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The very definition

I am bad at weekend mornings. I hear that some people, maybe even a lot of people, have weekend mornings that involve a hot breakfast, hot coffee, the Sunday Times, and hours that pass slowly, quietly, as though on tiptoe, but I am not familiar with that kind of weekend morning. I like mornings a lot, but I am not good at planned relaxation, and I married someone who is similarly impaired. We went to visit his grandparents in Florida over New Year’s, and we were very tired and verging on sick, but instead of reading books, lying on the beach, or whatever one does on vacation in Florida, we wound up kayaking in the Everglades. With alligators. (To be fair, it was my father-in-law’s idea. Relaxation impairment is a genetic trait.)

Anyway, my weekend mornings are, by and large, identical to my weekday mornings. They involve cold cereal, a glass of water, and hours that pass quickly, unceremoniously, while I am busy doing whatever I happen to be doing. I know that this is just how I am, but I don’t like it. I feel somehow that it is deeply wrong. I want to do better. I want to make more oatmeal pancakes.

I first ate these particular oatmeal pancakes when I was seven, I want to say, when one of my uncles got married in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. We stayed at the Inn at Fordhook Farm, a hotel on the private property of the Burpee family, of the Burpee Seed Company. I remember little of the wedding, except for the fact that my uncle’s fiancée was an incredible woman, beautiful, a Presbyterian minister with poufy blond hair and a great laugh, and that her sister was beautiful too, and that they fascinated me. I thought they were perfect in every way. My uncle’s fiancée, the woman who became my aunt, passed away about a dozen years later, and when I think of her, I remember her just like that, like she was at her wedding. I also remember that the Inn at Fordhood Farm served oatmeal pancakes for breakfast, and that my entire family went crazy for them.

My mother must have asked for the recipe, because somehow we came home with a copy of it, and my mother isn’t the stealing type. She made them a couple of times, but I was unmoved. I liked them at the inn, but at home, I wanted our usual family pancake, by which I mean Bisquick. I was a kid, you know? But a couple of years ago, I thought of them again, and I asked her for the recipe. I made them, and I liked them quite a bit, although, to be dead honest, I found them a little bland. They also had what can only be described as an odd amount of cinnamon: not enough to bring a real flavor, but too much to ignore. Anyway, I was not sold. But, a month ago, on a whim and I don’t know why, I decided to try AGAIN. This time, I left out the cinnamon, doubled the salt, and lo and behold, I too am now crazy. (For the pancakes.) (Just to clarify.)

In the weekends since, I’ve already made these pancakes three times. I also made coffee! We even had a friend over to eat with us, which is the very definition of Fine Weekend Morning, even though that particular friend, our friend Ryan, happened to be staying in our basement at the time, so we didn’t exactly have him over, but still. I’m tempted to say that I’m on a weekend morning roll. Though that might be optimistic.

Either way, these pancakes have won a spot in my repertoire. Not only do I like to eat them, but I love the process of making them. It starts the night before, when you measure out some oats, pile them into a bowl, and then pour a decent amount of buttermilk on top. This mixture sits in the fridge overnight, during which time the oats plump and swell and go soft, the perfect base for a winter pancake. (This overnight step means that you do have to plan ahead, which takes spontaneity out of the equation, but if you’re me, it’s nice, because once you’ve got your oats soaking, you’re locked in, and you won’t wake up lazy and eat cereal instead.) To the soaked oats you add melted butter and a couple of beaten eggs, and then you stir in some flour, leavening, a little sugar, and salt, and what you get is a great, great pancake: gently sweet the way oats are, impossibly moist, hearty but not heavy, not light but not leaden, lovely. They fry up to a handsome shade of gold, and fresh out of the pan, their outer edges have a thin, lacy crunch that dissipates in a matter of minutes, so get on it.

Oatmeal Pancakes
Adapted from the Inn at Fordhook Farm

If you want to add blueberries here, you can use fresh or frozen. (And if you’re using frozen, there’s no need to thaw them. The hot pan will do that for you.) I don’t like to stir the berries into the batter, because then you wind up with weird purple streaks, so I press them into the individual pancakes as they cook. You can use however many berries you want, but be sure to add them after the pancakes have cooked on their first side for a minute or two, so that the batter has time to start to set. When you flip the pancakes, the heat of the pan will make the berries sizzle and soften nicely.

Also, if you find yourself with any leftover pancakes, as I often do, know that they are delicious. This past Saturday, I had three left over, so I put them in a plastic bag on the kitchen counter, and I ate them cold that night, after going out for a drink, a completely undrinkable drink, with a girlfriend. I love gin, and I love Lillet, and I have nothing against Scotch, but apparently I do not care for the union of gin, Lillet, and Scotch. Cold pancakes saved the day.

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. table salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted but not hot
Vegetable oil or spray, for greasing the pan
Maple syrup, for serving

The night before:
Combine the oats and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Stir to mix. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

The morning of:
Take the bowl of buttermilk and oats out of the fridge. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Add the eggs and melted butter to the oat mixture, and stir well. Add the flour mixture, and stir to blend. The batter will be very thick.

Warm a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat, and brush (or spray) with vegetable oil. To make sure it’s hot enough, wet your fingers under the tap and sprinkle a few droplets of water onto the pan. If they sizzle, it’s ready. Scoop the batter, about a scant ¼ cup at a time, onto the pan, taking care not to crowd them. When the underside is nicely browned and the top looks set around the edges, flip the pancakes. Cook until the second side has browned.

Re-grease the skillet, and repeat with more batter. If you find that the pancakes are browning too quickly, dial the heat back to medium.

Serve hot, with maple syrup.

Yield: about 12 pancakes, or 3 to 4 servings


Blogger Amanda said...

Done and done. Making these next Sunday.

Though, I work Sunday mornings, so these will be Sunday afternoon pancakes. :) Probably still as tasty.

11:01 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger kathleen said...

Oh I love the sound of these...we have a Sunday morning pancake habit, which now has diversified into a sometimes waffle habit. I have a feeling that very soon we will be add these to our repetoire!

11:09 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I prize heirloom recipes and so find your gift of yours to us quite generous. Many thanks, Molly. I know what we'll be having for breakfast on Sunday.

11:10 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Foy Update - Garden Cook Write Repeat said...

Food really is effect by location and ambiance. When my husband and I were engaged I got The New Best Recipe Cookbook from Cook's Illustrated. The Buttermilk Blueberry pancake recipe became a weekend morning staple. It's delicious we served it at our brunch reception.

I haven't made them in a while. In fact it's been years. I'm sure I didn't make them when we lived in Panama so it's probably been three years. (We've only been married three and a half years.)

I'm going to make pancakes this weekend. Thanks for reminding me.

11:19 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Ali said...

i have about 2 cups left of buttermilk from making creme fraiche for your bouchons au thon. I think this will do nicely.

So pleased to see u show up in my blogger feed at this hour. A lovely good night read.

Thanks :)

11:29 PM, January 25, 2010  
Anonymous Suzanna said...

Thank you, Molly. These sound delicious! My 5 year daughter is a big fan of pancakes, we'll try these out this weekend.

