26 March 2006

Make your own buttermilk pancake mix

In: Mealtime

I love the idea of special Sunday breakfasts, but actually cooking them...let's just say my bed feels pretty good on Sunday mornings. Good thing I found this recipe for homemade buttermilk pancake mix. All natural (unlike Bisquick), and, once the mix is made, all you need is an egg, a little oil and some water to whip up perfect, fluffy pancakes. I replace some of the white flour with whole wheat, and store the mix in the freezer.

(According to the Recipe Source link, the recipe originally appeared in the Make-A-Mix Cookbook.)

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You can do this with muffin mix too. Add blueberries, dried fruit, mashed banana, or you name it when you mix them up, but having the mix saves thinking in the morning, and lets you use organic or whole grains to make improvement over store mixes.

If you can't find buttermilk powder, but have access to buttermilk, Alton Brown (from the Food Network) has a recipe for homemade instant pancake mix which we have used : http://tinyurl.com/yqx2m

If you use regular milk in this recipe instead of buttermilk, use about 2/3 as much or the batter will be too watery.

Do it from scratch:

Mix 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat *pastry* flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 and 3/4 tsp baking powder, and 1 or 2 tbs sugar.

Add 1 cup milk, 3 tbs oil, and 1 or 2 eggs to dry ingredients.

Mix and cook.

The number of eggs should be what your toddler thinks is appropriate. You don't even need to beat the eggs before adding them.

We make this recipe about 2 times a week; it works great for us.

Ah! someone beat me to the alton brown link. Those were some delicious and rewarding pancakes! Ironically enough, Jack Johnson's song "Banana Pancakes" was playing while posting this.

"Banana Pancakes" is one of the songs in my Optimistic iMix! (See "What we're listening to" in the sidebar.)

Our best quick pancake recipe:

1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbl sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tbl melted butter

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to mix. Add wet ingredients, whisk until there are small lumps remaining.

Makes 10 normal-sized pancakes, and takes less than 5 minutes to make the batter.

Pancake hint: preheat your oven to 200 and keep them on a plate in the oven until all are done, so you can EAT with your kid.

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