Looking for killer pancake mix recipe
I'd really like to make up homemade gifts, including homemade pancake mix. I'm also doing cocoa mix (CI recipe) and granola (variation on ABin5 recipe).
But I haven't found a pancake mix I'm really happy with. I make homemade pancakes all the time, but I'm looking for something that I can give as mix with simple preparations for the recipient. I'm used to mixing grains, spices, and fruit for all kinds of pancakes. But I'm giving to people who usually use a box mix -- so all I want them to have to do is to add an egg, regular milk, and oil/butter is all.
I've seen all kinds of recipes, but the ratio of baking powder to flour is all over the place! I tried one last week to test on our family, but something was "off" with the texture and flavor.
So I'm hoping for a CH rec of a tried and true mix recipe. I'll likely use a blend of WW and AP flour, because it adds a lot to the flavor.
The Alton Brown recipe requires buttermilk to work.
This one from All Recipes confuses me, because it calls for baking powder and baking soda, but there's no acid for the soda to react with.
I checked out the KA one, but that requires buttermilk too:
Any suggestions? Or am I asking too much to have a simple but delicious mix?
If you want a recipe that uses buttermilk, you can just sift Saco dried buttermilk in with the dry ingredients -- it works very well.
I swear I am like a spokesperson for this company, I love this product so much. It's really great, easy to use, keeps well, is economical, and I actually think it tastes better than so-called "fresh buttermilk," which is really a cultured milk product, and not the liquid left over after butter is churned.
Oops, sorry, OP -- didn't mean to highjack your thread into a discussion of dried buttermilk love!
I have not personally tried any of the recipes mentioned. I usually just use the buttermilk pancake recipe in the "Joy of Cooking," since it's what I grew up on. But I think you could (if you have time) just try out your recipe of choice to see if you like it. Any people in your vicinity who get to sample the buttermilk pancakes will be quite happy! (I once received a wedding proposal on the basis of some buttermilk pancakes....)
I've gotten great results using the Saco product with Alton Brown's recipe, so I can second your suggestion. My only question is whether this would be ok when preparing a large of batch of the pancake mix -- can the dried buttermilk just keep indefinitely?
I've only done it where I scooped out that day's worth of Alton's mix from the large batch I'd made previously, and then sifted in the buttermilk. But I've had packets of Saco's that hardened (and were unusable) before I got to open them, which makes me think it might not be a great idea to mix it up into the master recipe for the pancake mix. But admittedly I haven't actually tried it.
re: Helen F
dried buttermilk actually has a pretty long shelf life if stored properly - cool, dry conditions are best. is there any chance the packets you had were exposed to heat or a lot of direct light? i only had one can of Saco that hardened up like that, and it was because the plastic seal underneath the lid had been compromised (by the time i got around to pulling off the lid to use the product and noticed it, it was too late to return it to the store).