Buttermilk pancake recipe
What is buttermilk?
If you didn't get your fill of sweetness on Valentines Day, Pancake Day is another time to indulge this month. Shrove Tuesday (as its officially known) falls on 25th of this month. These light and fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes will make the perfect after dinner treat.
Buttermilk provides a tangy flavour in pancakes, but it also helps to activate the baking soda and/or baking powder within the batter. It's this combo that brings out the light and fluffy texture. Watch it go, even before it hits the heat of your pan!
There is acid in buttermilk which helps to break down the gluten. In tern developing a soft, moist and tender Buttermilk Pancake.
4fl oz/120ml buttermilk
5oz/150g plain flour
½ level tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
3 large eggs, beaten
about 1-2oz/25-50g lard or butter
Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
Whisk the buttermilk and 3fl oz/75ml cold water together in a jug and gradually whisk this into the bowl.
Slowly add the flour with each new addition of liquid.
Finally, add the eggs a little at a time until you have a smooth batter.
Place a large frying pan over a medium heat, adding 2 teaspoons of the lard or butter and heat it until it shimmers.
Using a tablespoon of batter per pancake, place 2 or 3 spoonfuls into the pan.
They will take about 1 minute to turn golden brown, then turn them over using a spatula and fork (being careful not to splash yourself with the hot fat).
Give them another 45 seconds on the other side, by which time they should have puffed up like little soufflés. Briefly rest them on some kitchen paper, to absorb any excess fat.
Repeat this with the rest of the batter, adding a little more lard/ butter if necessary.
They will keep warm in a low oven, but to enjoy them at their best, have everyone seated to eat them as soon as they come out of the pan.
Add lashings of pure maple syrup and crème fraîche or pair with honey and blueberries (or any other fruit you prefer).
For a particularly naughty breaky, add some sausages, bacon strips and/ or poached eggs, to make a savoury-sweet combo American style.
Serve up on one of our Acacia Wooden Boards for an added touch of rustic charm
What is Shrove Tuesday?
The word shrove is derived from the English word shrive, meaning to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday was named after the custom of Christians to be "shriven" and in essence marks the start of Lent.
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