Imagine a languid morning around the breakfast table enjoying buttermilk pancakes, waffles or homemade biscuits hot from the oven. Add a bottomless cup of coffee and a challenging crossword puzzle, and you have the makings of day-off bliss.
If you don’t want preservatives or additives to spoil the scene, consider making your own pancake and baking mix from organic ingredients. Then, whenever you have a day off, just add basics like milk or eggs to produce a variety of breakfast favorites.
1. To make Buttermilk Mix: Place all ingredients in a large bowl; whisk well to distribute all the ingredients evenly. Store airtight.
2. To make pancakes: Heat a cast-iron stovetop griddle over medium-low flame. Place Buttermilk Mix in a bowl. Stir in milk or water and oil until barely combined. Film the hot griddle with cooking oil. Pour 1/3 cup or so of batter onto griddle for each pancake. (You can sprinkle on berries, nuts, etc. on at this point if you’d like). When bubbles appear over most of the batter surface and the undersides are golden bronw, flip the pancakes to cook the other side. Serve with maple syrup and toppings of your choice.
3. To make waffles: Heat a waffle iron. Place Buttermilk Mix in a bowl. Mix butter, eggs and milk in a second bowl. Stir wet mixture into dry mixture until barely combined. Prepare waffles according to waffle iron manufacturer’s directions. Serve with maple or fruit syrup and toppings of your choice.
4. To make biscuits: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place Buttermilk Mix in a large bowl. Using the largest holes on a hand-held grater, grate the frozen butter into the mix. Using a large fork, stir gently to incorporate the butter evenly. Stir in milk until mixture is barely combined. Using floured hands, gently shape 10-12 rough balls of dough and place them 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 13-15 minutes. Serve hot or warm, with Organic Valley European Style Cultured Butter and jam.
Copyright by Terese Allen