Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Challenge recipe 8: Sour cream pancakes

Well, happy Shrove Tuesday to you all! Today marks one of the three times a year that I acknowledge organised religion (the other two being "eat your body weight in chocolate" day and "get lots of presents" day). I had fajitas for dinner (after Katie tortured me last week with pictures of fajitas), and then whipped up a batch of Pioneer Woman's sour cream pancakes. I'll admit, I was ridiculously excited to finally break in this book. Nessa gave it to me for my birthday last year, but I've never been brave enough to embrace the vast quantities of butter that her recipes usually require.

Anywhowantspancakes, here's the book:

And here's what you'll need. Pretty simple, huh?

Start by putting 7 tablespoons of plain flour into a medium mixing bowl:

Add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar:

1 teaspoon of baking soda:

And 1/2 teaspoon of salt:

Then add 1 cup of sour cream (I used light sour cream. Obviously):

Gently mix it all together until just combined:

Meanwhile, dump two eggs into a separate bowl:

Whisk them:

And then add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Not essence. Essence is sent by the devil:

Add the egg mixture to the sour cream mixture:

And stir gently until combined:

Then heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt:

Once it's really good and hot, add 1/4 cup measures of batter to the pan:

I cooked them two at a time. They need about one and a half minutes on the first side:

Then flip them over and give them another 45 seconds on the other side. And if you can flip them without flinging the batter everywhere, that'd be great. (I can't flip pancakes to save my life. As you can see...)

Serve with a mountain of maple syrup and enjoy!

The verdict? They're light and fluffy and pretty damned easy. And delicious when smothered in real maple syrup. After the first batch, I switched to cooking them in spray oil - it was easier, and I didn't have any salt reduced butter, so the first couple were quite salty. But once I switched the canola oil, it was much better. Stupid supermarket for not having salt reduced butter... *glares*

Anyway, happy Shrove Tuesday - who's joining me in ignoring the whole Lent thing?? ;)

K xx


  1. I always ignore lent! But I'm not actually Catholic and I think that's a Catholic thing? Either way, I'm not giving anything up!

  2. I went to Anglican school for a bazillion years, and they were always "So...who's giving up what for Lent?" at school. But then again, Anglican is basically the same as Catholic. There's just less Pope involved ;)

    Hurrahs for being on the ignoring Lent bandwagon!

  3. Well I intended not to ignore Lent - my thing was to not eat commercial baked goods. But then I realised that I screwed that up this afternoon. Oops.

    Oh and for LOTS of buttery goodness, make Betsy's blackberry cobbler. It's basically a liquid made predominantly of butter in the beginning. Yummmm. Serve with cream/icecream. Yummmmmm. And also urrrghhhhhhh.


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