Alton Brown Pancakes

This is a recipe review, which means this is a recipe that I did not personally come up with, but that I tried out and am giving my opinion on how the recipe turned out. For legal reasons I cannot post these recipes, but I can tell you where you can get them yourself.

If there is one thing I recommend people keep out of their cart at the grocery store is it instant mixes. Whether it be pancake mixes like Bisquick, muffin, bread or whatever, a lot of the instant mixes can be simply made at home for a fraction of the cost. Why should I pay someone else to combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together when I can do it at home myself. Bisquick also contains things like dextrose, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, and thiamine mono nitrate. Partially hydrogenated oils are oils that have had hydrogen inserted into them to thicken them to be more like butter, but a lot cheaper (to learn more about these oils visit this website). I say no thanks, I will stick with the real deal. I tend to think whenever someone substitutes something like butter or sugar with some other type of fat or sweetener, those fats and sweeteners tend to be worse for you.

So now let’s make some pancakes ourselves. I like Alton Brown’s recipe for buttermilk pancakes. It starts with a recipe to make your own pancake mix, that you will be able to use more than once. So next time you want to make a batch, your mix is already made. Here are my notes from this recipe.

Click here to get the recipe for Alton’s pancakes.

1. Use the buttermilk. It add flavor that regular milk won’t.
2. It’s best to have a nice wide surface to cook these on, so they you aren’t taking all morning cooking one pancake at a time.
3. It’s important not to over-mix your batter. You are making pancakes, not rolls, so gluten is not your friend in this recipe.

Forget the Bisquick, and try the Alton Brown method. Your family will thank you.
Recipe Grade: A-

Click here to get the recipe for Alton’s pancakes.

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