Btw, my bf and I tried to get into Delancey's a few Sundays ago around 6 p.m. and the wait was 1 1/2 hours. Wow! :) We'll try again to get in, but this time get there at opening time. (the cookies with sea salt sound devine)

12:47 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous megan said...

I will go make pancakes now...

1:45 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger abby said...

hope you had some tasty grapefruit while in florida. that's the one thing i really remember about that state.

can't wait to make these oatmeal pancakes saturday morning. you should try them too. along with that relaxation!

1:46 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Emmsyo said...

Yum, yum, yum. I am aching for the cold so I can make these. Though blueberries are fresh and delicious at the moment, so maybe I'll have an excuse after all. P.S you write so beautifully I feel (almost) like I've eaten them already.

2:28 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Koek! said...

I always stick to some version of: 2 eggs, 2 slices toast and tomato. I think it's time to try something different. It'll have to be these pancakes because I have never been a cereal person! They seem healthier than the plain flour kind as well.

PS: Can I move into your blog? It's so nice here...

2:38 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger madeline said...

Molly, I would say, for being a non-traditional-weekend-breakfastist, you've got it down pat. You see I've made your Dutch babies, scones, shortbread waffles (after which my boyfriend and I took a five hour nap), popovers, kale and eggs, and more... all a huge success and to the point of my sister declaring you a "genius". SO! Thank you for yet another awesome looking breakfast recipe!

2:44 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Abbie said...

My mom made this recipe all the time at her bed and breakfast...I never knew where it came from! It is very good -- even some pancake haters will convert, and everyone begs for the recipe. She left out the cinnamon too!

3:12 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Amy @ Cheerful Cookery said...

Your pictures are lovely. These pancakes remind me of the rice pancakes my grandma used to make - heartier than a regular pancake, but with a delicate sweet crunch where the rice crisped at the edges. She never used a recipe, and i'm still trying to recreate hers perfectly, so can't wait to try these.

3:18 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger What's Cookin Stacey?? said...

This sounds so good! Too bad I just read this, because this is what would be cookin on Beaty's Creek. Can't wait for tomorrow!

3:22 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Romaine said...

It seems we have a similar affliction when it comes to mornings. But I don't seem to have a need to cure it as you do. So, I will save this for the next time we have overnight houseguests because it sounds good.

BTW, love the black and white pictures.

3:54 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger alanachernila said...

Oh, lovely pancakes! Slow weekend mornings are not natural to me either- I always end up starting some unending organizing task while my family is eating pancakes. Then I get overwhelmed and teary and I come to the table and eat cold pancakes. My kids have it right though- they insist on hours of pajamas and breakfast, supported by our (random wedding gift) hello kitty waffle iron. I kid you not. Oatmeal pancakes this Saturday then.

4:15 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger natalie said...

i have the same weekend morning disorder. i'm happy to read that you're slowly getting over yours with delicious pancakes. i must try them! they look SO GOOD. :)

4:21 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Gemma said...

I've been meaning to make pancakes again and this might just be the recipe to make me do it. Now if only there weren't still too many work days to get through before Saturday...

4:25 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger sasamarly3 said...

These look lovely! I plan to make some Anzac biscuits (I'm in Austria but homesick for NZ) but I'll definitely have leftover oats. Since I also have waking-up-early-on- weekends-itis but my boyfriend has no such qualms, I shall compromise by waking him early but bearing pancakes. That seems fair. Thanks, I'm glad you gave it another go.

4:33 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger montague said...

i am grateful for weekend mornings, but i understand how sometimes they might be lot's of work! but pancakes are SO worth it, and i bet these are :)

4:40 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Kate said...

I am to my very core a morning person. My husband however, is most certainly not! But for a pancake, he goes weak in the knees (especially with blueberries!). I will have to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

4:41 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous molly said...

Oatmeal pancakes are the BOMB. We make them often, with yesterday morning's oatmeal (eaten hot) blitzed right into the batter. Two breakfasts, one stone. Only, well, much more tender than your average stone.

4:54 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Jim said...

Try separating the eggs and beating the whites to soft peaks before folding them into the batter. Good pancakes might break your cold cereal habit.

4:56 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Linda said...

what a great post & tribute to your aunt.
loved the b/w photography...that set the whole mood for your story...
i *heart* how you write!!
@ our house (even on weekends) we eat cold cereal, swig down vitamins & are on the run...but i think i will prepare these pancakes, set a nice table & maybe we can sit, talk & reflect.
thank you for making me stop & catch my breath.

4:56 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Antonietta said...

What a lovely story. I need to try these pancakes and was tempted to make them for breakfast today, until I read the overnight part. I know what we are having tomorrow.

5:00 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Michaela at The Gardeners Eden said...

Well h*e*l*l*o - now there- THERE - is a piece of writing. Now I want some breakfast in bed. Mmmm.

5:04 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger A mon avis... said...

I too long to have those easy, farm-fresh weekend mornings with the windows open to the spring breeze, NPR on softly in the background while I cook.

Sigh.... I will aim for the relaxing morning this weekend with these awesome sounding pancakes. And NPR. And the heat on.

5:04 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Ellen said...

these are perfect. like your usual bowl of cereal, i struggle to eat anything but a bowl of oats for breakfast--despite a professed love for all things drenched in maple syrup. these are the pancakes for me, i think.

5:11 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try them with a spoonful of vanilla stirred in...you won't regret it!

5:12 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oooh, those sound good. And reasonably healthy too. I think you could do so many variations on these since oatmeal is like a blank canvas (in my head, at least.)

Oatmeal, banana nut...

5:28 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Cooking with Michele said...

I have that similar genetic trait -I yearn to spend my weekend mornings like I used to see Will & Grace do on TV, but in reality Sunday morning is just like Tuesday morning (except that my husband goes to yoga instead of work). Ah well, as they say, I am what I am!

5:33 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger green ink said...

Yum!! I too have recently started making pancakes at the weekends again. And having leftover pancakes rocks - they were a great breakfast with almond butter and honey at my desk at work yesterday :D

5:44 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Luisa Nicholson said...

Hey Molly,
Just a quick question about how to cook the pancakes! Being English, we tend to cook the more French style crepe rather than the thick pancake, and last time I tried to cook them, the middle was a bit undercooked but the outside was browning too much even though the heat was down low .... any tips? American style pancakes are the best in the mornings, so can't wait to try them! Luisa xxx

5:44 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to try these as my favorites besides crepes are buckwheat pancakes that also require planning ahead and starting the night before. But buckwheats are so good that they disapear and then the family says why didn't you make more? Their not realizing that there is no room in a tiny fridge for more.chrisq

6:16 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Lou Ann said...

These are exactly what weekend mornings call for.

...I actually love that (?) table runner - I know you're a proponent of 'buy Handmade' - is it from etsy or the like?

6:19 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Tracy (Amuse-bouche for Two) said...

We've become a pancakes for breakfast on the weekend sort of house ourselves. Joy of Cooking buttermilk pancakes are incredible. Buttermilk makes all the difference. I think I could lock us in...perhaps I'll start soaking some oats on Friday morning for a Saturday morning feast. :)

6:20 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jetzener said...

