THE ONLY PANCAKES MY FAMILY WILL ALLOW

the weekend is almost upon us, and it is cold. it seems that our fall season has decided to only make a short appearance this year and winter has set in. part of christian and i not working 9-5's are that we don't need to rush every morning and there is always time for warm breakfast. most of the time this means hot cereal, steel cut oats and bananas get a lot of play around here, but some mornings call for something special.

so, pancakes. we are no longer a boxed mix pancake family. we used to be, until i ran out of pancake mix one morning and in a pinch attempted them from scratch. my first ones were pretty good - i looked in my copy of "joy of cooking" and just made the standard buttermilk pancake. they were good enough that my husband requested them again. however,  i came across a recipe for sour cream pancakes on pinterest one day and my interest was peaked. i made them up the following morning, tweaked the recipe a tiny bit to my liking, and then committed it to memory. they are magic if i do say so myself. tangy, sweet, super fluffy - they are my family's new favorite, and perfect for cold winter mornings. they would make a great addition to a big breakfast, with eggs, bacon, hash-browns, and what not, but they also stand alone just fine.



here is my recipe for sour cream pancakes, adapted from "the pioneer woman's" recipie:

1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 cup low-fat or no-fat sour cream (greek yogurt could be used as a substitute if that's your thing)
1 teaspoon vanilla
butter (trust me, don't use cooking spray).
syrup of your choice

mix your dry ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork, add eggs, sour cream or greek yogurt, and vanilla and mix until eggs are incorporated but batter is still lumpy. sit the batter aside for five minutes and make some coffee or bacon. then heat a pan or skillet to medium-low heat. grease the pan or skillet with butter. don't be tempted to use cooking spray - the butter adds a crispness to the pancakes and flavors them, cooking spray just doesn't give the same results. using a small ladle spoon a small amount of pancake onto the skillet. i have a small skillet and get four pancakes onto mine with no problem. 


now wait until they just start to get bubbly. this is where these pancakes become high-maintenance and will easily become all temperamental, burning easily if you are not tending to them. stand there with a pancake turner and wait, they don't take long to cook. once they are bubbly and look like the edges are starting to become dry, carefully turn them. you know they are ready when they will allow you to pull them away from the pan or skillet with the turner - if they aren't ready they just won't go. turn them and let them cook for a couple more minutes. for some reason they cook really quick once they are flipped. you can butter them if you wish, or just pour a little syrup on them (they really don't need much syrup, my photo shows them drowning in it - not necessary!). eat them immediately.


have a great weekend!

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