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Author Notes: This will be Christmas breakfast for us this year -- the combination of savory and sweet gets me every time. Plus, they taste like the most amazing buttermilk pancakes I've ever had, but they're made with Greek yogurt instead for a little extra protein. (And bacon ... which does have a little protein. Right?) Originally based on Joy the Baker's buttermilk pancake base. —cynthia | two red bowls
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk, any kind
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 2 ounces bacon (about 3-4 rashers), roughly chopped, with rendered fat reserved
- Place bacon in a cold skillet and turn to medium heat. Panfry, turning often, until crispy and fat is rendered. Drain fat and reserve for pancakes (mmm). Set bacon aside to cool.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until well-combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, and melted butter until well-blended. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix gently until mostly incorporated. A few lumps are okay and good. Let batter rest for a few minutes. In the meantime, chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces.
- Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and grease lightly with the bacon grease. When skillet is hot enough that a water droplet will dance when dropped onto the surface, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet. I used a 1/4 cup scoop (which I filled partially). It has the added benefit of keeping the counter fairly drip-free. Sprinkle the chopped bacon evenly across the pancake. When bubbles form in the batter and leave a brief hole when they pop, flip the pancake and let brown on the other side for about 2-3 more minutes, then remove to a plate. I keep the pancakes that are done in the oven at 170 degrees, on an oven-safe plate.
- Repeat until all the batter is gone, and serve with all the fixings.