If I had to pick one single recipe that I have made the most, it would be these buttermilk pancakes. Beginning with a couple of pregnancies that left me craving carbs, these pancakes made their way into our weekly menu. The batter is very thick, but they rise beautifully on the griddle creating crispy edges and pillowy insides. The buttermilk adds a delicious tang. Feel free to add some berries or bananas if you are so inclined. I also have good success subbing one cup of flour for whole wheat flour and increasing the buttermilk by 2 tablespoons. My family really loves these pancakes.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to blend. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs lightly. Add buttermilk to eggs and blend. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Stir gently until just barely mixed. Pour in melted butter. Stir gently until just mixed. Batter will be thick and may still be lumpy, but that is OK. Do not over mix or you will end up with tough pancakes.
Heat a griddle on medium until a water droplet skids across the surface. Grease pan with bacon fat (my favorite) or vegetable oil. Ladle batter onto griddle. Add berries or bananas to each pancake individually (optional, but recommended). Flip pancakes once bottom is nicely browned. Cook until center of pancake is fully cooked.
Serve with butter, jam, or syrup.
The bounty of each season is worth celebrating! Most of the meals I cook for my hungry family of four are based on whatever is fresh and bountiful in our yard or what we can glean from the yards of our friends and neighbors. The seasonal food we have in surplus goes into the canning jars. Even busy families can find time for fresh, homemade foods.