Haha, you crack me up. Great run down of a weekend, and i'm liking the photos too i almost want to try and get into that photo of the pup and pat his head. Nathan (my husband) and I take much joy in weekend pancake breakies. Blueberry pancakes enhance our marriage for sure, i like to mix the batter, he likes to cook them.. yeah teamwork!

6:35 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous blair said...

Oh Molly, these sound perfect.

Didn't I ever tell you that our weekend mornings consist of completely junky kid's tv and serve-yourself cereal? Its the best kind in my book, Peter and I sleep in and hide upstairs together with our coffee. (Remember that for later.)

Hope you guys are good! xo

6:39 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger hannah said...

you know who's good at weekends? david. i didn't know this before i married him, but now i think it's my favorite trait. almost anyway. he's in charge of bacon & egg frying, and i'm in charge of pancakes. i think this will work out quite nicely.

6:56 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous DC Sarah said...

With the dreaded thesis looming, a portfolio to put together, and a wedding to plan, my weekends are becoming more and more frazzled. cheers to you for slowing down! i am very much looking forward to when i can do so again, but it probably won't happen until december when grad school is officially OVER. oatmeal pancakes-a marriage of two of my very favorite breakfast treats! yes! will give a whirl shortly. jack looks adorable. our puppy is about 10x his size (really, he's 80 lbs), and still insists in sleeping in a pug-sized bed. riddle me that!

7:02 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Those sound amazing. I am anything but a morning person. I will stay in bed as long as I can and breakfast? What is that? Something you eat around 11? At least that is what it is for me every weekday.

7:13 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger The Yellow Door Paperie said...

Delicious, a must make for the weekend!

7:14 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You, Molly So glad to have you back!

7:16 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger gretchen said...

i love oat everything, and always put oats in my pancakes, but i never tried this "soaking the oats the night before" business. must try it one wintry weekend night. thanks for the recipe. also, i am bad at weekday mornings, but excel at the weekend type. maybe it is a setting thing.

7:36 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous rebekka said...

Oatmeal pancakes, huh?

I think that is genius.

7:43 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

Eager to try these -- I usually keep my weekend routine pretty boring too. Maybe it is because I work from home & could eat pancakes every day if I wanted to?

7:47 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Marion Roach Smith said...

That's so lovely, since just this Saturday we made the same Oatmeal pancakes, adding frozen blueberries (yum,) and since I have a pile left over, I've been using them pre-gym carb load-ups. They are perfect, aren't they? I even snuck them under the otherwise vigilant noses of 4 teenage girls that first morning, and not a one objected. The oatmeal simply dissolves. No complaints. Only I knew they were getting real nutrition.

7:47 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Bonney boys said...

Molly, love your memory of the wedding- we just road tripped our 4 boys to VA a few months ago for my brother's wedding on his fiancee's family farm and I love thinking that when they are older, it will be one of their favorite indelible memories. We are also pancake fiends at our home and intend on putting this recipe to good use in the a.m. They already love your buckwheat pancakes, which we add semi-sweet chips to.

7:53 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Christine said...

These pancakes sound like a dream! I love that you HAVE to plan the night before, which cuts out the morning laziness that often plagues me too. Can't wait to make these next weekend!

7:55 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Bonney boys said...

also, I have an excellent bread recipe that soaks the oats in buttermilk (although not overnight) that yields the best hearty sandwich bread ever...intrigued to try this with pancakes.

7:55 AM, January 26, 2010  
OpenID katieleigh said...

YUM. These look completely fantastic.

I loved Bisquick pancakes as a child, too - which really hurt the feelings of my dad's best friend when we turned up our noses at his homemade pancakes. But I certainly will be trying these. Thank you. :)

8:05 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Ann said...

These look lovely, a good addition for our breakfast repertoire! Oats are wonderful for breakfast, and I look forward to trying them, thank you!


8:07 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Emily said...

Blast! I have the day off of work, slept in, and was reading your post, thinking this is the PERFECT time to make pancakes. Then I saw you have to make them the night before. Planning ahead is not my strong suit. But I'll have to prep these Friday night. They sound delicious! p.s. Your dog is so squeezable.

8:10 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Anna said...

Leftover pancakes are the best. I also love having a recipe that you can start the night before--making sliding out of bed on those lazy weekend mornings (hey, that's one thing I'm good at) even easier.

8:15 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hmmm, intriguing, both hot and cold! Gonna try 'em.

8:18 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Big Jim said...

Well done.

I always have hope that the lazy Sunday with coffee and a newspaper is something that will come to me with age. We'll see how that pans out.

In the meantime, I can sit still just long enough to make pancakes. Thanks!

8:22 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Jan (Family Bites) said...

I'm not a lazy-Sunday kind of girl either...but I would become one so I could eat these pancakes...buttermilk and oatmeal - yum!

8:23 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yum, Yum, YUM! I just made your peppermint bark the other day, and tried your caramel corn recipe...Your recipes need a calorie-offset-workout to go with them at the rate I end up consuming them : ) I can't help myself, and just need to make sure I have plenty of people around to help eat the recipes you share! Thanks, Molly. I will try these pancakes soon!

8:24 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger jora said...

I'm pretty certain this is the same or at least very similar to a Sunset Magazine recipe for oatmeal pancakes that my mom made for us. I remember her soaking the oats the night before with buttermilk and that yummy hearty texture and flavor. She used to make homemade applesauce and fried up breakfast sausage to go with. Also, real maple syrup of course! Thanks for reminding me...I am going to make these very soon!!

8:31 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Megan (megabite) said...

These look absolutely delish, and I love love the memory attached.

P.S. Your little dog is so cute! I have a little dog that's pretty much exactly the same size.

8:32 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous lynne said...

I've been thinking A LOT about pancakes recently. I am anxious to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for a timely post. Congratulations to Brandon and you for making the current Sunset Magazine's "A Slice of the West: 10 more pies we're craving now, from Phoenix to Seattle."

8:34 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger jbeach said...

These sound fantastic.
Definitely making time for these one weekend morning. :)
Thank you!

Love the photo of your dog [Jack, is it?]...what a shot!

8:37 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Laura said...

I love pancakes. In fact, one might say I'm slightly obsessed. Next to chocolate, it's my favorite food (like your failed drink, I've tried mixing the two with undesirable results). Normally, I throw in a little cinnamon and vanilla to mine. I've never used oats in my pancakes before, so I'm looking forward to trying this!

8:50 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Kali said...

I can never resist a pancake recipe. I myself do not have a golden touch with pancake-making but I am married to someone who does have it.

Gin, Lillet, scotch? That sounds utterly undrinkable.

8:50 AM, January 26, 2010  
OpenID sassandpancakes said...

These would make a Fine Weekend Morning indeed! I also need more pancakes in my weekends. In my life in general. Can't wait to try.

8:58 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Anna said...

These pancakes look delightful! I don't always make a great breakfast on weekend mornings, but when I do, its so nice to have that time to relax and enjoy. I hope you can do it more often!

8:59 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Hoperu said...

