Buttermilk Pancakes (with blueberries and/or chocolate chips)

I have a really tough time being wasteful with my groceries, and after making all those cupcakes this weekend, I was left with a decent amount of buttermilk to put to use.  Since I keep up with my lovely friend Ashley’s blog (www.thedrivencook.com, prepare to drool!), I’ve conveniently been really craving pancakes.  No better time to have extra buttermilk on hand!

If you’ve never made pancakes from scratch, you’re really missing out.  And if you’re only making pancakes from the “just add water!” mixes, you’re really missing out.  There is nothing more delightfully fluffy and delicious than a batch of homemade pancakes.

You will need:

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

3 cups buttermilk

½ cup milk

3 eggs

½ cup butter, melted

Whatever you’d like to add to your pancakes, if anything (I chose to add mini chocolate chips to some, CLEARLY the superior pancake choice, and blueberries, also delicious, to the rest.)

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This recipe makes about 12 pancakes.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs, and melted butter.  Add extras (chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.).  Keep these two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat.  Make sure it is fully heated before cooking!  Pour wet mixture into dry mixture, and stir until just blended together—don’t overstir!  If you are using berries, be sure to stir gentle, or you’ll have some purple pancakes (but they will still be delicious!).  Scoop about ½ cup of batter for each pancake onto the pan.  The tricky part is knowing when to flip your pancake, and actually flipping it.  You’ll know your pancake is browned and ready to flip when you can see the batter bubbling.  Flip carefully, and allow the pancake to brown on the opposite side.

Be fancy and sift powdered sugar over your pancakes, or eat ‘em the classic way with butter and syrup.  When you try these, you’ll never buy a boxed mix again! What is your favorite way to eat your pancakes?

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