Thursday, March 28, 2013

Special Sprinkles Pancakes

Game changer pancakes!  I have been making my pancakes the same old way for YEARS!  I think it was my mom's recipe(?), I can throw them together in minutes.  I saw this recipe recently and thought the sprinkles would be great as a special pancake for Easter brunch...but the batter!  So. Delish.  This will be my new go to pancake recipe. It's just as simple, and takes no extra time than my regular recipe, but the addition of buttermilk made them so light and fluffy.  I don't keep buttermilk on hand, I just use milk and lemon juice whenever it's called for, here's my trick:
add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to 1 cup regular milk (I use 2%), let it stand for about 5-10 minutes to curdle, stir...aaaand Buttermilk!  See?  So easy!

Double your batch if your feeding a large crew, or if you want to make ahead to refrigerate or freeze for busy weekday mornings.   Serve with your favorite pancake toppings like: maple syrup, whip cream, yogurt, and fruit galore!

Special Sprinkles (Buttermilk) Pancakes
Recipe Adapted From: Averie Cooks

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 cup buttermilk more, if necessary
1 large egg
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and whisk to combine; set bowl aside.
I like to use a large measuring cup, then I can pour the batter directly from it into the pan, not making more dishes using ladles or smaller measuring cups.  So, to the measuring cup add buttermilk, egg, oil, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add wet and dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. If it seems too thick for your liking, add some more buttermilk, but this batter will be thick, and lumpy, it’s okay!
Spray a large, non-stick skillet with cooking spray, and use medium heat. Once skillet is hot, pour a generous amount of batter into pan, roughly ¼ cup if you're wanting to make huge extra special pancakes, and add less batter for smaller pancakes!
Cook until bubbles appear in the center of the pancakes, and add a generous amount of sprinkles right before you're ready to flip.  Flip carefully (they’re kinda floppy), and cook second side until done and golden. 


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