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The Breakfast Compromise
The Breakfast Compromise
February 21, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Ever since my oldest daughter could eat pancakes, they’ve been her favorite breakfast. I much prefer a protein-rich meal to energize me for the coming day. What we needed was a compromise—whole wheat pancakes fit the bill. This way she gets her fix, and we all get a boost of fiber and whole grains. Whole wheat was never my favorite flour until I discovered whole wheat pastry flour. It was an easy, even swap into my regular recipe and yielded light, fluffy pancakes without the earthy aftertaste. A delicious compromise indeed.

Whole Wheat Pancakes
Makes 10 to 12 pancakes

1 cup (100 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking powder
2 teaspoons (12 grams) sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) sea salt
1 cup (225 ml) buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt together.
  2. In a clean separate bowl, add the melted butter, buttermilk and egg. Whisk together to combine. Pour over dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir together just until batter has formed and there are no visible streaks of flour—it's okay if there are lumps.
  3. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat with a pat of butter. Add generous tablespoons of batter to the pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the edges look set and air bubbles form on top. Flip and cook 1 to 2 more minutes until done.
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