I too am not very good at weekend mornings - I always feel like I should be getting going with all the things I want to get done. But my husband and I do manage to make pancakes or waffles at least once a weekend. We will have to try this version immediately. One question though - could you substitute soured milk (milk and vinegar) for buttermilk? I never have buttermilk on hand, and prefer not to buy it, since it never comes in handy sizes and most of it goes to waste.

9:02 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

These look delicious, and I can't wait to try them. I love a leisurely weekend breakfast. Just add fresh coffee and the New York Times and you've got the makings for a perfect Sunday morning! And by morning I mean noonish...

9:03 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger the purcells said...

these sound delicious and we can't wait to try them. i see a weekend in our near future!

9:05 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Dominique said...

I am reading your book at the moment, and this reminded me of your stories. It's such a great read. Very inspirational for my own writing!

9:06 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Karen (Canadian Soldier's Wife) said...

Is this one of those recipes where the milk+vinegar substitute will work, or does it *really* need to be buttermilk?

They sound awesome, by the way, thanks for sharing!

9:06 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I've always been a quiet, newspaper and coffee, pancakes in the morning person. Now I have two small children, and we still do pancakes, and I drink even more coffee, but it's not so quiet anymore, and I rarely get the chance to read anything! But it's still fun.

9:21 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there blueberries in the pancakes in the picture? Because it sounds like these would be awesome with fruit.
BTW, I remember volunteering with your mom many, many years ago at the OKC Museum of Art, when it was still at the Buttram Mansion. I didn't really know her, but was always in awe of how smart and beautiful she was. I adore your book, and am so thrilled for your success.
Cokie Anderson

9:22 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous PZ1800 said...

But you were only one step away from a Vesper - you must have known that:

"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"

"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.

Bond laughed. "When I'm...er...concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."

—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

9:29 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Lady Gouda said...

I couldn't sleep last night (a new, uncomfortable trend with me), so by the light of my iphone, I began to read my newly purchased A Homemade Life. As I was reading this post today, I thought to myself "hmm didn't I just read about someone using oil, not butter, for french toast? Wonder if that applies to pancakes too..." Duh. It was YOU, and here is that tip again. I am doubly inspired to make a sweet weekend breakfast on Sunday. Now if I can just convince friends to come over to join us, I can also have one of those perfect weekend mornings that I too am always hearing about...

9:29 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger abru said...

Our weekends are crazy so that probably won't happen, but I'm sure they would be a welcome addition to a cold school-day morning in Wisconsin!

9:32 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Nurit said...

I admire you for kayaking with alligators! So scarrrry. Thank goodness you did not end up being *their* breakfast!

9:37 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger eatdrinkonewoman said...

Ooh, new header! Molly dear, I love catching up with what you're doing. And I love not being the 130th commenter.

10:09 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Kimberley said...

I LOVE oatmeal pancakes! I also love weekend mornings.

10:32 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Manders said...

Okay, totally trying these this weekend. :) Also, your dog is friggin' adorable.

10:38 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger majmily's said...

luv them! and the new header as well;) greetings from freezing Poland..

10:40 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous ben pieper said...

Thanks again for the interesting and visually stimulating article.

10:46 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger yum said...

Loved the Mousse, onto Pancakes. Making them the night before with our 5 year old makes for an easier, early morning riser.

10:54 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Moocy said...

I can't wait to make these! I've only tried one oatmeal pancake recipe before and it was, well, less amazing than I wanted it to be. This one sounds great. :)

11:22 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

Weekend mornings mean maple syrup for me. With kids now there is no leisurely newspaper reading and hot tea. But we can converge around a bottle of maple syrup and whatever medium we chose to carry it - oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, french toast...

11:50 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger powderate said...

I've cooked a sky high pile of pancakes in my time, all from scratch ingredients: Logging camps, fishing vessels, treeplanting camps, fire fighting camps, my home, my restaurant.

I have to say (even though my man added oats to a recent batch, which I wasn't ready for, it was raw and a shock) this recipe, with the 1-1 ration of oats to buttermilk, and only a small portion of flour (oats have much going for them) is an attractive pancake, soaking the oats, why didn't I think of that?

12:24 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous mon ami said...

Pancakes are the ultimate sign of lazy mornings for me and this recipe is very similar to one I have been faithfully using lately (http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/02/19/f-pancake-recipes.html - the first recipe on the list). They are hearty and satisfying vs fluffy and light. And, in a pinch they travel well if my morning turns less lazy and I have to run out the door.

My only complaint - forethought. These guys need to be started the night before and I'm not always that on the ball.

Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try your version.

12:50 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Adam said...

planned relaxation, hmm...doesn't sound like something i do too much of either. but kayaking in the everglades..perfect!

12:59 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger HereBeDragons said...

I looooooooooooooooove late morning weekend breakfast/brunches. Had a great one this past weekend!

1:10 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger la takahashi said...

Your writing is such, that I want to cook almost everything you blog about. Oatmeal pancakes are definitely on the list. Thank you! :O)

1:22 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Georgia.Pellegrini said...

mmm the only way to start a Sunday. these would be delicious with a berry compote or some caramelized bananas.

1:32 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger caroline said...

I can see myself making these when, at the end of the week, I realize I need to use up rest of the buttermilk (that I bought for some particular recipe and never was able to find another use for). The remaining ingredients are things I almost always have on hand, so it would allow me to polish off a hard-to-utilize perishable item AND it wouldn't require a trip to the store!

1:41 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

I love oats! And pancakes too. But yeah, I'm like you, and I almost never do fancy breakfast.

2:10 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger robyn said...

I love, love, love those coffee mugs, Molly! I would love to know where you got them if you're willing to share.

We've gotten out of the pancake habit in our house but this looks like a good excuse to bring it back :)

2:21 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Blair said...

These sound delish! Ok, I am going to go out on a limb and ask if anyone thinks it would be yummy to put pomegranate seeds in a pankcake? I realize this may be an awful idea but I thought this would be as good a forum as any to ask the question!

2:44 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Enchanted Fig said...

I have a similar recipe...where you soak the oats overnight in buttermilk. It is as beautiful as you describe. Thank you for reminding me, from one not-so-good-at-relaxing-mornings type to another.

3:47 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Deanna said...

Wow those sound delicious. I remember years ago going to a B&B in upstate New York where they made overnight oatmeal. I must have begged them for the recipe and lost it. I don't think it would taste the same at home though. Home doesn't have the Hudson River Valley right outside its door.

4:23 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger msb said...

These sound lovely... do you think they would work without the flour?

5:04 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jolan said...

Perhaps this says much about me, that after a lovely post on pancakes and family and the possibility of frozen blueberries, that what I am most (re: initially, and energetically enough to ask a question) interested by is the drink you did not like drinking. Was it a combination of all three spirits? Or just a succession of bad choices with a good friend?

5:27 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Echo said...

I'm from doylestown, but now live in london, and i have to say it brought a huge smile to my face to see this post.

5:59 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Bookmom said...

This is so cool! That soaking method is a hallmark of "Traditional Nutrition"--another hallmark of which is Using Real Ingredients, like butter, olive oil, fresh, raw milk; etc. It unlocks the nutrients in the grains to do it this way. If you don't have buttermilk, you can also use the whey from the top of yogurt or homemade kefir.

