Remember that cake? With buttermilk that my mom bought impulsively? Well, I had a lot of buttermilk left. So what to make? PANCAKES.
Most eggless pancakes stink. They are doughy and all together disgusting. But these pancakes were fluffy and believe it or not, healthy (btw, I know the correct word is healthful. But as William Zinsser says, you must write in your voice. And my voice is telling me to say "healthy" and be grammatically incorrect, even though that normally kills me, instead of saying "healthful" and sounding like someone with so much more dignity and aloof grandeur that I have).
So, pancakes after that rant.
Strawberry Banana Pancakes
adapted from here, ie from my new favorite food blog, Joy the baker
makes about 8 small pancakes, serves 2
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk (I use lowfat, I am not even sure if they, that is, the buttermilk producers, make full fat)
about 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flavorless oil
2 tsp packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
about 1/3 tbsp butter for the griddle
1 banana, sliced
Some strawberries, sliced
1. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
2. Add the buttermilk, sugar, and oil and whisk gently.
3. Add about 1/2 a cup of water to make the batter thick but decently pour-able.
4. Add a little butter to the griddle.
5. Pour about 2-3 tbsp of batter.
6. Before this cooks, add 3 slices of fruit. I like to put all banana in the pancakes and have the fresh strawberries on top, but if you like to mix it up, feel free to do so. You can really put any fruit, but bananas in pancakes are sooooooooo good. I love how they become warm and almost melted. Delicious.
7. Anyway, pour 1-2 more tablespoons of batter over the pressed in fruit pieces to cover them.
8. Cook on this side until golden brown (or a little more brown, depending on taste).
9. Now for the best part. FLIP!
10. Cook until golden. Serve with a bit of maple syrup, or a bit of honey thinned with hot water in my case, and with fresh strawberries on top. Or maybe fresh whipped cream for a Sunday morning treat...possibilities.
Strawberry banana explosion
By the way, here is a tip. Don't mince a ton of garlic and then cut these fruits on the same cutting board. Been there, done that. I mean, I love my garlic, but garlic and pancakes is a terrible combination.
Accessorized with banana and strawberry slices and ready to be flipped!
These pancakes are treats. But they are still good for you. So if you have resolved not to make Sunday a cheat day, but you still want to enjoy that pancake breakfast, make these. They are not dense, even though they are completely whole-wheat-flour-based, so you can enjoy, yes enjoy, the health food and still have that traditional Sunday morning pancake extravaganza.