Mamaw’s Pancakes, Yum!

by On October 23, 2012 in General, Recipes

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Last week I shared some thoughts about reading with grandparents, and it brought to mind another staple of every trip to my mamaw and grandaddy’s house: pancakes!  My grandmother had an ancient griddle where she would make the most delicious “hotcakes” for me and my brother, which we’d pile high and smother with syrup.  Total comfort food!  One bite and I’m back in mamaw’s kitchen on the window seat at the long oak table, watching her bustle around in her faded apron, the delicious smell of pancakes filling the air.

I now make pancakes almost every weekend for my three kids.  (See, honey, I TOLD you we’d use the griddle more than the grill option on the new stove!)  Even better, I freeze the leftovers and they can have a delicious homemade breakfast all week long.  Here’s the recipe we like best, which started out as mamaw’s and with a few tweaks became our own family favorite!

Mamaw’s Pancakes
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.  Then combine gently with a spatula.  Do not overmix, there should be small to medium size lumps in the batter.  Cook and enjoy!

Other Pancake Recipe Ideas
Sometimes for a special treat, I will add an extra tablespoon of sugar and a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.  Another great variation is blueberry pancakes.  Just add ½ teaspoon lemon zest to the wet ingredients before combining, and fold in a cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen) sprinkled with 1 tablespoon of sugar to the finished batter before cooking.  Last but not least is our favorite healthy but super yummy multigrain pancake and waffle recipe.  What are your family favorites? ')}


  1. Mimi

    October 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    YUMMMM…I’m the Grandmother in this equation and it makes me think I should be making my own french toast recipe when grandkids come to call…thanks for the reminder.

    • caroline

      October 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Great idea, Mimi! Your daughter would love that too 🙂

    • Judy

      October 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Mimi!! Your pancake recipe sounds wonderful, I may just have to try the recipe! I used to be your Grand-Kids preschool teacher….they talked of you often!!! Happy Halloween!

    • Rennan

      December 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Well, you definitely seeuccded in making me hungry! Reminds me of when my son was little, and he would get together with his daddy in the kitchen to make homemade pancakes! I miss those days. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe can’t wait to try this when he finally comes home in March, but hubby and I will give it a test run, or two, beforehand! Lol! This is such a great photo, too! I should get in on this Project 365, but I’ve missed a few days. I also want to thank you for the sweet comment on the picture of my sister’s cat! Your work is beautiful, by the way! Hope you don’t mind I’m going to become a follower! You have a wonderful weekend! – Deborah

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