Monday, January 5, 2009

"Buttermilk" Pancakes

Pancakes seem like the simplest of morning foods.  I've had a lot of great ones, and unfortunately I have had lots of bad ones as well.  Sadly, a lot of the bad ones have some from my own kitchen.  For some reason I could never get pancakes right and it drove me crazy.  I could make all these other foods which were much more complicated but my pancakes didn't taste good, or stuck to the pan, or had a bad texture or something else.  

Everyone has different preferences for pancakes, but I have finally come up with a recipe that I think is perfect.  They have a decent rise, but are not too puffy and dry.  They have some elasticity but are not rubbery.  And with soy margarine and maple syrup they have the greatest flavor.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

"Buttermilk" Pancakes

1 cup Soymilk
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2/3 cup Water
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Unbleached White Flour
1 Tb Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt

Mix together the soymilk and lemon juice; let stand a few minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the "buttermilk" mixture, water and vanilla to the flour ingredients and whisk until mostly smooth.  Pour 1/3 cup batter into a greased pan or griddle.  Heat until bubbles appear on top of pancakes and flip.  Heat another minute until pancake is cooked and golden in color.  Most pans do not need to be re-greased between pancakes.  Makes 7 - 5 inch pancakes.


krissy said...

Yum! I love that first pic. I have been super into pancakes this last year. I always have peanut butter on them. The peanut butter and maple syrup are great together and then you get some protein, too.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

um, way to make the most perfect looking stack of pancakes in the world, Chelsea!

chelsea said...

yesterday morning i wanted to make pancakes, and usually we use the recipe from vegan with a vengeance but i couldn't find the book. i saw this post on my google reader and thought damn those look good! so we made them and holy crap they are delicious! we were shocked at how perfectly simple and delicious they they are now our go-to pancakes! thanks so much for the recipe!

Scott Jenson said...

You should try lowering the baking powder and adding 1/2 tsp baking soda instead. This does two things: 1) It adds some additional lifting power (it reacts well with the lemon juice in your recipe) but also, it will enhance the browning of the pancakes making them look much better.

scott Jenson

disa said...