Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Oatmeal Pancakes

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2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted but not hot
Vegetable oil (or spray) for greasing the pan (I used unsalted butter)
Syrup or jam & powdered sugar, for topping

The night before:

Combine the oats and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The morning of:

Remove the bowl of buttermilk/oats from the refrigerator. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Add the lightly beaten eggs and cooled melted butter to the oat mixture. Stir well.

Add the flour mixture, stir to blend. The batter will be very thick.

Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Brush (or spray) with oil or butter. When the griddle is hot (water drops sizzle), pour a scant 1/4 cup at a time onto the pan, taking care not to crowd them. When the underside is nicely browned and the top looks set around the edges (roughly 3-4 minutes), flip the pancakes. Cook until the other side is golden brown.

Re-grease the pan, repeat with more batter.

Serve hot with syrup or butter, powdered sugar and jam.

Yield: About 12 pancakes


I discovered this fabulous recipe on Orangette. Go here to read more about the origin of this delicious alternative to regular buttermilk pancakes.

I added a couple of splashes of buttermilk to the final mixture and wound up with 2 dozen pancakes. I also added a few blueberries to a couple of the pancakes (BEFORE the first flip) and they were outstanding!

I followed Molly's advice and saved the leftover pancakes for future snacks. After they've cooled to room temp, I place a couple in individual baggies and store them in the freezer. I simply defrost a bag in the refrigerator overnight and add a little bit of peanut butter to make a sandwich for my on-the-go breakfast. I may actually like them better this way than fresh off the griddle!

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