Try doing this to oatmeal--put it all in your slow cooker the night before and then set it to come on first thing in the morning, using a lamp timer if necessary, so it goes about 2 hours before you want to eat it. You can throw all kinds of dried fruits, spices, and nuts into it. And I know you can thing way outside the box with this blueprint recipe!

6:46 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jen S. said...

They sound wonderful. Love the story behind them. I have an oatmeal muffin recipe that is similar, in that you soak in buttermilk. Something about that process makes the oatmeal that much better. Dunno.

7:41 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa said...

My goodness! Doylestown is spittin' distance from where I grew up; it makes me smile to think of you eating these pancakes and me eating my Bisquick ones (They were perfect! So fluffy! And made with so much love, and perfect browning, by my dad) just a couple towns over.

We're big weekend breakfast people, although it was easier to have friends join us back in my New York days -- spontaneous visits are a little tougher out here. We'll try these VERY soon.

7:57 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I'm going to try these, they sound wonderful.

As to relaxed mornings, I hope you learn to savor the experience of doing nothing but eating your very delicious food and looking out the window or at the newspaper or mozying out for a walk, at a slow pace.

9:22 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A suggestion - powdered buttermilk lasts a very long time in the cupboard, and can be used for nummies like these pancakes

9:44 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous The Leftoverist said...

Funny--how your mom isn't the stealing type. My Mom IS, and has stolen menus from every restaurant we've ever eaten in.

And I like the whole locked-in scenario, too, like making yeasted waffles, which also require some thinking ahead. These are next on my list, though. Love how there's only 1/2 c. of flour.

10:55 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh Molly,i have only i thing to say-u excel at all u do ,whether its ur writings or delicious creations....
And honestly ur morning sound good to me.....

4:28 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Valerie Whitney said...

OMFG, I read this last night and realized I had buttermilk and oats. I put it in the fridge before I went to bed and in the morning made them up. SO Delicious. I meant to take a picture, but I ate them all. Good thing I only made a half batch. These are going into rotation!

7:02 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Jeremy said...

My wife and I made these last night. I have to say that they are amazing. I am not a big fan of breakfast or pancakes. But these are by far the best I have ever had or made. Yum and Yum

7:43 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Auntie Fafa said...

Um, these are a little bit amazing. I have been on a shameful pancake streak, and my fiancee has lost faith in my abilities to deliver a decent pancake. NO MORE! I can't wait for him to wake up so I can feed him and impress. Seriously, these are ridiculous. I ate them with Pavel's plain yogurt sweetened with a little maple syrup. Heavenly. Thank you!

8:26 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Brittany said...

I'm writing this while standing in my kitchen having just consumed 3 of these pancakes in under 30 seconds. They. Are. Amazing. And all my roommates loved them too.

8:28 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Janet said...

I'm not a big fan of oatmeal porridge, but like the taste of oats. Go figure...
This sounds like a great use of the rolled oats I have in my pantry. I'm going to try these pancakes out this weekend.
BTW - I just finished reading your book. Had a great time. Love the stories and the recipes. Please don't stop what you are doing. Thanks, Janet

8:29 AM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous blaire said...

Oatmeal pancakes are the BEST. I would soak the flour with the oatmeal also. Soaking flour in buttermilk makes the gluten much easier to digest and doesn't change the flavor of the pancake at all.

9:25 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Lynn in Tucson said...

Oooooh...buttermilk! I've been making the Laurel's Kitchen recipe for 100 years but I'll have to try this. I add raisins, cinnamon and the occasional handful of sunflower seeds as well.

9:40 AM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These sound yummy. I'm printing the recipe now. And for the record, I'm glad you're back Molly!!! I missed your posts. :)

10:58 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am ALL over this. Making them soon!

11:18 AM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Chin from SF Bay Area said...

Really love your words, by reading them, I feel like I could almost hear your voice talking your weekend mornings and see you making oatmeal pancakes in the kitchen :)) thanks for sharing this recipe, i have been looking for a recipe to make oatmeal pancakes for a while.

Home cooking using the best of ingredients you can find/afford is definitely one of the best affordable joys in life.

2:37 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger tape_queen said...

Hi Molly,

I just wanted to say that I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I absolutely adore your writing style and I will definitely be trying out some of these recipes. Thank you for sharing!

3:08 PM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Mary said...

You're obviously well on your way to proficient weekendery, but in case you're wondering, cornmeal waffles make a similarly excellent cornerstone for coffee and newspaper. And I am, for the record, what some might call a Weekend Morning Professional.

3:28 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Nuala said...

What amazing timing! I emailed the chef of a local restaurant here in Minneapolis after eating THEIR oatmeal pancakes. I didn't get a response, but I have a feeling these will be just as wonderful :)

3:54 PM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, of course these are good -- you might as well deep-fry the oats. 1/3 stick butter per person!

5:01 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Pandora said...

Molly, I was searching your blog for just such a recipe a couple of weeks ago, so I can't wait to try these pancakes (with REAL maple syrup!). I also have to tell you that I am still laughing at the image of you and your in-laws paddling around the everglades with the alligators. Very adventurous! I'm a close friend of Brandon's older sister, so when you said that relaxation impairment was a genetic trait, I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair. Many happy hours spent with your wonderful in-laws - and many thanks to them for pointing me to your blog. I've become much braver in the kitchen thanks to you!

5:38 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Bookmom said...

@anonymous: Yes, recent studies have shown that butter IS good for you. See Dr. Richard Strauss' metastudy released in January for how saturated fats do NOT contribute to heart disease. See the work of Dr. Michael Eades and Dr. Ron Rosedale, who both run obesity clinics, for how eating fat does NOT make you fat, and actually is a prime part of reversing severe obesity, as they've both proven in research papers and a combined total of over 30 years' experience.

Proudly not anonymous, and over 10 lbs. down since before Thanksgiving, partially thanks to butter.

6:01 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger dig this chick said...

Beautiful post. THANKS for that recipe. I just might make them tomorrow! xo from Missoula

6:59 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Hello, friends. You guys are great, as always.

Some replies:

Luisa Nicholson, hmm! For me, the key to a good pancake lies in warming the pan until a droplet of water sizzles on its surface, and then monitoring the first batch closely, to make sure that they don't burn. It's important to know your stove well: on mine, I always warm the pan medium-high, and by the second batch, I'm usually turning it down to medium. If yours are still burning on low, well, that is tricky! Does your stove run particularly hot?

Lou Ann, I love that runner too! It was made by Lotta Jansdotter, and I bought it (on sale! woo!) a couple of years ago through her online shop. I just checked her site, though, and it looks like she's not selling table linens anymore. Weird. But if you sew, you can still buy the fabric from her site (under the "sewing" tab) and try making one.

Blair, you and Peter are so smart. xo!

Thank you, Lynne! We're so excited about that Sunset mention.

Hoperu and Karen, I've never tried substituting soured milk (milk + vinegar or lemon juice) for the buttermilk here, but it's worth a try. I can't think of why it wouldn't work. Then again, buttermilk comes in pint-size cartons, and that's the perfect size for this recipe. No waste!

