancake recipe. You won't believe buttermilk pancakes this good are this easy.
- 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
- 1 c whipping cream
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar sifted
- 1 1/2 c 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 c nonfat milk
- 3/4 c buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 1 c 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 combine. 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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