u Forever! I have battled with recipe after recipe for buttermilk pancakes. I finally combined two recipes and discovered the airy, sweet perfection I've sought out for so many years.
So! Gone are the days of frustrating & complicated recipes. I will never buy another instant mix again. It's easy and there are a few ingredients and steps and behaviors. Yes. Behaviors. It's all about milk cultures, gluten and Father time.
The key is a superior buttermilk, a tried and true "all purpose" flour and SHUGAH!
I use "Friendship" brand cultured buttermilk and "White Lily" brand lite baking flour. Let's get started. Oh! Make sure to use real white cane sugar. NONE that are derived from turnips or root veggies. They're too heavy and leave an odd aftertaste.
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
3 tablespoons (40 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Plus! extra butter to grease the pan.
In a medium mixing bowl. Measure out all of your dry ingredients into the bowl. Then dry whisk them together. Next add your beaten egg and the buttermilk. HAND whisk your batter. Don't be a sissy. Plus, electric mixers lend themselves to over working the batter and removing the air you want and they break down the gluten in the flour. Hand whisk until the batter is thick and smooth. Just eyeball it as you go. Then set the batter aside for 20 to 25 minutes to allow it to proof. It's all simple chemistry. Really!
Time to fry these lovelies. Take a tablespoon of butter and put it in smallish saute' pan and bring it to a lite sizzle.
3 1/2 to 4 on your dial. To dole out the batter I use a medium soup ladle and a spoon to move this velvety batter from the ladle into the pan. You don't want to go above 4 1/2 heat. Burnt pancakes suck! Now. The way to tell that it's time to flip your cakes. When you see bubbles start rise to the outside of the cake and form wholes on the surface. You gently flip. Watch the cake. It will begin to elevate. When you see that? It's time to remove it.
Serve these with any topping you like or just plain old Maple Syrup and butter, two eggs scrammed and a couple of sausage patties! Enjoy!