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While wondering what to make for a quick dinner the other night, I noticed we had several kinds of fruit that were quickly reaching their best-by date. So rather than make a fruit shortcake or other dessert, I thought these red grapes, strawberries, green grapes, blueberries and apples would be perfect as a topping on my favorite Buttermilk Pancakes.
Here's this fool-proof recipe for:
The Best Buttermilk Pancakes
1 1/2c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 c buttermilk
3 tbsp melted butter
don't over mix the batter, leave some small lumps
*I would give credit to the author of this recipe if I knew who it was*
I use a large measuring cup
Here's the secret to the highest, fluffiest pancakes. Refrigerate the batter for about 45 minutes to an hour before cooking. You will notice the batter will rise a bit but don't stir! It's ready to go. (This tip comes from my niece Jacki, who happens to be a professional pastry chef!)
Add a small amount of butter to a preheated fry pan over med/high heat and ladle out the batter. Turn when bubbles form on top and finish cooking.
I would have photographed a stack but these go so fast at our house, I couldn't get enough ahead to stack them!!
Here in Canada, we serve our pancakes with a small pat of butter and the best genuine Maple Syrup!
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Carolyn who writes the blog Aiken House and Garden. She found me outside watering my window boxes and asked if she could photograph my front porch for her blog. Those of you who would like to see her photos can check out her Summer Porches post HERE.
While we are on the topic of gardens, I wanted to show off our rhododendron which reached its peak in mid June this year.
The secret to this showstopper seems to be, just ignore it. Every winter it gets hammered with snow slide after snow slide off of our metal roof which has finally forced the main stalk to grow horizontally. I have never fed the thing (we've been here 7 years) and a few years ago, I chopped the crap out of it. In spite of the abuse, year after year it never disappoints!
Once it stopped blooming this year, I went at it again with the clippers and the new growth in such a short time has been amazing! Is there a secret? I don't know but let's just say I won't be digging up the ground anywhere around it any time soon just in case I find something buried there I don't want to know about!