Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the staple in home cooking as they are easy to prepare and delicious to consume. Whether you choose to eat them with sweet condiments or savory condiments, you’ll find that a good pancake recipe can be one of the most versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ve chosen this recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection. It is a tried and true, never-fail buttermilk pancake recipe that will serve you well for many years. See the original post here.
Did you know that pancakes have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years? Apparently, Otzi the Iceman had remnants of ‘pancakes’ in his stomach when he was discovered in the Italian Alps about 5300 years after he died. You can read about him (and pancakes) here on the National Geographic website. At least when he died, he’d just enjoyed a hearty meal!
Apparently, buttermilk has a long history, too. And the buttermilk you buy in the store today doesn’t necessarily resemble the buttermilk (from actually churning sweet cream into butter) from yesteryear. The acidity in today’s “cultured” buttermilk works with the baking soda to give a lighter texture to your pancake (or any baked goods). You can read more about it here.
We hope you’ll try (and enjoy) this recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Let us know in the comments below how you like your pancakes. Sweet? Savory? Fluffy? Thin? Tiny? Huge? The variations are unlimited.
NOTE: This recipe calls for salt. We have several varieties of salt at The Kitchen Company. We also have just the right pancake flipper, ladle, and measure cup or spoon. We even have pancake dispensers for those who really, REALLY like to have uniform pancakes! Come by and see – we’ll be waiting for you!
The key to light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch? Don't overmix the batter—it should have small to medium lumps. Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1998
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 4 tbsp butter unsalted, melted + 1/2 teaspoon for griddle
Heat griddle to 375 degrees f. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tbsp melted butter; whisk to combine. Do not overmix. Batter should have small to medium lumps
Heat oven to 175 degrees f. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off the griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 tsp butter onto the griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.
Using a 4-ounce ladle (about 1/2 cup) pour pancake batter in pools two inches away from one another. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2 1/2 minutes) flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments.
This lovely little pancake is from the Breakfast At Morning Glory cookbook by Patty Groth. Patty owns Morning Glory Restaurant in Ashland Oregon. Her cookbook is available at the restaurant and, if you are lucky, you may even get an autographed edition!
Morning Glory opened in 1997 in a converted 1926 craftsman style house at 1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Their specialty is breakfast but lunches are popular as well. They are open seven days a week (thank goodness for us!) from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm. If you are anywhere in the Rogue Valley or southern Oregon in general, it’s most certainly worth a trip to Ashland for breakfast (or lunch) in this well-loved establishment. Give them a call if you need any further information 541-488-8636
In honor of our celebration of National Pancake Day (September 26) and our pancake-palooza in the store on Saturday, September 28, 2019, we’ve been adding pancake recipes to our (slowly growing) collection of recipes. This is one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Roy (& Frank)
NOTE: This recipe contains cocoa powder. The Kitchen Company carries two types of cocoa powder by Guittard, makers of fine chocolate products for 150 years and based in the US.
These wonderfully thin pancakes have a richness to them that comes from the addition of cocoa. The batter seems thin but it thickens as it rests. Best if made the day before serving, covered and refrigerated. Just slice your bananas and add to the batter or serve on top. We do both. Serve with walnut butter or lemon butter and pure maple syrup.
NOTE: reprinted from the book Breakfast At Morning Glory – Recipes, Mishaps and Adventures from the Little Blue House by Patty Groth
Buckwheat Banana Pancakes
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup buckwheat
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine flour, buckwheat, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together eggs, milk, and vegetable oil and add to the dry mix. Whisk to combine.
If leaving until tomorrow, cover and put in the refrigerator. If cooking today, let the batter rest a bit.
Cook on a hot, greased pancake griddle.
Flip when bubbles appear on the tops and cook for two more minutes
These pancakes are from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food (2006) and are an easy recipe for pancakes any day (or night) of the week. Pancakes from scratch are a fabulous recipe to begin teaching children the basics of cooking. They don’t have a lot of ingredients but you’ll use your measuring cups, measuring spoons, and mixing bowls so the kids will learn the different measurements and how to get just what you need for the recipe. You’ll also be using basic cooking utensils such as a mixing spoon, whisk, and perhaps a ladle. Always supervise the cooking as the skillet is hot! When the pancakes are done, enjoy sharing them with your little cooks and watch how proud they are when they present you with a nice stack of heaven.
Easy Basic Pancakes
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 Large egg
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Unsalted butter melted, or vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees f; have a baking sheet or heat-proof platter ready to keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).
Heat a large skillet or griddle (non-stick or cast iron) over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half and moisten with oil; carefully rub the skillet with oiled paper towel.
For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet, using the back of the sppon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet)
Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. If they are burning before the bubbles appear, turn the heat down a bit. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven. Continue with more oil and the remaining batter. You should have 12 to 15 pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.
These pancakes are my go-to item when having guests for breakfast or brunch and they are always a hit. The recipe is tried and true. I found it in a book we used to carry in the store called The Cornbread Gospels by Crescent Dragonwagon. We are no longer able to get the book for the store but it is available through Amazon private sellers and at Barnes & Noble online. At the time of this writing, Powell’s Book Store in Portland was out of stock.
I hope you get as much enjoyment from this recipe as I have.
Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
- 1/3 cup Stone-ground yellow corn meal
- 1/2 cup Unbleached white flour
- 1/2 cup Whole wheat flour preferably pastry flour
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Baking powder
- 1 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Egg
- Zest of one orange finely grated, preferably organic
- 1 cup Orange juice preferably freshly squeezed (about 2 large oranges)
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp Buttermilk
- 2 tsp Butter melted
- 1 cup Blueberries fresh or frozen (unthawed)
Combine the cornmeal, white and whole wheat flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
In a smaller bowl, beat the egg then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Stir in the melted butter.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk quickly to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Do not overbeat. Stir in the blueberries.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. If it is non-stick you will not need oil or butter. If not, melt some butter in the pan and coat. When the skillet is nice and hot, lower the heat slightly to medium and spoon the batter onto it using about 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look cooked then flip once and cook until done.
Serve with your favorite tasty toppings - butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flakes, toasted pecans - the list goes on.
This Pear-Spice Bundt Cake recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart and can be found in her baking cookbook in our store. For those of you who have been in the store on any given Saturday, you know that we nearly always provide a sweet goodie and fresh coffee for our visitors. We either make something from scratch or purchase freshly baked goods from our local grower’s market. Over the years, we’ve served this cake in the store several times because we’ve found it to be a reliable, easy-to-make recipe. For a link to the original recipe on the Martha Stewart website, click HERE.
Pear-Spice Bundt Cake
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 pounds Bartlett pears peeled, cored, and cut into 1 1/2" chuncks
- 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for pan
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- confectioner's sugar for dusting (optional)
In a saucepan, spread granulated sugar in an even layer. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until sugar around edge of pan melts and begins to turn golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir until all sugar has melted and mixture is translucent and golden.
Add pear chunks to caramel, and stir to coat. Cook, covered, over low heat until very soft, 6 to 8 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. Using a potato masher, mash pears until they are broken down but still slightly chunky. Continue cooking, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch (12-cup capacity) Bundt pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, baking soda, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. With mixer on the lowest speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour. Add reserved pear sauce and mix to combine, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with a small offset spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is a deep golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Invert cake onto a wire rack set over a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool 10 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Once cool, pour your favorite glaze over the top, letting some drip down the sides. Alternatively, dust with confectioners' sugar.