Punxsutawney Pancakes

It's that time of year once again. Doesn't it feel like Groundhog Day was just yesterday? Those of you that know me, know it's my favorite holiday tradition of the year. I love the excitement of the anticipated sign of spring from the Seer of Seers, Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd each year. Who would believe the little weather predicting rodent would be 75-90 percent accurate. How about that! I'd say that's more predictable than any certified meteorologist. 

However, I really feel Groundhog Day took on an all new meaning years back after watching Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, the movie. Imagine being able to eat all the pancakes and donuts you like and repeat it again the next day, and the next?     

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So in honor of Punxsutawney Phil and Bill Murray, here's my Punxsutawney Pancakes Recipe. Hearing the alarm clock at 6AM on Groundhog Day just isn't the same without a tall stack of pancakes and carafe of good coffee to wake up to. Just be sure serve with a good maple syrup.

Wishing you a Happy Groundhog Day this upcoming week! May my Punxsatawney Pancakes become a tradition at your breakfast table as well. 

George's Punxsutawney Pancakes

Makes eight pancakes

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon pure cane granulated sugar

* 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, beaten

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

* To make Buttermilk 

1 scant cup whole milk 

1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice 

To make buttermilk:

Measure 1 scant cup of milk. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. When it is ready, the milk will be slightly thickened and you will see small curdled bits. This substitute will not become as thick as regular buttermilk

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In a large bowl, mix together well with a whisk all dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl mix all wet ingredients; the buttermilk, vanilla, egg and melted butter.

Add the wet to the dry and stir with a spatula until the dry ingredients have incorporated. There may still be a few lumps. Do not over mix, or pancakes will become tough.

Pre heat a non stick pan or lightly grease a griddle over medium high heat at 375 degrees F. 

Tip: Test the temperature by dropping a drop of water on surface of pan. Water will dance across the surface when at the correct temperature. Test one pancake.

Pour one 1/4 cup scoop of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. If adding any fresh fruit such as bananas or blueberries, add at this time. You will see bubbles form on the top side when brown on bottom, flip and brown on second side.

Serve hot with syrup or favorite topping.

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