Sour cream pancakes

After making the mini chocolate-hazelnut cheesecakes, I had a bit of sour cream leftover.  I try not to waste if I can avoid it so I used some as a topping for chicken quesadillas one night for dinner. The rest, I decided to use for pancakes!
I don't know about you but if I see a recipe from someone named "Edna Mae", I automatically assume it's going to be good and worth a try.  And these are, specifically, Edna Mae's sour cream pancakes, brought to us by The Pioneer Woman - Edna Mae being her husband's grandma.

The title says it all.  These are all about the sour cream, which replaces the typical milk and melted butter.  Besides plenty of sour cream, the pancakes are bonded together with just the slightest amount of flour (just 7 tablespoons with a cup of sour cream!), eggs, and a few other ingredients - some sugar, baking soda, salt, and a touch of vanilla extract.  
It's truly amazing how rich, "heavy" ingredients can make for the lightest result (think: whipped cream).  That's the case with these pancakes.  These sour cream pancakes are soft, really light and fluffy in texture.  You'd never think they were so decadent, which could be rather dangerous! Without much flour, you can clearly taste the flavor of the eggs, which I personally like.  It has a nostalgic flavor to it somehow.

My fellas helped me polish off our batch of these sour cream pancakes in a jiffy last weekend. Without a waffle maker, making pancakes has become my "thing" and since my little guy loves them, I'm happy to whip a batch up (very often!) so I'm always ready to try a new version.  I have to say that these deceptively light pancakes are probably a teeny bit too indulgent for every Sunday morning but they're a great treat when you have some extra sour cream around to use for a good cause.  



Recipe:  

Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes
From The Pioneer Woman

- Makes approximately ten 4-inch pancakes -

1 cup sour cream
7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want the pancakes, what toppings you plan to use on them)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Lightly whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl.  

Stir the sour cream together with the dry ingredients until just combined (don't overmix).  Whisk in the egg mixture until just incorporated.

Heat a griddle over medium-low heat and melt some butter (or use cooking spray like I do) over it. Ladle roughly 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle and cook for about 2 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles begin to form and the sides of the pancake begin to set and brown.  Flip and cook the other side for another minute or so.  These pancakes are more on the soft side.

Serve warm with maple syrup, butter, or whatever you like!







40 comments:

  1. These pancakes must be very tasty! Love the mild tangy taste of sour cream.

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    1. I'd never tried sour cream pancakes before, Angie. They were very "light" and fluffy. Have a great weekend!

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  2. These look great! I don't usually like sour cream so I would substitute it with Greek yogurt. I bet it would be just as tasty!

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    1. I rarely use sour cream, too, Eva. I'd love to know how these would taste with Greek yogurt - great idea!!

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  3. You can tell just by looking at the photos how light and fluffy these are! Delicious :)

    Sues

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    1. Thank you - they are definitely light in *texture*. : )

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  4. hahahahaha! "if i see a recipe from someone named Edna Mae, i automatically assume it's going to be good and worth a try." HECK YEAH, that is TOTALLY TRUE!! Because anyone with that sort of name has been a mom and grandma many, many times over and has learned how to make all the food. I am the exact same way.
    it is interesting that heavy ingredients make for some really light results in baking; i've always been interested in why that is, sour cream in particular. not true with all the heavy things, but enough that it makes you wonder. Sour cream in pancakes? I'm pretty in. i love a good pancake, and that tang and/or acid you get from sour cream would make them wonderful. If i didn't already have a coffee cake and muffins this morning (plus egg casserole to go in the oven later) for a wee brunch this morning, these would be on the agenda. maybe tomorrow for the holiday.

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    1. hehee - I'm glad you got a good laugh out of my silliness (again)! You totally know what I'm sayin'! : )
      I find the whole heavy=light equation really interesting, too. I'd never had sour cream pancakes so they surprised me. I mean these pancakes are 80% sour cream. I suppose it's also like ricotta pancakes, also light because of the ricotta. Hope you had a nice brunch. We are gearing up for one here tomorrow.