Cokie Anderson, how fun that you know my mom! And yes, those are blueberries in the picture. I froze them last summer and have been slowly using them in baked goods and whatnot.

Robyn, those mugs (the ones that look like Styrofoam cups) were a Christmas gift from my cousin a couple of years ago. They were made by a student at California College of the Arts, and my cousin bought them at the student art fair there. I wish I knew who the artist was! I love them.

MSB, I do think you need some kind of flour, yes. But if you don't want to use all-purpose, I'm sure you could substitute a different flour with similar properties.

Jolan, yes, it was a combination of all three. Actually, it was gin + Lillet + Maraschino + Scotch.

Anonymous, re: butter, I'd rather eat some delicious pancakes (with a good amount of butter) and maybe choose to eat a little lighter for the rest of the day than not eat the pancakes at all! To each her own.

7:27 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Clementina said...

When my father came to America, the only thing he liked were American-style pancakes. Of course, he has added more dishes to this favorite, but how would my Mexican bratty daddy ever know that his American-born grandchildren just LIVE for a stack of his homemade pancakes??

7:51 PM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to try these on our weekly palacinca day. Kids love oatmeal during the week so I cant wait to try these on them. Also tried your Celeriac salad from Bon Apetit. Perfect light dinner after having 1/2 a tray of brownies for lunch.

7:52 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Barbara said...

I'm printing this out as we speak, it sounds just scrumptious. If it weren't 1130pm I might be tempted to make them right now!
By the way, and one of the 127 posts before me might have mentioned it already so apologies for the possible repeat but I saw your pizza place get high praise in the latest issue of Sunset magazine. Congratulations and good for you!

10:30 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Adrienne said...

As I child my family decided to rent a small boat, and go out on the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia. If I was older I would have probably freaked out, but I was too young to know what was really going on.

I'm not a big sweet breakfast person, but these sound delicious.

5:51 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Liz said...

Those sound wonderful!

I'm very bad at mornings in general, but today I got up and made myself breakfast. I'm getting closer and closer to actually getting up with my boyfriend when he goes to work. It's all about the baby steps really.

6:57 AM, January 28, 2010  
Anonymous laura said...

I made these this morning and thought I'd throw my baking notes into the collective recipe discussion: the batter came out a bit thin and I think this was due to my cutting out 2 T butter (still rich & crispy) and using lowfat buttermilk vs. whole (gotta love the thickness of old fashioned butterfat) - so I added a bit of extra flour to no ill effect; the first batch burned a little without cooking through, so I did the rest on medium low, using a longer cooking time than w/ traditional cakes; this batter makes a lot of cakes! - halfway through we were full and I tired of flipping, so I baked the rest as mini muffins (20 - 25 min? 350 degrees) and they turned out much like baked oatmeal. Nice. If I make again, I think these beg for the blueberries you suggested. I am enjoying reading your blog and trying recipes. Thanks.

7:53 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Stella said...

Thank you for this recipe. I had it years ago, out of a Jr. League California cookbook and made them often. Forgot about them until I saw your recipe. I made them this morning and they are A-1, a very yummy pancake. I knew that I wouldn't have used 1/2 a cup of butter in them at any time, so today I used 1/4 cup and it worked fine. I cooked them on my round Oster griddle at 375 and they will go in the fridge for one-a-day breakfast pancakes (warm them in the toaster). Thanks again for all the goodies you give us.

Jo in MN

8:04 AM, January 28, 2010  
Anonymous my little expat kitchen said...

I have never made pancakes in my life! This week I've discovered two great pancake recipes. Coincidence? I don't think so...
Perhaps it's time I too ate something other than cereal in the mornings.

8:36 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Johanna said...

Wow, these sound wonderful. I can't wait to try them!

11:50 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Laura, that's so strange that your batter was thin! I'm not sure why that would be. I used lowfat buttermilk too, so that's not likely the culprit. (Not even sure where I could buy whole buttermilk! All I ever see is lowfat.) And taking away 2 Tbsp. melted butter would decrease the liquid and, I would think, make the batter thicker, not thinner. Weird! But so glad you were able to make them work in the end.

12:21 PM, January 28, 2010  
Anonymous laura said...

Thanks for the response, Molly. I live in the South, so I have access to all kinds of buttermilk! I must have just added too much the night before - I get haphazard measuring occasionally. I just reheated one of the baked oatmeal pancake muffins and topped it with ricotta cheese and a quick ganache - very nice treat.

4:46 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Ann said...

Am soaking the oatmeal for tomorrow at this very moment. Enjoyed your book and hope there will be more podcasts coming. I am still chuckling over the first one. Thanks Molly!

5:23 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Yogajill said...

I am very new to this site and currently reading your book, but I wanted to put a plug in for the podcast "spilled milk" - it is HILARIOUS! i want more episodes!!! keep em coming!

7:56 PM, January 28, 2010  
Anonymous Naimah said...

It sounds like you're making a great use of your time and interests. I'm definitely not relaxation impaired, but if I were, I'd want to have your sort of impairment!!


4:00 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger Erika said...

oh dear. i am so addicted to the buckwheat pancakes from your book, and now you go and do this? with all these pancakes i may never eat an omelette again.

6:18 AM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Marcia said...

The new posts and recipes are wonderful.Hooray for that and for you. I do however have a technical question. Is it possible to print the recipes without printing out pages and pages of comments? Some sites have a "print recipe" option. Am I just technology impaired, or do others have the same problem?...Or a solution? Thanks

9:09 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger melanie said...

pancakes sound amazing! Definitely making this up tonight for tomorrow. Unrelated but how I got here... I read your piece in b.a. about celeriac. i have a similar addiction after having it for the first time last year at the ledbury in london, and now have them growing in the garden. can. not. wait. to eat them fresh.

9:57 AM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pancakes are just the bee's knees. In early December, Mara Rose Shulman posted a recipe almost identical to this one in her column "Recipes for Health," and it's delicious. I'm going to have to try your recipe, too, and square them off against eachother.

10:24 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger natalie said...

This is so crazy because I have been craving oatmeal pancakes all week!! And while it is totally raining and freezing outside, I am now going to have to run to the store and buy buttermilk so I can make these this weekend! Oh well, it's all for the love of food!

11:06 AM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Gordon Hamilton said...

I love your recipe and its appropriateness to Burns Night, being particularly Scottish in origin.

12:18 PM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Becky said...

Made these this morning, and they were delicious! My 2 yr old and 4 yr old are pancake fiends, and this seemed a smidge healthier than our standard buttermilk pancake recipe, so I thought I'd try it. Lo and behold, they ate 3 or 4 each! Wow! Super yummy....will be added to my permanent recipe book. Thank you!

1:58 PM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger kim said...

I can't wait to try these - and Molly - you CAN buy whole buttermilk - it's divine!!! I use it for all sorts of yummy things, from cornbread to panna cotta! I think I usually get it at Whole Foods (it is from a local dairy.

I am SUCH a huge fan - your book is my favorite gift (along with a recommendation to your blog!) can't wait to try these pancakes!

