Whenever I make pancakes, I always think of my favourite ‘pancake’ movie scene in ‘Something’s gotta give’ with Diane Keaton. She makes late-night pancakes in her smashing kitchen with Jack Nicholson, and it’s simply a perfect moment. So here’s my ‘Something’s gotta give’ pancake recipe. This is always a real treat and the kids love it when I stack the pancakes like a tower and pour the maple syrup before serving. The buttermilk is the key ingredient to make the pancakes extra fluffy and tasty, but I admit it’s not always easy to get it. So should you be out of buttermilk, here’s a tip on how to make it: (for 500 ml) mix 500 ml full-cream milk and juice of a small lemon. Shake well and leave to stand for 15 minutes. I love cooking with buttermilk, and it has become one of my favourite ingredients for marinating chicken.
Ingredients for pancakes (makes about 25)
400 grs all-purpose flour
40 grs white sugar
10 grs baking powder
700 ml buttermilk
100 ml milk
60 grs butter, melted
a pinch of salt
15 grs butter (for frying)
Berries for garnishing
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix the eggs with the buttermilk, milk and melted butter. When you are ready to make the pancakes, mix all the ingredients together and stir well. Please not that the thicker you batter is, the thicker your pancakes will be. If you prefer finer pancakes, the batter should be smoother. You can decide with how much milk you add.
Heat a skillet or large frying pan with a small cube of butter. Scoop one ladle of batter to make a round pancake (I do about 3 in my pan). When you start seeing bubbles forming (about 2 minutes) flip over. Pancake should be golden brown. Serve hot with maple syrup and berries.
If you want to make banana or blueberry pancakes, simply add in the batter.