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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!
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? ')}