Sunday, February 20, 2011

IF I’M DEAD TOMORROW……It was worth it!



My Harley Stud and I celebrated my ten pound weight loss this morning with a scrumptious buttermilk blueberry pancake (or is that blueberry buttermilk pancake?) breakfast complete with sugar-free syrup, sausage (lite) and fresh melon with coffee.  It was…


and I mean that literally. 

Let’s forget the irony of the somewhat destructive choice of celebrating weight-loss with food indulgences, there is another destructive concern at play here.  (Don’t be fooled by that sugar-free syrup and lite sausage.  It is still sausage and eating four of these pancakes cannot be considered light even when they are accompanied by sugar-free syrup and Smart Balance instead of butter.)

Quite by accident, about a year ago, I stumbled across a recipe for buttermilk pancakes.  We tried it and since that day nothing else will do.  We used to just buy the box mix and add water and sometimes an egg but no more.  We are hooked.  Nothing else will do. 

We don’t make pancakes every weekend but we make them quite often so I always try to keep buttermilk on hand.  When we decided to make pancakes this morning, we discovered that the buttermilk in the fridge had an expiration date of Feb 5th. 

…..but I really wanted pancakes.  I opened it and gave it a sniff.  It smelled like buttermilk.  Isn’t buttermilk half spoiled anyway?  What does bad buttermilk smell like?  I surely don’t know.  …..and I really wanted pancakes. 

So my recipe calls for 3 cups of buttermilk.  I only had 2 cups.  I figured that I could counteract any icky after-life properties of the expired buttermilk with substituting cream and skim milk to make up the difference. 

Might I say that they were the best darn pancakes we’ve ever had.  And if we don’t survive the night, it will soooooo be worth it.  And just to be sure that the recipe doesn’t die with me, I’ve included it below for your culinary enjoyment.  I will leave it up to you to use fresh or expired buttermilk.


Buttermilk Pancakes

3 cups flour

3 TBS white sugar

1 TBS baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups buttermilk 15 days past expiration date mixed with 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup skim milk)

1/2 cup milk

3 eggs

1/3 cup butter melted

1 tsp vanilla

Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine.  For uniform pancakes, use a gravy ladle to spoon onto buttered griddle.  You know the rest. 


These pancakes are a little more work than adding water to a box mix but are truly worth the effort.  Be warned.  Easy box mix pancakes will never do once you’ve tried these little discs of yumminess.


Hugs and Kisses,



only a movie said...

I use an organic buckwheat mix that we love. Wish real maple syrup. On cast iron griddle. Yumyumyumyum.

But I will use your recipe to try it out. Pancakes make weekends better.

Also, congrats on 10 lbs!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i made star wars pancakes for the boys today...ok i used cookie cutters but it was mom would have said stop playing with your food, but...

tera said...

I need to slow down when I read - I thought you said "melon coffee" and I was thinking "oh, gross!" but on 2nd perusal it sounds like a super great breakfast. :)
Secret Agent Man and I have to take the car to the shop tomorrow, early, and we are using it as an excuse to have a lovely cafe breakfast at place my mom loves but we've never tried. Which is good because I'm totally craving pancakes now!

Fragrant Liar said...

Sheesh, I want some buttermilk pancakes RIGHT NOW, but if I have to wait for the expiration PLUS 15 more days, I'm going to end up at Cracker Barrel. And they don't have anything diet friendly!

Gaston Studio said...

Not being a morning person, I think I'll just keep going to IHOP.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

SMB, I think you're a genius!! I'm gonna try these babies!!! As soon as I lose ten pounds! :)

Speedy Lady said...

I've copied the recipe and plan to prepare these "discs of yumminess" for my family this weekend. We love pancakes!

Tony Letts said...

death by pancake ..... sounds fine to me :)

Kimberly said...

Are you alive?

YesILikeKaroSoGetOverIT said...

Well that's just great!! I'd lost 15 lbs and then fell off the wagon and gained back 5 so I chased the wagon down and jumped back on.

NOW I want pancakes!! I don't do sugar free syrup so NOW I want buttermilk blueberry buttermilk pancakes with real butter and light Karo syrup.

geezz....the things you make me do. *sigh*