I love to wake early in the morning and make
pancakes. While stirring the batter ingredients, I’m reminded
of yellow tulips mingling with earth. I love the perfume of
butter rising from the pan. Tulips, waffles, doughnuts, cookies
and pancakes are Dutch contributions to our lives. This thick
batter actually produces light pancakes. Try piping batter into
the pan in shapes like flowers or names.
If you want to make blueberry pancakes, drop a few
blueberries on pancakes when you see bubbles forming. There are
topping ideas at the end of this recipe and a variation using
oil and all-purpose flour instead of the whole-wheat flour.
cups all-purpose flour
tablespoons toasted wheat germ or wheat bran
tablespoon granulated sugar
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
unsalted butter, melted
or oil for frying
1. In a large bowl, stir the all-purpose
flour, whole-wheat flour,
wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda
salt until blended.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, milk and butter.
egg mixture into the dry ingredients, whisk until all
the dry ingredients
are just moistened.
3. Heat a 13-inch griddle or a frying pan over medium heat.
For the best
results, oil or butter the griddle lightly.
4. Drop ¼ cup measures of batter onto the griddle. When 3 or 4
pop on the surface of the pancakes, turn and fry for
a minute or more
until pancakes are cooked.
5. Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup or a
topping of your
1: You can serve buttermilk pancakes in so many ways.
can drained raspberries with 1 ½ cups boysenberry syrup
pancakes with raspberries and whipped cream.
Topping 2: For an apple topping, melt ¼ cup
butter in a 3-quart
saucepan. Then add 8 peeled and sliced
Braeburn apples. Cook
apples are soft, but still hold their shape. Sprinkle with
cinnamon and 3 tablespoons almonds. Stir in
2 cups pure maple syrup.
Heat and serve over pancakes.
Variation: To make pancake house style pancakes,
oil for the melted butter and use all-purpose flour
in place of the whole-
wheat flour. I find they taste delicious
if you also double the sugar.