Declarations of Breakfast Love
I adore breakfast. You get to eat in your jammies with no make up. Warm, cozy. There’s usually butter and syrup and always coffee. I love to get up early on a weekend and sneak off to breakfast quite honestly. All by myself with a book or the newspaper. Less dishes that way. Don’t get me wrong, I love company too especially since the six-year-old crowned victor of Pickiest Eater has breakfast on his list of “Will eat!” just the carb-based entrees (pancakes, french toast, that’s it.) I will wait in line for over an hour for the best pumpkin pancakes (only available for a limited time) at The Original Pancake House not IHOP, oh no it’s not IHOP. Click here for a location near you! Since I do love to cook (but not do dishes), the necessity of dirtying some dishes arrived one Saturday morning.
Oatmeal-Buttermilk Pancakes: Recipe at end of blog. Shaking it up, trying a new format. Hope you were sitting down. This is a Cooking Light recipe, from The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook, that I adapted because I found the original too dense. They are flavorful and filling but much more heavy than a regular buttermilk pancake. The oatmeal flavor lends a sweetness.
1 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBL vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup milk (helps thin out the really thick batter.)
2 TBL brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1. Combine the buttermilk, oats, and vanilla; let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This is when I take the opportunity to start some sausage in another pan. After 10 minutes, stir in oil and egg.
2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add oat mixture to flour mixture, stirring until smooth. This is where I add in some milk (2%, fat-free, whole-fat whatever you have.) to thin out the batter. It’s really, really thick otherwise.
3. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.