Carrot Buttermilk Pancakes ♥

Pancakes, traditional on Shrove TuesdayFor as long as I've known, if it's the Tuesday supper before Lent, supper is pancakes. This year, I'm cooking up another quick batch of my Mom's buttermilk pancakes with a jar of baby food tucked in and topped with a gorgeous sorghum from Sandhill Farm. They're pretty, they're light, they're cheap, they're fast.

And I find considerable irony that our lives are now are so rich that the egg and butter and flour and sugar in pancakes are no long considered ingredients worthy for Lent's fasting. When was the last time you heard, "I'm giving up eggs for Lent"?

So tonight, it's pancakes. And tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, I'll plant Lenten grass, an old Finnish tradition especially good for helping children observe Lent. Tis the season.



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CARROT BUTTERMILK PANCAKES

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 4

1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup sweet milk with a teaspoon of vinegar)
1 small jar pureed carrots
2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup flour, fluffed to aerate before measuring
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt

Butter

Whisk the egg, buttermilk, carrots and sugar. Collect the flour, soda and salt on top of the egg mixture but don't incorporate. With a fork, lightly combine the flour, soda and salt, still without incorporating, then whisk it in until just combined.

Melt the butter in a large skillet til a sprinkle of water sizzles. Scoop a quarter cup or so into the skillet (if it's thick, you might need to spread a bit) and let cook, undisturbed until air bubbles start to form. Turn and cook for another minute or two.



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11 comments:

A jar of babyfood tucked in? lol. I would never have thougt of using babyfood, I guess that is something I will just have to wait to have kids for.

How clever, using baby food! These sound delish! Happy pancake day!

Sounds and looks great Alanna.I could puree or grate the carrots into the pancakes too,right? My babies have grown!:)

Katerina ~ A pun! Good catch! But baby food is cheap and keeps easily in the pantry. It's useful!

Homesick ~ Same to you!

Asha ~ You could but I think you'd end up with something more like a carrot patty held together with pancake. But you could cook some carrots really well and then mash them in some of their own water. You want something quite thin, the same as the buttermilk, say.

They look so fluffy and yummy!

They look delicious!

Love the tradition of Lenten grass! If I can get around to all the ingredients out in the shed tomorrow...I'm going to do it this year!

Very intrigued by the use of the carrots! Cool idea!

I found your blog while searching around Delightfulblogs.com. What caught my eye was the phrase "Weight Watchers". I do WW and am always looking for new recipes. What I wanted to share with you was that when I got to your blog, what did I see? PANCAKES?! I figured this was a "how to blow all your extra 35 points" post. But 5 points? Woo hoo! I'm making these this weekend. Thanks fo sharing such a yummy looking recipe!

I posted a Zucchini Kugel recipe on my blog a week or so ago. It's only 1 pt per slice. You might want to check it out.

The baby food, again? Well, everybody, it works! As it did in Alanna's Hearty Heart-Loving Muffins under Reader Favorites. The best muffins I've tasted in a long, long time -- and I am sure, the healthiest.

Thanks Again.

Book Bum ~ Here's the link for those Hearty Heart-Loving Muffins ~ you've got me wanting to bake a batch! So glad you love 'em, me too! But boo hoo, I tried a jar of banana baby food in banana bread last month. No go.

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