The superiority of the buttermilk pancake
This is my all-time favorite pancake recipe. I love buttermilk pancakes in general but this recipe has a remarkably fluffy texture and just the right tang. It’s the recipe I turn to on lazy weekend mornings.
Chef Bradford Kent of Olio Pizzeria and Café created this recipe for my third cookbook, Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.Although Kent is known for his chewy, glutinous, thin-crust pizza doughs, he’s a master of all baked goods, including buttermilk pancakes.
Why buttermilk pancakes?
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.)
So 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.
Breakfast, brunch, dinner–a romantic recipe for any time of day
Although this is categorized as a breakfast recipe, the comforting flavors and textures of pancakes works any time of day. Whether you’re craving pancakes at noon on Saturday or love the simplicity for an easy dinner idea on a Wednesday night, buttermilk pancakes are always the right answer. And these are the pancakes I make for a quick, weeknight meal. The addition of extra strawberries and maybe a side of bacon make the meal stick to the ribs until morning.
And if you’re wondering if this buttermilk pancake recipe is the right dish for a romantic occasion, of course it is! It came from my aphrodisiac cookbook, after all. Imagine waking to the sight of your lover holding out a tray of warm pancakes, still crisp on the edges and steaming in the center.
So what makes these pancakes aphrodisiac? Obviously, the main ingredients in buttermilk pancakes would never be classified as aphrodisiac. In fact, except for a splash of vanilla, the pancakes ingredients aren’t really aphrodisiac at all. With these pancakes, it’s all in how you top them and how they’re served. Think serving them with a cup of hot coffee, the contrast of the bitter, caffeinated brew against the sweet fluff of the pancakes. Consider adding a side of whipped cream, in which you can dip each bite of hotcake before hand feeding it to your lover. Then, of course, there’s the strawberries. Crimson red symbols of romance, their aphrodisiac history is of legendary repute. Lastly, don’t skip on the maple syrup. Because believe it or not, this sticky, viscous elixir is also an ingredient in the arsenal of love.
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 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 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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