Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fluffiest Pancakes Ever


My family loves buttermilk pancakes, but only if they're super fluffy. So, to please them, I've long been on a search for a recipe that will yield just such a pancake. Well, the search is over and I have one thing to declare - Alton Brown is the MAN!!!

His recipe differs from all others because it requires you to separate the egg and then make two liquid mixtures. The egg white is mixed with the buttermilk and the yolk is combined with the melted butter. Then, these two mixtures are combined before adding it to the dry ingredients. I have no idea scientifically how this works. All I know is that when you flip that pancake over in the pan, it magically puffs up giving you the ultimate light, fluffy pancakes. My family flipped over these pancakes and I'm sure you will too.



Buttermilk Pancakes (Alton Brown)

2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg
1 c. buttermilk (or 1 Tbsp. vinegar added to enough milk to make 1 cup)
2 Tbsp. melted butter

Heat a frying pan on medium heat.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar and set aside. Whisk together the egg white and the buttermilk in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the melted butter.

Combine the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together, about 10 seconds (resist the urge to work out all the lumps).

Check to see that the griddle is hot by placing a few drops of water onto to the griddle. The griddle/pan is ready if the water dances across the surface.

Lightly butter the griddle or frying pan. Wipe off thoroughly with a paper towel. (No butter should be visible.)

Gently ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle/pan (about 1/4 cup). When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. It will take about 1 minute on each side.

Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet and cover with a towel. Hold in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.

Yield: 8 pancakes

This recipe is linked to:

Made it on Monday

Recipes I Can't Wait to Try

Whisking Wednesdays

Full Plate Thursday

Friday Potluck

Fat Camp Friday

Sweet Tooth Friday

What's Cookin' in the Kitchen

36 comments:

  1. Your pancake looks really soft and fluffy! Lovely with any sauce! We love pancakes!

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  2. Rose Levy Beranbaum (in The Cake Bible)separates her eggs too, but whisks the egg whites till stiff - this leads to the lightest pancakes I have ever tasted - but it is more faff than I can be bothered with when being hassled for breakfast by three small children!

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  3. These look beautiful, Lisa! I prefer my pancakes served with fruit...and your luscious strawberries are the perfect match!

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  4. Oh WOW! Those do look amazing. Def going to try this recipe for our next breakfast dinner! I think my kids will love them. I agree that Alton Brown is pretty amazing. =)

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  5. I can't wait to give these a try. I have everything I need. I will let you know how we enjoyed them. Yummy!

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  6. I have been on a long quest to find a pancake recipe that I really like. So I am really excited to try these because I definitely love a fluffy pancake:) They look perfect!

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  7. My family loves a good fluffy pancake. I will have to try this method. Thanks for sharing Lisa.

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  8. I also like to try different pancake recipes, will have to give this one a try! Thanks!

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  9. Nothing like the perfect pancake. This looks like you have found it. Great pics.

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  10. I'm happy to know this recipe is fantastic. I gave two of Alton's cookbooks to my husband for Christmas a few years ago, and every time we open we seem roll our eyes and say "Really, Alton? Really?" Thanks for the tip.

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  11. They look yummy! I'm a breakfast girl, so always love my pancakes!

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/

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  12. Oooooh! Those pancakes look good and with strawberries--they're my favorite. I just made 25 jars of various strawberry jams. Wish I had saved a few to put on pancakes this morning :-D!

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  13. These pancakes look delicious Lisa! gloria

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  14. The weekends are the time for morning homemade breakfast's. And Pancakes are always a favorite.

    I will add this to my "must make file". :)

    Thank you for adding it to Made it on Monday.

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  15. I'm trying my hand at hosting a weekly link party of sorts and would love it if you'd share one of your favorite recipes of the week, such as these pancakes.

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/2011/04/whisking-wednesdays.html

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  16. I can't wait to try these this weekend. I love our pancakes but we are always on the search for fluffier pancakes as well. Fluffier is always better with pancakes. Yours look perfect with those beautiful strawberries on top. Yum!

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  17. Oh Yum! I know this are delicious..and your presentation is so lovely! :)
    Donna

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  18. I LOVE pancakes, and yours sure do look fluffy and delicious! Great recipe, and thanks for sharing. I'm so glad I found your beautiful blog and am going to explore more of your recipes! :)

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  19. I love pancakes and will definitely have to try this recipe!

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  20. Stopping by from Pinch of This, That & the Other... these look wonderful, so fluffy and pretty with the strawberries!

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  21. I love the idea of the fluffiest pancakes ever! And I am a Alton Brown fan, too :) These look awesome!

    Sues

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  22. These look delicious! I haven't had pancakes in a while, but I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe soon! Thanks :)

    By the way, I've given you an award! Stop by my food blog, www.melissascuisine.blogspot.com, to check it out when you get a chance!

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  23. I'm an Alton fan ever since I made his chocolate chip cookie recipe with browned butter. The pancakes look gorgeous - I'll have to try them out.

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  24. Your blog is great! I might link some of your recipes on my blog!

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  25. I'm always looking for a perfect pancake recipe too. Sounds like a must try.

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  26. These look fantastic. We will have to try them. Your photos are just mouthwatering Lisa. I love the one from above. Yum, I even love them for dinner.

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  27. Lisa, these look really good! I think I'm going to try to revise it by adding apple sauce or sour cream. Will need to experiment.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    hugs
    Manni

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  28. Lovely pancakes Lisa ... makes for a great breakfast!

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  29. We love pancakes!! These look extra special. Will need to be on my weekend menu!

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  30. I'm your newest follower!!! Get excited! :)

    jacqueline
    jaxandmarbles.blogspot.com

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  31. Your photos look amazing. My son loves buttermilk pancakes and he would surely eat them morning, noon and night if I let him. We have them on a regular basis and this looks like a great recipe. My little one is in for a great surprise!

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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  32. Srumpdillyicious.blogspot.com has posted the outrageously delicious chocolate profiteroles that you requested. Enjoy!

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  33. Hi Lisa,
    What a great pancake, it is a different method, but looks like a great outcome, it looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  34. I am always looking for a great pancake recipe! So glad I found this one and your blog. Saw your comment on my guest post on Alli-n-sons and had to come by and say thank you and check out these pancakes! Will definitely be trying these out soon. Would love for you to link up your next recipe for my recipe challenge in 2 weeks! See my blog for details!XO
    Jessica
    www.kitchenbelleicious.com

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  35. i have a problem with my pancakes, they never turn out fluffy, they look more like crepes. I'm going to give your recipe a try, thanks for sharing Lisa

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