2:33 PM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Brittani said...

Mm... These sound super delicious. When my boyfriend and I lived closer to each other we'd make pancakes for lunch all the time. We'd even get his little sisters in on the fun. Oh such wonderful memories... Thanks for reminding me of them with this recipe. I'll definitely try it the next time I'm near a stove.

9:10 AM, January 30, 2010  
Anonymous Ellen S. said...

I made these this morning and my family devoured them. Thanks Molly for another fantastic recipe.

10:29 AM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger Tatjana said...

Just a quick note to let you know that I really enjoyed reading your book. I just finished it this morning. I hope you will write another one soon.....thanks for sharing your stories and recipes.

10:48 AM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger christina said...

There is something so cozy and home-y about this post. About your writing in general. Something familiar. An inside feeling of happiness. I do so love that feeling of inner happiness!!

and these pancakes oh the sound delicious and will be started tonight because well Sunday morning pancakes are just the best!!

12:48 PM, January 30, 2010  
Anonymous Michelle W. said...

Made these with skim instead of buttermilk - still absolutely delicious! My husband loved the rich flavor!

12:52 PM, January 30, 2010  
OpenID beckarie said...

Wow! Beautifully written and even more beautifully photographed! The pancakes sound great and unlike other oatmeal pancakes I've had before. Can't wait to make them for tomorrow's brunch!

1:15 PM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger My delicious blog said...

Quite an opposite to mine. I am too organised. I always have planned weekend hot breakfast at home or otherwise a new cafe I planned to try. A bit freaky, I know I know. :-)

5:16 PM, January 30, 2010  
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6:32 PM, January 30, 2010  
Anonymous gluttonforlife said...

I'm wondering about a gluten-free version of these. I've got the oats but what flour do you think I might substitute--buckwheat? rice? Would love to try these...

8:01 PM, January 30, 2010  
Anonymous Leah said...

I have some leftover buttermilk, and I just bought oats. I immediately went downstairs and mixed them up - I'm now ready for Sunday breakfast!

12:59 AM, January 31, 2010  
Blogger Sarah said...

amazing! we halved the recipe and used yogurt instead of buttermilk. we also added frozen elderberries. yum!

5:32 AM, January 31, 2010  
Anonymous Mary in Seattle said...

Excellent recipe. Made these this morning and just loved them. Incredibly moist and hearty but tender at the same time. This is being added to the rotation.

11:00 AM, January 31, 2010  
Anonymous Rosita said...

Yum! I made these with frozen raspberries. My batter was pretty thick, so I had to kind of spread them with the back of a spoon as they cooked, but it worked well and they were delicious. Definitely a keeper.

5:57 PM, January 31, 2010  
Blogger laura said...

Okay this has been a family recipie since my kids were little. Someone gave me this recipie 20 years ago and I still have it. We love them warmed upleftover whth of all things cottage cheese on them:)

7:00 PM, January 31, 2010  
Anonymous Esme said...

Made them yesterday....SO GOOD! Def a new family fav. Thank you! Eating cold leftovers now...yum.

5:56 AM, February 01, 2010  
Anonymous jenny said...

These pancakes are outstanding. We ate them with real maple syrup and some homemade chunky applesauce on the side. YUM! Thanks for sharing.

7:20 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Natalie said...

I made these Saturday morning and they were just as good as you described. My husband and I loved them and I know they will become a new staple in our house. Oh, and you were right...they were very tasty as a late night snack after a few drinks!

9:40 AM, February 01, 2010  
Anonymous tobias cooks! said...

The oatmeal pancakes look delicious!

10:45 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger kickpleat said...

I've been wanting to make oatmeal pancakes for so long, so this is the nudge I need. I guess I just need to prepare a bit and get things set up in the evening (something I'm not great at) and forget about being impulsive. Thanks!

11:57 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Emily said...

The description of your typical Saturday, cold cereal and water, is sad to me. Here's for another slow weekend (or slow weekend moment for a busy person such as yourself.) I'm not sure if the whole link will fit, but if it does, it's a great Sunday morning recipe for waffled french toast and strawberry butter:


I love your blog, and I've started a bookclub. We chose your book to get our reading feet (?) wet! Just waiting for the other town's library to ship it to mine for me! Can't wait.

3:09 PM, February 01, 2010  
Anonymous Vanessa (Australia) said...

We made blueberry versions of these pancakes on the weekend and they were absolutely DELICIOUS! It was so good to have some left over for the next morning too. Exactly as you said.

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. We were using Whisk & Pin's blueberry pancake mix before but now I only crave these!

5:53 PM, February 01, 2010  
Anonymous Vanessa (Australia) said...

Just wanted to add, that being Australian, we had our blueberry pancakes with golden syrup drizzled over rather than maple syrup.

But still delicious, all the same!

5:56 PM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger zuzazak said...

Delicious! I not only love your recipes but have been inspired to start writing my own blog!


Thanks Molly!

6:23 AM, February 02, 2010  
Anonymous jessiev said...

YUM, molly! what a great recipe - definitely on the agenda for a morning around here (or dinner, you never know). thank you!

7:07 AM, February 02, 2010  
Blogger Muslim Hippie said...

This is my absolute favorite Pancake recipe'. It is divine, thank you thank you thank you! I blogged about it here: http://muslimhippie.blogspot.com/2010/02/history-of-pancakes-la-muslim-hippie.html

8:03 AM, February 02, 2010  
Anonymous Book Woman said...

Molly, at first, the thought of oatmeal pancakes didn't have me rushing to the pantry - I had made them years ago and remember them being heavy and raw tasting. However, you made them seem so wonderful that I gave them another try. My goodness gracious, these were wonderful! Some thoughts: (1) keep the pancakes small & cook at a slightly lower heat than you would with regular pancakes, (2) unless you are cooking for a crowd, reduce this recipe by half, and (3) leftovers freeze beautifully. Thanks for the recipe!

12:00 PM, February 02, 2010  
Anonymous my spatula said...

i LIVE for weekend mornings. my husband and i have an uncanny ability to waste away hours over espresso, baked goods and, more baked goods.

12:53 PM, February 02, 2010  
Blogger Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.


6:02 PM, February 02, 2010  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Bravo for you -- that is a great routine to have developed -- awesome pancakes for breakfast, AND inviting others over to join you for them!
My usual weekend routine is to, every Sunday for as long as I can remember, make a pot of coffee and read the New York Times for 3-4 hours, savoring every section, Sports included, and darn near every article. I look forward to Sundays with great joy in my heart for this very reason.
I would love, love, love it if I would also make pancakes, or eggs, or some other fab Sunday morning meal for myself, but that's a routine I haven't quite developed yet. But these pancakes could be a game changer. . . . .

7:51 PM, February 02, 2010  
Blogger Ansley said...

I actually made these delicious pancakes on - gasp! - a Wednesday morning. I have a couple of days off teaching between semesters, and was longing for a taste of home (I live in Spain), and these luxurious cakes fit the bill. A perfect excuse to break out the bottle of Grade A maple syrup I've been hoarding for well over six months. I made "buttermilk" (difficult to find here) by mixing lemon juice (abundant here) with whole milk (about 1 tbsp per cup). Thank you for the recipe and inspiration!

