As good as it gets, gluten-free buttermilk pancakes!


Country Kitchen Ch
aos focuses on two topics, close to my heart and daily life: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and gluten intolerance and gluten allergies.  Someone might say it is a lot to deal with, but it has given me challenges that make the best of my life. As a person with ADD, I am always dealing time and organizational issues.  When I cook, I must be organized and specific with my cooking instructions.  If I want to double a recipe, then I write down the new amounts, otherwise I will make a mistake.  Mostly, I write the new amounts in a column, to the right of the one in the cookbook or on a printed computer page and put a 2X above the new amounts. If my eyes are straying to the single batch column, then I place a paper over it.   I doubled this pancake recipe since one batch is not enough for any pancake loving person. You can freeze any extra pancakes and have a tasty fast weekday breakfast.  You certainly won’t get gluten-free pancakes at any fast-food restaurant!

This weekend, I made amazing gluten-free fluffy buttermilk pancakes.  They fit my credo:  as good as regular-gluten food. I had a bottle of my favorite brand, “Kate’s Creamery – Real Buttermilk” and wanted to make a breakfast dish using it.  If you haven’t tried it, do so…it is the best thing to making it yourself!  I tweaked a pancake recipe from 1000 Gluten-Free Cookbook by Carol Fenster.  You can use her sorghum based flour blend or another all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. In either case, keep a gluten-free flour mix on hand for quick breakfasts and other baked recipes.

Here’s my method for making these pancakes, which are sure to be a family favorite.  Mix & blend well the dry ingredients.  In a separate large, liquid measuring cup, mix well the wet ingredients.  I added a little more buttermilk since the batter was too thick, but you may need to adjust it each time you make it.  It should be thick, but still pour slowly from the measure cup. I added two yellow organic, sliced bananas (save the really ripe one for your baked goods).  I also added 1/2 cup small pecans pieces; which increases the protein content. I gave it a spice boost with a bit of cinnamon.  Pancakes give you lots of room to play with your favorite flavor palette.

I mostly cook with cast iron pots & pans.  I have a griddle pan that covers two burners and can cook a small bunch – about 2 to 4 at a time.  Cast iron can over-heat quickly; keep a close eye on the heat level and even your first pancakes will be good ones.  When you make the pancakes, have some butter or oil melted and ready to brush your griddle. I use a silicone brush, one of my favorite tools.  Fill a scant 1/4 cup with batter and slowly pour it onto the hot griddle.  Cook until top side bubbles, then use two metal spatulas to flip the pancake.  Lift with one spatula and keep it from sliding as you turn it.  The second side will brown very quickly.  In no time, you will be enjoying a wonderful, hardy breakfast.  I serve the pancakes with real maple syrup and a touch of sour cream.  I get my syrup from local maple producers, one of the perks of living in upstate New York.  It’s also where I base my gluten-free cooking school, Country Kitchen Center.  Check out my website for details.  If you would like to schedule a class, check out my website: www.countrykitchencenter.com  and/or email me at ckc@countrykitchencenter.com.  I’ll be glad to touch base with you and assist with your gluten-free questions.

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups  all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
1/4 cup  sugar
2 teaspoons  baking powder
1 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 cup  buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
2  large eggs
2  teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2  bananas, sliced
1/2 cup  pecans, small pieces
Additional butter or oil, melted, for cooking

In a medium mixing bowl, measure & mix the dry ingredients, from flour mix to xanthan gum. In a 4 cup liquid measure cup, whisk wet ingredients until smooth.  Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Gently incorporate the bananas and pecans using a large wooden spoon.  Make sure all the flour is well mixed.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.
Heat griddle, lightly brush with melted butter or oil. Dip greased 1/4 cup into batter, level and quickly pour onto griddle.  When bubbles appear on top side, about 2-3 minutes, use 2 spatulas to turn and cook until bottom is brown, about 1 minute.  Continue until pancakes are done.  Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree oven.

Tips for making pancakes
Have your ingredients all prepped and the workspace ready.
Use cast iron pans and two spatulas for a better technique.
Pre-set your table.  Warm your food plates in a 200 degrees oven and keep cooked pancakes warm too.

 

The dog ate my blog!

Blog_GingerTeaRylee photo

I recently started a blog, but I have only posted a few entries. I’ve been reading my blog books, learning how to create a post (that’s what you are reading now), take food photos The tea photo was staged by me and my co-photographer, but the dog photo is a snapshot, taken with my iphone.  I am discovering how to get my posts out into the blogosphere.  My blog, Country Kitchen Chaos is about being efficient when working in the kitchen and cooking; it is equally about dealing with ADD/ADHD and dis-organizational problems. These are two areas in which I have a great deal of knowledge and experience.  However, I also intend to blog about my current life from time to time. OK, so here goes…

THE DOG ATE MY BLOG!

Blog teacher: Where is your next post? It’s been several weeks.

Me: The dog ate my post.

Well, the dog did not actually eat my blog post. But, he might have for all the things in the house that he has eaten: shoes, linens, wood furniture.  What he has done, is to take all my time and attention. Two of the things that I have a hard time dealing with on a good day. Yes, I have continued to bake for my business Buttercup Bakery and Culinary Center. But, doing new things is always a mental battle for me.  And, blogging is a brand new venture that entails plenty of challenges.

Just as I started this blog, I found the rescue dog that I wanted to adopt. It was one month ago. About thesame time I dropped the ball on blogging. My new dog, Rylee is a 14 month old Collie mix. I am been disorganized since Rylee came into my life.   He is as sweet as a dog can be; but he has not had any training. He has the development of a 3 month old puppy. Every day is a battle of trying to control the leash when we take our walks. He is jealous of my two cats and jumps up on me, anytime I give them some attention. Rylee and I take long walks, but he still has “accidents” in the house. I am signed up for training classes, but they can’t come soon enough.

Shortly, after I added Rylee to my furry family, I came down with a wicked case of Bronchitis. Hmmm, could dog owner stress be a reason!! Coughing has become my daily form of exercise.   I’ve been using a tea remedy I learned from someone who lives in the Caribbean Islands. It certainly helps sooth my throat. Try it whenever you have a respiratory ailment or sore throat. I make my tea with local honey; which is said to be better for your immune system.

Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey

1 tea bag of your choice (I like Twinning’s teas.  i.e. English Breakfast or Earl Grey)
1 t. local honey, or to taste
1 thick slice, peeled fresh ginger
1 wedge lemon, squeezed into tea.

Tips:

Use the back of a spoon to peel the ginger skin.  It works like a dream.

Squeeze the lemon wedge into the tea and discard the rind.  I find that if the rind is left in the tea, it gives it a more bitter taste.