(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes | Once Upon a Recipe

Well, hello beautiful!

I mean, is that a beautiful stack of pancakes or what?

I have enjoyed these pancakes twice in the last month – once when I was incredibly hung over and another time when I was not even a little bit hung over. They tasted equally fantastic both of those times. However, if there’s one thing I’ve come to learn in my thirties, it’s that having more than a couple of drinks in one evening is just not worth the pain that follows the next day. And tequila shots are never a good idea. Even if they seem like a good idea at the time, they are not a good idea. Put down the tequila!

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes | Once Upon a Recipe

Hangovers aside, these buttermilk pancakes really are the way to make your weekend magical. Imagine yourself slowly waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning, at your own pace, and not to the annoying ring of an alarm. You’re still in your pyjamas. You put on some good tunes, start the coffee. And as it brews, the smell of coffee and magic and rainbows fills the air, and you start to gather the ingredients to make the fluffiest, most tender pancakes you’ve ever made. The recipe is simple – chances are you’ve got everything you need already sitting in your fridge and cupboards. The batter comes together easily, and soon enough you’re spooning it into a hot frying pan, and its sweet aroma is enough to wake the others in the house (furry others included). And before you know it, you’re settling down to enjoy a stack of hot buttermilk pancakes, swimming in butter and maple syrup. Life is good.

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes | Once Upon a Recipe

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes | Once Upon a Recipe

In case you haven’t been counting down to the weekend like I have, I’m here to let you know that we’ve only got one more day to go before these pancake dreams can become a reality!

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes (adapted from The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez-Alt)

The trick to making these pancakes tender and fluffy is to whisk the egg whites separately and then fold into the pancake mixture. It’s a quick and easy step that makes a big difference. These pancakes reheat well – just store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within a couple of days. Makes about 10 large pancakes. 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 TBSP. sugar

2 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt

1 tsp. vanilla

4 TBSP. unsalted butter, melted

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Slowly add the melted butter while whisking. Gently fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and fold until just combined (do not overmix). The batter will be thick and lumpy.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 1/2 cup of batter into the skillet and gently spread out evenly. Allow to cook until small bubbles start to appear on the top and the bottoms are golden brown (about 2 minutes). Gently flip over and cook the other side until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Serve the pancakes immediately with butter and maple syrup.

(The Best) Buttermilk Pancakes | Once Upon a Recipe

A Queen’s Breakfast | Cranberry Oat Scones

I’m on a baking binge this week. I have decided to do the no grains diet again for the month of February. I know, I know, I’m CRAZY. This coming from the girl that eats granola every morning, loves a big ‘ol sandwich for lunch, and adores pasta, bread, and everything grain-y in between. Consequently, I’m trying to get my grain fix in these last few days of January by baking some of my favorite treats. Fortunately, I have a few posts lined up, so the rest of you will not have to suffer in grain-free hell with me. I know, I’m too kind. 🙂

Baked goodies are a real breakfast treat for me. Knowing that a tender muffin, a warm cinnamon bun, or a crumbly scone is waiting for my empty stomach in the morning…almost makes getting out a bed a little easier. I haven’t tried a lot of scone recipes since I came across this one a couple of years ago. It is such a good recipe – I’ve never felt the need to search for another. The sweetness from the cranberries and the little bit of sugar requires no additions to these yummy scones, so leave the jam in the fridge and try them out on their own. The fresh lemon zest and buttermilk give such a fresh flavor. These are keeper scones right here.

Cranberry Oat Scones (adapted from joyofbaking.com)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup dried cranberries

zest of one lemon

2/3 to 3/4 cup buttermilk

Egg wash: 1 large egg + 1 TBSP. milk

Preheat the oven to 375°F and place rack in the center of the oven. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Add the butter and cut it into the flour mixture with two knives or a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the rolled oats, dried cranberries, and zest. Mix until combined. Stir in the buttermilk (start with 2/3 cup and add more if necessary) and mix just until the dough comes together.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and press the dough into a circle that is approximately 7 inches round and about 1.75 inches thick. Cut the circle into 8 triangular section. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make an egg wash of one beaten egg mixed with 1 TBSP. of milk and brush the tops of the scones with the egg mixture.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and lightly dust with icing sugar. Enjoy (and try not to eat all 8 scones in one sitting would ya?)! Very happy eating to you all.

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