6:51 AM, February 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe, Molly!!!! These pancakes are wonderful -- a much tastier alternative to our standard morning fare - oatmeal with wheat bran, wheat germ, and flax seed added. I added the bran, etc., to the recipe -- 1-2 tablespoons of each -- but otherwise followed it exactly. We were surprised at how light the pancakes were. Even those who normally shun oatmeal liked them (drowned in syrup, but still...) They're great heated over for breakfast the next day, too. I plan to try substituting applesauce for some or all of the butter to make them healthier. Enjoy!

8:07 AM, February 03, 2010  
Anonymous Suzy said...

This recipe is almost identical to one I have made for years, which I got from Marcia Adams' book, Cooking from Quilt Country. Her version adds 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and has a bit less sugar. They are very hearty, aren't they?

9:10 AM, February 03, 2010  
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11:06 AM, February 03, 2010  
Blogger Dimitry said...

those are lovely pancakes, and my morning are a rush as well I actually like them better that way, it gets the day started.

3:29 PM, February 03, 2010  
Anonymous Penny said...

Molly, I am listening to your book A Homemade Life, WOW! I am always drawn to stories that are about cooking, quilting etc. (though I don't do either well) but love the thoughts of. Your book is excellent! So I came seeking your web site. How delightful to be able to sample the recipes that you so delectably describe in your book. Thanks for your comfortable approach of sharing recipes through life stories!! Thanks for not being a 'low cal' cook. Being raised on a ranch I am a heavy cream, homemade butter kinda gal.

6:13 PM, February 03, 2010  
Blogger No Blue Food said...

I just wrote an Orangette reference-heavy post on my blog, including a couple of recipes. Being pretty new to this whole game I wanted to be 100% positive that I'm going about things like that in the right way. If there's anything you'd like me to change or do differently, please do let me know!

12:41 AM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger 12th Man Training Table said...

By the way, congrats on Spilled Milk. Great stuff. You're beating the Car Talk boys at their own game, and right out of the gate. The only problem is, I thought I could listen to your show while I was cooking, but I don't think I should be wielding 10 inches of Solingen steel when you two are cracking me up — could lose a finger real easy like!

Can't wait for #3.

5:48 AM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger 12th Man Training Table said...

just as an fyi, you can pulverize a handful or more of almonds and add it to the flour, for a protein and fiber kick.

6:03 AM, February 04, 2010  
Anonymous faye delicious said...

Holy Toledo, that's alot o' butta! I love your writing. And I love butter, and for a Sunday, why the heck not have a stick in your pancakes? On a weekday I mine buckwheat--not to suffer, just because I love them. It's one egg, a spill of olive oil, a few heaping large spoons of yogurt, 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour and about a scant half teaspoon of baking soda. Add about a 1/4 cup of water and stir just til combined. Heat the skillet, drop on a little butter and fry them up in coin shapes. fayefood.com

6:29 AM, February 04, 2010  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I have always wished I could be one of those people that enjoyed lounging on Sundays. Always feel the need to move, move, move. Burns more calories that way, so I can eat yummy pancakes.

10:46 AM, February 04, 2010  
Anonymous zephyr said...

i'm just stopping in to say that i hope that you have not become bored with posting here.

Obviously you're having loads of fun making the podcast...but your writing here is, for me, where the treasure is.

Nonetheless, wishing you all the best and continued success...which i know will flow your way.

11:15 AM, February 04, 2010  
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11:37 AM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi again! Just wanted to answer a few questions:

Marcia, you're not technologically impaired! The problem is that Blogger doesn't offer a print function for its blogs - or not that I know of, anyway. When I want to print from my blog or another Blogger-hosted site, I copy and paste the text - only the parts that I want - into a Word document, and I print it from there.

gluttonforlife, you can definitely substitute some sort of gluten-free flour, yes. But to be perfectly honest, I don't know a lot about the properties of different gluten-free flours, so I'm not sure which one to steer you toward. Have you checked out this blog? She might have some advice for you.

Zephyr, don't worry! I'm not the least bit bored with posting here. I'm just a busier person than I used to be, and I'm also currently in Oklahoma, visiting my grandmother, who isn't doing well. But I'll be back very soon. Thanks for reading, and for your patience!

1:38 PM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger Harmony A. Watts said...

I'm a breakfast addict, so will likely be trying these this weekend - I have buttermilk waiting in the refrigerator. You might also try these, although they don't require a night-before commitment: http://beyondtoast.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-all-about-breakfast-absolute-best.html. From one former Biquick kid to another, homemade pancakes are where it's at. Cheers!


6:38 PM, February 04, 2010  
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8:44 PM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger Elisabelle said...

I love Saturday morning because I know that the whole week-end is in front of me.
I don't eat breakfast but i like to stay in bed long after waking up, reading or being on my computer...
that's a bliss but the thing is my husband is not at all like me(

I love your photos!!!

7:09 AM, February 05, 2010  
Anonymous wine of the month club said...

Now you just need a waffle recipe to compliment your weekend options.

Additionally, I love the smell of chicken apple sausages cooking up or maybe some applewood smoked bacon.

I agree, it's not just the food but the process as well.

9:53 AM, February 05, 2010  
Blogger zephyr said...

Sending you and your grandmother lots of warm thoughts.

6:59 AM, February 06, 2010  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I have been saving this recipe for a special weekend treat and since we snowed in here in Baltimore, MD, thought today would be a perfect day to try them (I added buttermilk to my emergency grocery store run on Thursday). These pancakes are a delicious compliment to the almost 3 feet of snow! Thanks Molly.

1:06 PM, February 06, 2010  
Anonymous Gigi said...

I've made these twice and they are delicious. In fact, they are good enough to make me drag my sorry self from the warm of my comforter and hubby last night to set the oats a-soaking. My girls love them and the few leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully. I actually like them plain with my cuppa tea. Keep those decadent delicious recipes coming!

2:47 PM, February 06, 2010  
Anonymous Molly @ molly's menu said...

The batter of these pancakes reminded me of a soft oatmeal cookie, so when I made them this morning I added a tsp of cinnamon and pinch of nutmeg along with vanilla extract. They turned out beautifully moist and fragrant with warm spice.

7:24 AM, February 07, 2010  
Anonymous Shelley said...

My beloved aunt passed away yesterday and one of my most vivid memories of spending time with her and my cousins was Sunday morning pancake breakfast. As a child I ate a LOT of pancakes in her home, to the point of not caring for them any longer as an adult. Yesterday, hours after getting the call about my aunts passing, I checked in on your blog looking for who knows what and found your oatmeal pancake post. Last night I prepped the oats and buttermilk and this Sunday morning we enjoyed chewy and satisfying pancakes in honor of Aunt Blanche's memory. Thank you for your timely sharing , these pancakes will be made again and again and again!

10:10 AM, February 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, I wasn't suggesting that 1/3 stick butter per person is a bad thing (says the person who is making salted caramel ice cream, frozen honey mousse, and lime butter cookies this afternoon for the super bowl).

11:49 AM, February 07, 2010  

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