Recipe: Walnut-Butterscotch Pancakes

30 Sep

The pancake is on the back burner. Next to fancy crepes and omlettes on brunch menus, this guy doesn’t stand a chance, which is too bad, since we all grew up with him.The Things Every Man Should Know Reddit doesn’t have anything about pancakes or even about breakfast, the most important meal of the day. I just don’t get it. Besides eating six racks of ribs on a tree you just chopped down, breakfast might be made up of the manliest meals. Steak and eggs. Biscuits and gravy. BACON, for manliness sake.

But there was nothing on Reddit about breakfast, so by loosely adapting a recipe in GQ and saving the meme-making for another day, I’m hoping to correct this. With added toasted walnut bits and brown sugar in the butterscotch, these end up nutty, airy, and buttery, with just enough saltiness to offset the sugar. Guys, do yourselves and your significant other a favor: learn to make breakfast. Then post about it on Reddit. This revolution will not be televised; it will be cooked in butter and covered with maple syrup.


Batter's thick but still drips well

Batter’s thick but still drips well

Recipe adapted from GQ’s “Heavenly Pancakes”

2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup skim milk
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled plus additional butter for frying
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (it’ll look like there’s not enough, but it goes far)
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup butterscotch chips

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add milks, egg, butter, vanilla, and walnuts and stir with a whisk. (A few lumps in the batter is actually good for the pancakes)

Photo by Tommy Werner

Heat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter (less is better to avoid greasiness) When foaming subsides, pour in four circles of pancakes. While the first side is cooking, add in the butterscotch chips. Cook 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Continue to make pancakes in batches or until you’re up to the ears in them.

I served them up with maple syrup, but I bet chocolate syrup and whipped cream would also be awesome.

Here’s to the best part of waking up.

All photos by Tommy Werner


One Response to “Recipe: Walnut-Butterscotch Pancakes”


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