Happy President’s Day everyone! Who’s your favorite President? Who are you going to vote for? Just kidding, there will be no talk of politics, as important as they are, in this happy blogging craft corner. Today I have a lovely new contributor, Cat from Southern California! I love how eloquent Cat is on her Instagram, somehow making everyday home/mom life seem like a meditative haiku. Here’s Cat!
Buttermilk Pancakes, With Love
Do you find that the degree to which you enjoy a certain food can depend largely upon the memories you have attached to it? I do. A particular chicken pot pie recipe always reminds me of the friend who first brought it to us and joined us for dinner soon after one of our children was born. I never grow tired of the steak marinade that my mom uses for almost every birthday dinner she has made my dad. I’ve come to love the butter and brown sugar crusted sweet potato recipe that my husband’s family used to make every Thanksgiving as he was growing up because I enjoy seeing the delight in his eyes when he serves two heaping spoonfuls onto his plate. Making food as a way to show people you love them is as old as time itself.
One of my favorite food memories is waking up early on Saturday mornings, completing the newspaper route (usually with my Dad), and coming back to enjoy buttermilk pancakes hot off the griddle.
Growing up, pancakes were my parent’s go-to when we had enough time as a family to enjoy a slightly lazy Saturday morning breakfast. And these weren’t just from the box – oh no. This was a family recipe passed down from my grandmother, back several generations before food needed to be fast, packaged, boxed or frozen. Friends who slept over the night before were introduced to this slow, simple but delicious treat, often topped with maple syrup harvested from my grandfather’s maple trees in Northern Michigan. I still have at least one friend who uses this recipe to feed her own children!
I love that this has become my own family’s pancake recipe as well. No boxed mix can compare. My daughter loves to join me in helping to beat the egg whites and mix the batter separately.
For now, my son simply enjoys eating them, or smashing pieces of them between his fingers. I know someday that both of them will learn this recipe well enough to be the chefs while their dad and I simply enjoy the feasting. In the meantime, I’ll try to teach them a love of slow-made food, the peace of a lazy morning meal, and the joy that comes in gathering and sharing a meal together.
Cat’s Secret Family Buttermilk Pancakes
1 2/3 c buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour
1 TB sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 T canola oil OR melted butter
Separate egg yolks from whites. Whip up whites until fluffy, and set aside.
With yolks, add buttermilk & oil/butter, and beat until mixed. Gradually add dry ingredients while mixing until all ingredients are well thoroughly mixed into a batter. Fold in the beaten egg whites with a spatula, and cook pancakes on a greased hot skillet. Pancakes can be flipped when you start to see bubbles forming on the uncooked side. When pancake is a golden-brown color on both sides, remove from griddle & serve.
My suggestion: best served with maple syrup. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, whipped cream and strawberries.
Cat is a wife, mom, and grateful follower of Jesus. If you offer her a cup of coffee with cream, a handful of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans (but please, not both), or a funny book, she will probably be your forever friend. A MidWestern gal trying to make sense of So Cal (she actually misses snow), you can find her attempting to blog at http://thecatharticblend.blogspot.com.