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Good Eats - Pancakes

Good Eats - Pancakes

This morning I finally decided to try Alton Brown’s pancake recipe.  If you’re not a food network junkie like me, you may not know who Alton Brown is, but you should.  He’s awesome.  He marries the wonderful world of food with the nerdy world of science.  Hmmm, now why would that appeal to me?

Like many of his recipes, they are a bit more complex than your average recipe.  But really, aside from the fussiness of separating the eggs, it wasn’t bad at all.

The Ingredients

The Ingredients

So you see here for the liquid ingredients: 2 separated eggs, melted butter and buttermilk.  The egg yolks get mixed into the butter, and the egg whites are mixed in with the buttermilk.  It actually makes a lot of sense, as Alton describes, the fats go together (butter and yolks) and the non-fats go together.  Then they all get mixed together into one glorious, goopy mess.  Then the liquids go in on top of the dry ingredients.  Mix together – but not too much – and voila!

Pancake Batter

Pancake Batter

And of course meanwhile, you have the griddle getting nice and hot, right???

These pancakes cooked up very nicely, although I had to watch them like a hawk so they wouldn’t burn.  I think the addition of butter instead of oil in the batter makes these slightly more susceptable to burning.

Pancakes on the Griddle

Overall, we thought this recipe was a winner.  Greg even commented that he like these better than other buttermilk pancakes that I’ve made in the past because they don’t have a slightly sour aftertaste.  I guess he’s sensitive to the buttermilk flavor.  The texture was nice and the flavor was perfectly pancake-y.  Well, what else can you say about the flavor about pancakes?  They taste like butter and maple syrup, right?

Prep Ranking: #1 – Make on the Fly (easy, but I’d save it for the weekends for breakfast, unless you regularly get up with an hour to spare)
Tastiness Grade: 9 out of 10

You can find the recipe here.

I made the recipe using 2-cups dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar, plus the requisite wet ingredients.

I got 15 good sized (5-6 inch) pancakes out of it.

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