Wednesday, May 16, 2012

TILT: Brinner is Better with a Griddle!

Our family LOVES having breakfast for dinner (aka Brinner). It's quick, easy, inexpensive, and the kids usually eat two platefuls each. We use the traditional Betty Crocker Buttermilk Pancake Recipe and, since I never seem to save it anywhere, I have to Google it each time. This time I pulled it up on Musings of a Housewife's blog (which I now subscribe to because her blog looks pretty awesome). The recipe she posted mentioned that coconut oil could be substituted for butter. Since we love coconut oil, I happily took that suggestion and tossed some in the mixing bowl. They were great that way! I also made some buttermilk, because we usually never have it. I also doubled the recipe (for our family of five) we had about four pancakes leftover. Musings of a Housewife also included some awesome tips for perfect pancaking including:
2.) Do not over mix the batter.  It WILL be lumpy. That’s okay. 
3.)  Make sure your baking soda is fresh. 
4) Wait until the bubbles are starting to pop before flipping — and flip gently. 
Above Suggestions from Musings of a Housewife: See Original Source Here

I followed all of the above suggestions and got restaurant-perfect golden pancakes. They turned out great and I bet these photos are making you want to have brinner tonight! Right? There is one other thing that you must know about in order to have a  completely painless pancaking experience - The Griddle. If there's ever a time that you are flipping food for a crowd (including French toast, pancakes, sandwiches, eggs, etc.) Get one of these things!
They are affordable (see Amazon link below for my recommendation), easy to clean, and make the whole food-flipping process a lot less painful. It heats quickly, and you can make a batch of whatever in no time. Pre-griddle, we used to flip pancakes in a skillet one or two at a time and it would take forever and a day to get through the whole bowl of batter. Now, we can make about six pancakes at a time and move through the process in just a few minutes. The best part is, the pancakes are all still hot when we are finished cooking. Let's hear it for dinner that's not lukewarm! 

PS. This post is linked up to Maria Dismondy's Linky Party - Things I Love Thursday. Go check it out and see what everyone else is loving today!

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