Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes with Mamma Callie's Syrup

What better way to wake up in the morning than with a big pile of PANCAKES!! They're light, fluffy and drenched in syrup! YUM!! While growing up, an "american style" breakfast would happen once every two months or so at my house because of my filipino heritage. We usually had the classic filipino breakfast of rice (of course), eggs and either fried spam, corned beef that's simmered in tomatoes, onions and garlic or some sort of fish. However, when we had the "american style" breakfast, my family went all out. We had bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns and PANCAKES!! I loved pancakes growing up. Unlike what I did today, my parents always bought the Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix that simply requires the addition water. Don't get me wrong, these pancakes are delicious! But, I love making things from scratch. There's this sense of "achievement" that whatever you made is now "your own" and people think that you went through a lot of work so they appreciate it more. In doing so, I've been searching for a great buttermilk pancake recipe. I've tried the IHop Copycat recipe for their pancakes but I find that the pancakes aren't that fluffy when cooked. One time when I made the IHop recipe for my family my mom said "What is that? That's not a pancake. It's so thin." So, a couple weeks ago, I was watching the Food Network, as usual, and Pat and Gina Neely were making Buttermilk Pancakes with Pecans. Their pancakes looked extremely fluffy and I knew I just had to try it and so I did that today.

When making the recipe, I adjusted the amount of sugar to make it easier. The recipe calls for 3 tbsp of sugar. That's such a strange measurement in my opinion. You just need another tablespoon to make 1/4 of a cup so why not just do that? That's what I did, changed the amount to 1/4 cup. I made the pancakes and the addition of an extra tablespoon of sugar didn't change the flavor that much. These were pretty good and a great alternative to the boxed mix. Light, fluffy and slightly sweet. What more can you ask for? I didn't add the pecans though because I wanted to taste the pancakes on their own. My thought was, before you add "mix-ins" on pancakes, the pancakes better be great to start off with. These definitely were great on their own. Oh yeah, there was a syrup recipe but I didn't bother with it. I like good ol' fashioned maple syrup on my pancakes. The syrup recipe is basically a simple syrup but uses brown sugar instead. I know what it might taste like because filipinos use a similar syrup for drinks but feel free to try it. Overall, this will now be my go-to pancake recipe. Here's the recipe!!

Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes with Mamma Callie's Syrup (Serves about 4)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar (I used 4 tbsp or 1/4 cup of sugar)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for frying
Vegetable oil, for frying
Chopped pecans, to distribute over pancakes
Mamma Callies Syrup, for serving, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large bowl.

Add the buttermilk, eggs, and cooled melted butter to a second bowl and whisk to combine.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not overmix or you will end up with tough and chewy pancakes.

Heat a large electric griddle or nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add a few drops of vegetable oil and a pat of butter. Once butter melts, wipe skillet with a paper towel. Ladle about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Evenly distribute chopped pecans on top of the pancakes. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles begin to burst on the surface, about 3 minutes, flip and continue cooking until the second side is a nice golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining pancakes.

Put the finished pancakes onto a sheet tray and let sit in the oven to stay warm as you finish.

Arrange the pancakes on individual plates and serve with the syrup.

Mama Callie's Syrup (Makes 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup water
1 cup light brown sugar
Small pinch salt

Add the water, brown sugar and salt into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool before serving.

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-Aaron John
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  1. Those look like they came out perfectly!

  2. I agree with Rick
    Those pancakes look great!!
    Breakfast is my favorite meal :)

  3. the pancakes look great. And I couldn't agree more with you about the rewarding feeling of making your own creation. It's a wonderful feeling. Have a nice day.

  4. PANCAKES! I'm going to have to try that syrup.

  5. Rick: Thanks!! :D

    Jess: Thank you!! My fav. meal is breakfast as well!! Especially when something good is getting cooked up!!

    Michael: Thanks!! Home-made creations def. get more praise! haha.

    Billy: Yeah!! Try it! Let me know how it goes. :)

  6. I love pancakes! These look amazing! I hear ya on the whole filipino bfast thing. Fried rice..corned beef...omelettes....leftovers re-cooked into fried rice.. LOL.Luckily my parents never pushed me to eat those, I started eating toast or cereal for bfast at a very young age lol.

  7. they look perfect! and omg the american style breakfast sounds incredibly sinful.. i've never gone all the way out like your family.

  8. These look PERFECT! Makes me want to eat pancakes.

  9. Le: Definitely!! haha. That's all filipinos eat for breakfast. I ate cereal back then too but I only ate it when my parents cooked up a filipino food I don't like. lol.

    Hannah: Thanks!! My family did it big!! haha

    Lacey: Thank you!! :D

  10. the pancakes look perfectly made, yummy. And thanks for dropping by my blog and your lovely words :).

  11. hey, thanks for visiting my blog! I just made pancakes a couple days ago! yours look delicious btw...

  12. I like your posts and the images are fun! I'll have to give some of these recipes a try. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now I'm off to search your cookies posts!
    I'm a new follower!

  13. Jess: Thanks for stopping by!! :D

    Bakies: Thanks!! :) Thanks for visiting my blog as well!

    Amy: Thank you so much! :D I'm now a follower of yours as well!!

  14. The pancakes look great. I love the Neelys they have the best recipes.

  15. Made the syrup and it was awesome! I did add some vanilla and a cinnamon stick, so easy and much more inexpensive than the artificial maple syrup. Perfect for chocolate chip pancakes.

  16. Bo: The Neely's are great. They're fun people to watch!

    Billy: Awesome!! I might just try the recipe now since everyone is giving it such rave reviews!

  17. That looks awesome, AJ. I would love to eat them off the screen! Joe

  18. good looking pancakes!! how do you make them perfectly round? do you use a small pan to let the batter fill the whole bottom?

  19. My Delicious Blog: Thanks!!

    Yue: They become perfectly round by themself!! I take about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the batter and it makes a perfectly round pancake. No special equipment needed

  20. This sounds FAB! I just love visiting your blog and seeing such amazing creations and pics!! Those pics of these pancakes just make my mouth water–LOVE IT!


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-Aaron John


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