Since I'm still waffling about whether or not I should buy a waffle maker, I keep busy flipping pancakes on the weekends! Truth be told, it's a good crisp waffle that I crave more often than pancakes but because my son and husband enjoy pancakes so much, I make them all the time (as you might have noticed).
In the last few years that I started making pancakes at home (from scratch, because, yes...I once used boxed pancake mix), I have discovered some delicious recipes and I make most of them very often. It dawned on me recently that I don't have a basic buttermilk pancake recipe.
The buttermilk pancakes I do make are Gwyneth Paltrow's overnight recipe; honestly, those babies are so delicious that I didn't really feel the need for another buttermilk pancake recipe but they are quite different from your typical diner-style buttermilk pancakes. Whereas the diner ones are your fluffy, relatively mild-tasting flapjacks, the overnight recipe makes relatively thin, super-soft, ultra-tender and tangy pancakes. The overnight sitting is pretty much a necessity and I like the idea of having a simpler, more familiar buttermilk pancake recipe in my repertoire.
Well, mission accomplished. I spotted this diner-style buttermilk pancake recipe from the latest issue of Food Network Magazine. I was particularly intrigued by the idea of adding a little baking soda in the pancakes to help with even browning. I do have to say, even after making these, that I'm pretty convinced that the evenly browned pancakes we get from our diner comes from a well buttered griddle more than anything else (I use a little cooking spray). So while my homemade buttermilk pancakes didn't look exactly like the ones I get at our local diners, they were fluffy, moist, and tender, with a familiarly milder buttermilk flavor that we recognize.
I'm happy to have this easy, tasty recipe for buttermilk pancakes that I can whip up very quickly for breakfast. Since I always find myself with extra buttermilk whenever I do buy it for a recipe, I know it'll come in handy.