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  5. I am hearing Edna Mae's name for the first time, whoever she is.. oh no you said she is Pioneer woman's mother in law, but her pancake recipe is good, really good. The pancakes looks soft and fluffy. I may try them with blueberries.

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    1. They really were soft and fluffy - very interesting with all that sour cream. Working in blueberries would totally work! : )

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  6. Yum!!! I love pancakes of any kind, these sour cream pancakes look divine!

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    1. My 8-yr old is a huge pancake fiend so I have a good excuse to try these recipes. Thanks!

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  7. I don't like waste either so I usually try to incorporate it into baking. These pancakes sounds delicious Monica. I don't make pancakes often but when I do, I always love using sour cream with it. Great post and I hope you're enjoying your weekend. :)

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    1. Sometimes my desire not to waste gets a little too out of hand. I tell myself it's okay to dump a buck down the drain ones in a while - but I don't like it though! haha. With the little one, pancakes are very common at my house. Enjoy the holiday!

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  8. What a perfect way to use up extra sour cream! These pancakes look delightful and perfect for an indulgent breakfast once in a while (:

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    1. I was happy to finish off my sour cream carton, for sure, Monica! haha. The "scary" thing is they didn't taste indulgent but definitely are.

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  9. I've made this recipe before, and thought they were so fabulous! So glad you made them and loved them - the sour cream gives them the best tang and texture!

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    1. I'm not surprised you've tried it, Marie! It is good...Edna Mae knows what she's talking about.

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  10. I was wondering how to use all the sour cream in my fridge after making a cake, Looks like this pancakes would solve my problem. It looks so delicious !!

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    1. Oh yes - this is a great recipe when you have sour cream around. I'm sure you can persuade a few others to join you for some pancakes. : )

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  11. I agree, anything with that name surely would taste awesome. I love adding a bit of sour cream to desserts and they act like magic.

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    1. So true...haha. I know sour cream does wonders on cakes and I guess the magic is naturally similar in pancakes. So much science and wonder in baking! : )

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  12. I do love these pancakes. I am totally inspired to make them again.

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  13. Man, these look so light! ... even if the ingredients aren't necessarily the lightest : ) I'm usually a waffle kind of girl but I do make pancakes once every in a little while ... these may need to happen the next time I have some extra sour cream!

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    1. I love a crispy, warm belgian waffle, Ashley! But since I don't have a waffle maker, I make pancakes - the little one loves them. These pancakes are really fluffy. I tried making pancakes with potato starch recently and that has become my easy, go-to pancake recipe...it makes for super tender pancakes with minimal work. You might be interested in checking it out if you're ever in the market for pancakes and don't have sour cream. : )

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  14. What a lovely way to start your morning! These pancakes look amazing!!!

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    1. I do love making a platter of pancakes for a weekend breakfast... : )

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  15. I love the "flexibility" of these pancakes from the picture :) And yes, sour cream sounds delicious...you just reminded me that I have not made pancakes for a long while.
    Have a wonderful week Monica!

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  16. Gorgeous and tasty looking pancakes!

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  17. I'm a huge fan of pancakes and this is no exception. So hungry just looking at the photos :D

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    1. Pancakes are great breakfast, lunch, or dinner, right Kiran?!

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  18. Next time I am making something with sour cream, I will be sure to save some for this! You won me over when you said the egg flavor is strong. The husband will love that!

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    1. Great way to use up some sour cream. Give it a try and see what you guys think!

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  19. I saw this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's site and I've been wanting to try it! So glad you confirmed they're as delicious as I'd imagined :) Now there just needs to be a lazy sunday to make them...

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    1. I love her show. PW has become a trustworthy source for me...I haven't made a lot of her recipes (we're not cowboys after all so I can't always rationalize the more heartier fare though it looks delicious) but the things I've tried are really good (like her malted choc chip cookies)!

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