Celebrate National Pancake Day!
In the Nunes household pancakes are a staple. From an early age, I can remember helping my mom make the pancake batter. For a long time, pancakes have been one of my favorite breakfast foods (especially when topped with butter and powdered sugar). Below is a recipe for our homemade buttermilk pancakes.
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) melted butter
Add all the ingredients into the mixing bowl, except for egg whites and melted butter. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Use the electric mixer to combine other ingredients, make sure all dry ingredients are incorporated. Once combined, mix in melted butter. Fold in egg whites. Spoon onto hot, buttered griddle and turn once bubbles start to pop. Cook thoroughly. Top with butter, Wisconsin maple syrup, fruit with whipped cream, locally sourced jams, or whatever makes you happy!
National Pancake Day is known to some as Shrove Tuesday, the traditional feast day before the start of the Christian religious observance of Lent, on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter. – was traditionally a time of fasting. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. Read more on this subject here.