Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best Buttermilk Pancakes

Honestly, I'm not a pancake fan. We don't usually eat pancakes for our breakfasts but after my son watched Peppa pig's pancake episode on ABC Kids, he has been hassling me to cook pancakes for him. And so, I searched for the "best pancake" at Google and these are the few hits I got...

As the location of my search is based at Melbourne, Australia, I had a few popular pancake recipes were from and there is one very interesting recipe which is originated from Cook Illustrated Cookbook recommended by Brown Eyed Baker. True enough, these pancakes are indeed very delicious with a slightly tangy taste and this recipe is actually named as "Best Buttermilk Pancakes" in this book. To compliment these pancakes, I'm also cooking maple-glazed apples being part of a ricotta pancake recipe from

In order to serve my family the best quality ingredients with real flavours, I have been using 100% real maple syrup (not maple-flavoured ones) for all my maple syrup related-baking. Ironically and strangely, my son simply refused to eat any of these super delicious maple-glazed apples and requested me to slice the plain apple for him. I told him that his pancakes will be plain without any maple syrup and being a typical sweet tooth kid, he said that he would rather eat to his pancakes plain or with a good squeeze of golden syrup. *sign* What can I say?

For a second thought, I started asking myself... So, is there any nutritional difference between maple syrup and golden syrup? Interestingly, my two bottles of syrups tell me that both of them have quite similar amount of calories and sugar content in every 100g of syrup. The only significant difference is actually their sodium content. Being nice and naturally-flavorsome, maple syrup has only 6 mg of sodium per 100g while the golden syrup has 80 mg sodium per 100g which is 13 times more sodium than maple syrup! So, this is the reason why my son prefer to eat golden syrup and it's all because it is sweet and more SALTY!

buttermilk pancakes maple syrup glaze apples
Buttermilk pancakes with maple-glazed apples

Cooking the maple-glazed apples
Cooking the pancakes
A closer look of the maple-glazed apples... Yum!
My son's pancakes served with drizzles of golden syrup...
Here are the recipes.
(with my modification in blue)

Best Buttermilk Pancakes from the book, Cooks Illustrated Cookbook

Make 16 4-inch pancakes
(I reckon this amount can serve 3 to 4)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (replaced with baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups and 2 tbsp buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 to 2 tsp vegetable oil, for greasing the pan (replaced with butter)

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, eggs and melted butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients; gently stir until just combined (batter should remain lumpy with a few streaks of flour). Do not overmix. Allow the batter to sit for 10 min before cooking.

Heat 1 tsp of the vegetable oil (or butter) in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Using a paper towel, carefully wipe out oil, leaving a thin film of oil on the bottom of the pan. Using 1/4 cup measure, portion batter into pan in 4 places. Cook until edges are set, first side is golden brown, and bubbles on surface are just beginning to break, 2 to 3 min. Using a thin, wide spatula, flip pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Serve pancakes immediately (with maple syrup or golden syrup and extra butter). Repeat with remaining batter, using remaining oil (or butter) is needed.

Maple-glazed apples from

20g butter
2 fuji or royal gala apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (125ml) maple syrup

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add one-quarter of the apples and cook, turning, for 1 min or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate. Repeat in 3 more batches with remaining apple. Return the apple to the pan, drizzle with maple syrup and turn to coat. Remove from heat and set aside.

Note: I reckon the above amount of maple-glazed apples is sufficient enough to compliment the above 16 small-sized pancakes

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  1. That's a wonderful idea to set pancakes with the apples! I guess they have a delicate flavour

  2. Thanks for sharing this ... i m a pancake fan, so do my boys but not for my hub :) So each time i had to do different kind of pan cake .. some with banana, with raisin ... or just with jam . hihi

  3. I am pretty certain that buttermilk makes everything better. :) What delicious looking pancakes!

  4. Hi Zoe,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for inquiring about ABC. You're more than welcome to link up your Braided Brioche post on the ABC blog (using the linky thing). If you'd like to join us every month, that would be great too :o) Especially since you already have the book. In that case, I'd add you to the ABC blogroll and send you the ABC badges. Let me know what you prefer via email: HanaasKitchen [at] live [dot] com.

    Take care,

  5. My daughters prefer those a very thin slice pancake (Chinese style). So i must omit the beking powder in the recipe. I remember I make the western style pancake (thicker one), they don't like it.

  6. My girls ask for pancakes every Sunday, as soon as they wake up. :) I can't wait to try this recipe. The apples are genius!

  7. I LOVE pancakes. I have them every Saturday morning. These look fantastic, I especially like the apples. What a great addition!

  8. We do pancakes a lot. I'll have to try these.

  9. I used to make lots of pancakes for my boys when they were young, not anymore lol! Seem like they have outgrown their pancakes stage...maybe I'll surprise them one day and see their reactions:) I noticed you often substitute baking soda with baking powder. I too do not care much for the smell and taste of baking soda.

  10. 这Pancakes看起来真赞!

  11. oh goody... i made my pancakes last sunday too:-) the small kids & the big adults love them too..

  12. Love the idea of the maple glazed apples, will be sure to make it one of the weekends. Coincidentally, I just ordered a bottle of pure maple syrup from the US.. can't wait to try it for this recipe when it arrives.

  13. Please adopt me!!!Your son is really lucky!Kisses,dear!

  14. So clever of you to serve it with glazed great. We went to Pancake on The Rocks in Sydney last year and we love the pancakes there.

  15. Zoe, wow, so tempting to try this pancake now! I cook porridge sometimes these days & I only do it when the weather is cold becoz I'm a lazy mum, haha! Hmmm, when I look at your pancakes, it was Bill Granger's signature pancake is flashing in my mind. I'm thinking......these pancakes will go perfectly with the summer berries. But I'm not going to buy the fresh berries now becoz they are soooooooooo expensive. I found out that Sara Lee's berries are just as good as the fresh ones. I've got 1 pack of Sara Lee's frozen raspberries in my freezer now, bought it 2 weeks ago when it was on sale(what a typical housewife), may try this with raspberries & golden syrup. I think I still have some golden syrup, bought it to make gingerbread on last X'mas!

  16. Super fluffy pancakes,wish to start my day with it.

  17. Hi Zoe, What a coincidence! I just made some savoury pancakes yesterday!
    Your pancakes looks yum with the glazed apples! Maple syrup is VERY EXPENSIVE over here! A small bottle of about 200ml can cost anywhere from RM30-RM50!!! Hahaha!

  18. I haven't had a pancake since I don't how long ! :P :D And this recipe sounds good ! The maple-glazed apples looks delish as the pancakes !

  19. now i know the difference between the two syrup, strangely though i have golden syrup at home, i havent tasted it really..i used that to make mooncakes. Not bad having that maple glazed apples to complement your pancakes!

  20. My son loves to pilsbury buttermilk pancakes, never made them from scratch :), very creative with the apples

  21. These look amazing :D
    Love the maple glazed fruits!

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. Your pancakes looks brown and crispy just the way I like them when I do in fact eat pancakes. I am like you, I'm not a morning pancake fan because they put me in a sugar coma and fog the rest of the day. I usually make the big dutch baby for the kids as it's huge one skillet pancake. I call it the lazy mom's pancake!

  23. These look super yummy! My hubby would love the glazed apples. Thanks for sharing! :)

  24. Now I know what to make with my leftover buttermilk! :)

  25. This is my fall back recipe. I make pancakes every Tuesday! My kids love "Pancake Tuesday". I love this recipe best. I love that you look for the "Best" recipe. I do that too.
    You might find this funny:

    Thanks for the compliment about my Brioche! And for visiting Big Smiles!!