Mother’s Day Buttermilk Pancakes

As children, my siblings and I had one genius idea for a Mother’s Day present for my mother: Breakfast in bed! We all agreed to surprise our mother in her pyjamas in her bed with a tray of pancakes, a glass of milk and a good jumping up and down on her bed. It was never discussed if this should happen before or after eating, but at least we agreed that pancakes were the way to go!

So for this Mother’s Day, I’d love to share the pancake that is made to impress: Buttermilk pancakes made from scratch.

And yes, you can make your own buttermilk at home! With what, you say?

 

Vinegar! Yes, vinegar. Vinegar + Milk = Buttermilk!

Simply put, buttermilk is milk that has a high amount of lactic acid. Buttermilk was traditionally made by leaving milk out overnight for the natural sugars in milk to ferment into lactic acid. Why would people ruin milk by leaving it out to sour? Buttermilk turned out to be great for cooking and baking. It is commonly used to marinate fried chicken as the acid tenderizes the meat and creates a great crumb and texture when used in baking.

And of course, it makes amazing pancakes. Here’s how to do it at home:

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Mother’s Day Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients:

Method:

Prepare the buttermilk: Add the cherry vinegar to the milk in a cup, stir, and set aside. It’s supposed to thicken and curdle a little bit, with small little lumps.

Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder and salt to a bowl and mix. Set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk the egg,  butter, vanilla and sugar/honey together. Slowly pour in the prepared butter milk while whisking, and mix until combined.

Add about of the flour mixture to the bowl of wet ingredients, and whisk until mostly incorporated. Add the rest of the flour and mix just until lumps disappear. You want some bubbles, so don’t over-mix or else the bubbles will disappear.

Heat a pan over medium heat, and add butter when hot. Pour one ladle of batter into the pan, and lower the heat. Bubbles should soon start forming on the surface. When more than half of the surface has bubbles, flip the pancake and cook the other side until golden brown.

Use silicon molds to make pancakes taller, fluffier and cuter!

Repeat until all the batter is used.

Serve the pancakes with your favorite topping. My mother’s favorite is our delicious cherry jam. Other recommended toppings are honey, maple syrup, vanilla gelato, and whipped cream!

And go surprise your mother (or special someone) with a special breakfast in bed!

 

Honey Vinegar Drink

Honey and Vinegar Drink

So I asked my mother what was the recipe for that drink she made for the family time and time again for us to drink as a “good drink for you”.

She told me not 2 things, but 4 things:

Honey.

Vinegar.

Water.

Taste.

That’s either the simplest recipe for a drink I’ve ever heard, or one where she wasn’t even trying.

Then I tried the drink myself.

It immediately reminded me of the ‘honey lemon’ drinks available at kopitiams or food courts, but with a different kind of kick which was pleasant, not alarming. She kept this one on the sweet side, because she preferred it that way.

I blended my own cup with more vinegar to my tastes. Hence, taste.

I did not realize that the drink would help me out in my other job as well. In the stressful mess that is filming a drama show, my camera and production crew were tired and falling ill from fatigue. Mum had just arrived back in town with my brother, and immediately called me and asked where I was. She appeared at our filming location with two flasks of this drink and sped off.

The few crew members who were not daunted by the ‘vinegar’ in the drink took a few cupfuls, and they came out of their sickness a few days later. The others that did not sloughed on with sniffly noses and sore throats.

This honestly should come to no surprise as some, but *I* was the surprised individual at how effective this drink worked! One may expect it to be like its kopitiam cousin – cold, a little sweet and too watered down to enjoy any real health benefits.

Then when you look at what went in, it’s a no-brainer:

– With real whole cherry fruits contributing to the cherry vinegar’s creation, the cherry’s inflammatory properties were involved.

– Vinegar’s acetic acid being a bacteria fighter

– Honey, in enough quantity and form, is also antibacterial and helps fight inflammation. It’s a go-to choice to reduce irritation in the throat for coughs and sore throats.

This is that drink itself, and here is how I like it:

Stir like crazy with a metal spoon and serve chilled. Chug and enjoy.

If you worry that the honey will not dissolve, you may make this concoction with warm to hot water and chill in the fridge before serving. You can also throw in ice cubes just before serving.

Lastly, like my mother and I, different people will enjoy different amounts of sweetness and tartness. You may not get it right immediately, but that’s okay. Adjust your own amounts of honey and vinegar and you will find your preferred balance. You can even go fancy with a slice of lemon, or tonic water. It’s your health boost in a cup to enjoy.

– Mabel